Jim Belushi to Star in CBS’ Defenders


Jim Belushi (“According to Jim,” “Saturday Night Live”) has been cast in CBS’ hour-long drama pilot, “Defenders.”

The CBS Studios project centers on two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys who go to the mat for their clients.

Belushi will play one of them, Nick Mancini, who has marital troubles and loves to drink his sorrows away.

Niels Mueller and Kevin Kennedy wrote the script and are executive producing with Joe and Harry Gantz, Carol Mendelsohn (“CSI”) and the pilot’s director Davis Guggenheim.