Ain’t-Wrong: Your honour, I would like to prove to this court that this legal-drama-slash-prison-show is an original concept and actually worth watching, even for people who would rather wait and binge-watch a show when it’s several seasons old.
Prosecutor: What’s so special about this show that would make people leave the fulfilment of social media just to watch it? It just seems to me like a black Prison Break.
Ain’t-Wrong: Your honour, considering the high percentage of black inmates in America, you will agree with me that the African American community deserved a fairer representation in a TV show about getting out of jail than it had in Prison Break. Hence the significance of this show.
Prosecutor: Objection, Wentworth Miller played the lead in Prison Break and he’s gay. Doesn’t having LGBT representation in Prison Break make up for a shortage of black lead characters in that show?
Ain’t-Wrong: But he wasn’t gay in Prison Break your honour. Not even in the Mariah Carey We Belong Together video. We only found out that he was gay after Prison Break ended.
Racial considerations aside your honour, our show has the magic sauce which is the based-on-a-true-story tag. You write that in the credits of any show and it’s going to make viewers feel like they’re doing something intellectual – like they’re reading a book.
Prosecutor: Objection your honour, this show is just a follow up to Power and it won’t be long before the Executive Producer, Approaching-50 Cent imposes himself on the show.
Ain’t-Wrong: Doesn’t he deserve that, your honour? This court would certainly understand if a rapper from the 2000s could try to gain relevance through a TV show – as long as he isn’t the main character. Besides he’s a great consultant on the street life themes of the show since he was once shot nine and a half times.
Prosecutor: Objection your honour, getting shot nine and a half times doesn’t make someone qualified to consult for a show that has street life themes. At best, it makes him qualified to consult on a show where the characters are hard to kill, like The Walking Dead or Vampire Diaries.
Judge: Over-ruled! The fact that Approaching-50 Cent is Executive Producer of this show gives him the right to cast himself in it. But let me give a strong warning: we don’t need rappers corrupting the TV world with the fiction they use in their songs. It would be okay if it was a fantasy show like GOT but this is one about the justice system.
Ain’t-Wrong: That’s another thing, your honour. We believe that the legal drama formula is still very powerful today. It has been a successful gimmick in millions of shows, from the Meghan Markle one to Boston Legal and not to mention the ones from the eighties which would now be hideous to watch.
Judge: What happens when your rapper starts to throw in ridiculous elements like he did with Power with all that ‘Who Shot Ghost?’ nonsense?
Ain’t-Wrong: Your honour, does it really matter if the show is unrealistic if the casting is great? We already have a token gay couple and what’s more, one of the ladies in said couple used to star in Game of Thrones. Also, we have the frowny white journalist from House of Cards and he’s playing a frowny white lawyer in this one.
Very good! How is the soundtrack looking? Is it very hip and strong enough to hold up any of the episodes that turn out to be dull?
Ain’t-Wrong: It is, your honour. It’s very hip and black. And what’s more, Denzel is allowing me to use his Training Day speech mannerisms as well as his hair from Mo Better Blues.
Judge: Excellent! Case dismissed.