TV vet Marg Helgenberger is back on TV in an all-new role on All Rise. Marg spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY about why this show had her engaged from the very beginning, whats in store for her character, and more.
All Rise is a new courthouse drama that premieres Sept. 23 on CBS. The series follows the lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles. Marg Helgenberger, 60, stars as Lisa Benner, who is a mentor to the newly-appointed Judge Lola Carmichael, played by Simone Missick. HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Marg at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about how All Rise brought her back to CBS.
“During pilot season there were actually quite a few pilots that I actually read in which there were characters that I was right for,” Marg told HollyoodLife. “Sometimes its not the case. They dont have that many roles women over the age of 45. I had already read a few pilots but this one engaged me immediately. I just thought the writing was so good, the dialogue was great, the characters were interesting, and it took me by surprise actually.”
Marg, best known for her role as Catherine Willows on CSI, also teased what we can expect from Lisa and her dynamic with Lola. “She has political ambitions. I think she also has natural leadership abilities and likes being in charge of a lot of judges, most of which are white men,” Marg continued. “And thats why I was also such a big champion for Lola, a woman of color. I think that Lisa, my character, sees a lot of her younger self in Lola and that Lolas got this drive and this passion and she doesnt want somebody to have to take a plea deal just because its the expedient way of doing things. So she might go to trial and I have to kind of step in and say, we just dont