The next Perry Mason could be The Americans star Matthew Rhys

Perry Mason continues to be irreplaceable.

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When they cast Matthew Rhys to star in The Americans - an original spy thriller with a married couple at its heart - he was riveted by the pilot, because "it was so far from a procedural." Now, HBO is reportedly eyeing him to do the opposite, and embrace the starring role of one of the best-loved procedurals of all time, Perry Mason.

In an exclusive for, HBO revealed their potential replacement for Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming reboot. For now, it's just a possibility, but we'll let you know if the premium network can sway The Americans star to take on the part of TV's top criminal defense lawyer.

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Paul 6 days ago
A "new" Perry Mason TV series was tried in 1973 with Monte Markham and it didn't make it past the first season. Maybe a younger generation can see someone other than Raymond Burr play our favorite counselor, but I don't think most of us Boomers can.
Pacificsun 10 days ago
I just don't get it. Why bring back a classic, calling it "Perry Mason" with another actor? How can a show separate the writing, directing from the acting which makes it uniquely "that" show. Otherwise it becomes another show about a famous lawyer who solves every case! The same with Magnum P.I. Not that I was a huge fan, but Tom Selleck brought Magnum to life, and that's the point of why the show becomes popular. To me, it's just fair to the original creators who worked so hard good shows.
Pacificsun Pacificsun 10 days ago
It's just NOT fair to the original creators!
I will not watch it.
cperrynaples 10 days ago
I don't really see Rhys as Mason, I'm thinking either Paul Drake or Hamilton Burger!
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