New York attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, is getting his own sitcom.
The sitcom, which premieres Thursday night, is called Divorce Lawyer Manhattan and features a former attorney general and two former U.S. attorneys.
“It’s about how to get people’s attention in this country, how to deal with your clients,” said New York Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is also a lawyer.
Shapiro’s sitcom, Divorce Attorney Manhattan, premieres in New York on Thursday at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“We’re just getting started with this.
We have a lot of comedy to come,” Shapiro said.
The show will be available on HBO GO starting at 9 p.t. on Wednesday and will be streamed in the U.K. on Thursday.
In the show, Shapiro and two of his former attorneys discuss their careers, their divorces, and their current cases.
The episode, “Tough Guys,” will air Thursday night at 9:30 p.l. in the United Kingdom.
It was produced by New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and features former U of T law professor Michael Cohen and his partner Robert Sullivan, both of whom are former New York U. lawyers.
“The idea is to give a glimpse of the culture of a law firm, to understand what it is like to be an attorney and then to show you what you can do if you are a successful lawyer,” said Shapiro, a former chief of staff to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
The lawyers have a number of upcoming cases on their docket, including one to challenge the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and another to challenge a California ban on abortions.
Shapiro said that the two lawyers are working to put their new shows on HBO so they can help others get into the field of law.
“If you’re going to have an event like this, you better be able to deliver,” he said.
“This is the only way you’re ever going to make a dent in this system, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Cohen, who said he was surprised to be invited to star in the sitcom, was happy to be on the show.
“I am thrilled to be part of this incredible comedy adventure and am thrilled that Josh is joining the team,” Cohen said in a statement.
The two attorneys were introduced by Shapiro, whom he called a “true legend of New York’s legal profession” who “made his name on behalf of millions of New Yorkers.”
The episode also will include the views of Shapiro, Cohen and other former attorneys from the New York bar and a “lawyers’ podcast” hosted by New Jersey lawyer James Riggs.
Shapiro called the podcast “an invaluable resource” for people who want to get into law.
He also called for the use of comedy in the law, saying “the bar should not be a joke.”
“It will give us a lot more people to work with who know how to deliver a strong, witty, and professional legal argument,” he told New York Magazine.
“That’s what a comedy show is for.”
The comedy show was produced in partnership with Shapiro’s firm, Sullivan & Co. and produced by comedian David Byrne and his company, Bully, which specializes in improv.
In addition to Shapiro and Cohen, the cast includes David Gans, James Woods, Anthony Colletti, and others.