Seasons 1 and 2 of the legal drama are available to stream on both platforms as of December 1st. The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which picked up All Rise for a third season following its cancellation at CBS, will also air the first two seasons of the series in the buildup to the launch of its season 3, which is set to premiere sometime in 2022.
Based on the 2005 book Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira, All Rise revolves around the personal lives of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in a Los Angeles courthouse, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and police to get justice for the people amidst a flawed legal system. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive former deputy district attorney who does not intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.
Launched in 2019, All Rise ran for two seasons on CBS after getting canceled. The show’s cancellation came after a string of behind-the-scenes issues on the show. Back in August 2020, it was reported that five writers left the series after clashing with then showrunner Greg Spottiswood over how race — specifically people of color — and gender were depicted. After complaints from staff members about Spottiswood’s leadership, the human resources department of Warner Bros. Television Studios reviewed the show’s workplace and “decided to keep him as the showrunner” but hired an African American female corporate coach to guide him. However, in March 2021, Warner Bros. ultimately fired Spottiswood from the series due to the misconduct allegations, which led to the cancellation of the show two months later.
Four months after CBS canceled All Rise, OWN announced that it ordered a 20-episode third season of the courtroom drama. Missick is returning as Judge Carmichael and will also serve as an executive producer on the new season. Dee Harris-Lawrence will also return as showrunner and executive producer.
Aside from Missick, cast members Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lindsay Mendez, and Lindsey Gort, are all set to return. Since the options on the actors had expired in June following the drama’s cancellation by CBS, they had to make new deals and all scored raises, according to Deadline.
Unfortunately, Marg Helgenberger, who was cast in NBC’s drama pilot Getaway in July, is not coming back for season 3. But sources told Deadline that the door is open to Helgenberger and any other All Rise alums to appear on the new season subject to availability.
“All Rise has been a great performer, achieving strong ratings and growing its share from season one to two. Featuring a strong character front and center, Judge Lola Carmichael’s story reflects our audience with powerful affirmation,” said OWN president Tina Perry in a statement last September. “A special thanks to Warner Bros Television and our incredible showrunner and longtime partner Dee Harris-Lawrence. We can’t wait to get started on season three and bring this show back for long-standing and new fans alike.”