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Jason Ritter Joins Amazon Drama ‘Goliath’

The new David E. Kelley legal drama starts streaming on Amazon Prime on Oct. 14

Amazon’s star-studded David E. Kelley legal drama “Goliath” is adding Jason Ritter to the cast, The Wrap has learned.

Ritter will play FBI Special Agent Joe Farley, a wry but savvy kind of guy. He joins Billy Bob Thornton, Wiliam Hurt, Maria Bello, Olivia Thrilby and Molly Parker. Ritter is currently recurring on Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and HBO’s “Girls.”

Thornton, who most recently was nominated for an Emmy for his chilling role in the first season of FX’s “Fargo,” plays Billy McBride, a former goliath of the law. Now he’s a borderline alcoholic lawyer who’s seen better days, but is looking to redeem himself with a case that turns out to be quite a David-vs-Goliath battle, with Billy now on the David side. Hurt is Billy’s nemesis, Donald Cooper.

Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro are writing all 10 episodes of the season and serve as executive producers, along with Ross Fineman, Larry Trilling and David Semel (who was also an exec producer on “Parenthood”).

The show was one of the few shows Amazon has ordered straight to series, bypassing the usual process of putting the pilot up for voting from the masses on Amazon.

“Goliath” premieres Oct. 14 on Amazon Prime.