Encore Mystery network acquires all 30 'Perry Mason' TV movies
UPI News Service, 08/02/2010
The U.S. cable network Encore Mystery says it has acquired all 30 Perry Mason TV movies from CBS Television Distribution and will start airing them next month.
"Before Judge Judy, Nancy Grace, Gloria Allred, Johnny Cochran and all the rest, there was only one lawyer on television -- his name was Perry Mason, and he never lost a case," Encore said in a news release Monday about the fictional attorney.
"After the series ended its nine-year run in prime time, the great defender, played by Raymond Burr, returned in a series of made-for-TV movies beginning in 1985. Encore Mystery has acquired all 30 television movies from CBS Television Distribution."
The network said it plans to start airing the films Sept. 6, with a Labor Day Marathon. After Labor Day, a Perry Mason movie will air every Monday night.
Joining Perry in the TV movies are his old sidekick Della Street, played by Barbara Hale, and William Katt, Hale's real-life son, as Paul Drake Jr., taking over the role from the late William Hopper.