Jimmy Smits Going the Extra Miles for ‘Outlaw’

Jimmy Smits NBC photo by Mitchell Haaseth

Jimmy Smits has been going the extra mile — and then a few miles more — to give a last-minute boost to his new NBC “Outlaw” series, which gets its premiere tonight (9/15) after the finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

“I’m a little worn around the edges.  I’ll be happy when we kind of set sail and let the shows speak for themselves,” admits the nice guy star, who’s also an exec producer on the show.  “But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.  Having to travel to New York or DC to do press stuff, which we have to do — it’s taxing.  It’s been an exercise in time management for me.”  He laughs.  “Get the violins.”

He was in the midst of what promised to be a 16-hour work day when we spoke to him.

The fact that Smits’ new drama takes lots of risks makes it all the more challenging to launch.  The biggest risk: his character, a Supreme Court Justice who’s a decidedly flawed fellow, and who steps down from the bench in a crisis of conscience and starts taking on cases that are related to controversial issues, like immigration.  The bad boy good guy has left some critics dubious.  However, Jimmy points out, “It’s a very personalized viewpoint we’re looking at, so it’s not soap-boxy…The hot button issues we do, juxtaposed with a character who has a lot of flourishes, complexities and chinks in the armor, makes for something really compelling.”  They’re starting Episode 4, he says, and have found their groove.

Smits’ lady of twenty-some years, Wanda De Jesus, has her own series about to launch as well – “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”  As far as how things are on the home front, he says, “We’re fine.  Everything is fine.”

And as far as  the fact that his show is scheduled, in its forthcoming regular Friday night timeslot, opposite fellow veteran Favorite TV Star Tom Selleck’s “Blue Bloods”?

“I wish him well.  We all just have to do the best we can when we get our up at bats, that’s all,” says Jimmy.  “We’re doing good work over here.  I’m excited.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

3 thoughts on “Jimmy Smits Going the Extra Miles for ‘Outlaw’

  1. Pingback: Jimmy Smits gives last minute boost to "Outlaw" series | HollywoodNews.com

  2. Marjorie Trainosky

    PLEASE DO NOT TAKE JIMMY SIMT’S “OUTLAW” OF THE AIR…..ARE YOU CRAZY…..IT IS A GREAT SHOW WITH A DIFFERENT STORY FOR A CHANGE……JIMMY SMITH’S IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR AND I (FOR ONE)
    HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR HIS RETURN TO TV……MY FRIENDS ALL ENJOY THIS PROGRAM AS WELL………..

    KEEP THE “OUTLAW” ON TV…………SHAME ON YOU FOR TAKING THIS
    PROGRAM OFF THE AIR……WHAT ARE YOU THINKING……YOU DID NOT
    GIVE IT A FAIR CHANCE………..

  3. saxton taylor

    I just discovered OUTLAW, Brilliant!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe they took it off the Air!!!!!! What were they tinkling!! Hope you return to TV, Love your acting. Love you work. Your eternal fan.

    Saxton

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