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Ireland’s STRIKING OUT to be Aired on Acorn

Amy Huberman At Acorn TV ‘Striking Out’ TV show panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/18 – Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, Ireland’s #1 drama STRIKING OUT (Series 2) will come to Acorn TV on Friday, March 16th, 2018.  The six-episode series follows attorney Tara Rafferty as she strikes out on her own with a private practice after finding her fiancé and another woman in bed.  Series stars Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey, who play Tara Rafferty and her mentor Vincent Pike, were introduced by Matt Graham at a TCA Winter 2018 press tour panel taking place on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena.

Amy Huberman “just wanted a job” when she took the wide-ranging role of Tara Rafferty.  Her brother is also an actor in their small but scenic country.  “I felt like a tourist sometimes, but it was lovely to work at home [in Ireland],” Huberman said.

What differences between Irish and British law might surprise American audiences?  For one things, judges in Ireland are called “Judge”–not “Your Honor.”

And how does STRIKING OUT compare with American legal dramas?  In both cases, the life of being a lawyer is shown to have aftereffects in real life.

(L-R) Actors Neil Morrissey and Amy Huberman, and RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Content Officer for Acorn brands Mark Stevens of ‘Striking Out’ speak onstage during the Acorn TV portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
(Jan. 14, 2018 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

Tara Rafferty has to keep telling herself to step back from certain kinds of clients, according to Huberman.  Both kinds of human dramas are ultimately very relatable.

Both Huberman and Morrissey are big fans of LAW AND ORDER, Dick Wolf’s perennially popular crime franchise with thrilling cases “ripped from the headlines.”  Neil Morrissey’s significant other of 16 years got her law degree at UC Berkeley and thinks that L & O is the closest to actual law that there is on American television.

Just as LAW & ORDER paints an indelible portrait of New York City, STRIKING OUT is a snapshot of contemporary life in Ireland.  If you have ever wondered about that–or never wondered about that, but are willing to–let STRIKING OUT transport you “across the pond” into a new world that might come to seem much like our own underneath it all.

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