Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Development News - Sarah Shahi to Headline ABC's 'Judgement'; Jason Ritter Joins CBS' 'Matlock'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - March 14, 2023

ABC's Drop-Off, Judgement & Public Defenders; and CBS' Matlock.

  • Jason Ritter has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Kathy Bates. He previously starred for two seasons in Netflix's Raising Dion. He will next be seen recurring on the upcoming second season of Showtime's Yellowjackets.
  • He will play Julian. As the son of the head of the firm, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth - but he's not to be underestimated. Diligent and persistent with a lot to prove, he's at odds with prioritizing his family and balancing his career. He always considers the good of the firm, even if it pushes the boundaries between his work and personal life.
  • Judy Greer has been cast as a series regular on the comedy pilot starring Ellie Kemper. She previously starred for two seasons in FX's Married, two seasons in Showtime's Kidding, in the NBC limited series The Thing About Pam and in Hulu's one-season comedy Reboot.
  • She will play Amanda. Hyper-confident and uber-organized, she is one of the terrifyingly "together" moms who runs the inner circle at Julia's (Kemper) kids' school. She's an expert at the art of a compliment that's actually an insult. She usually arranges babysitting swaps with the moms during school vacations, but arranges a swap with Julia, who agrees to watch her kids while Amanda prepares for one of her famous dinner parties... which ends in disaster for Julia.
  • Erika Henningsen, Arturo Castro, Kimrie Lewis, Natasha Lopez and Isaiah Dòdó-Williams are set as series regulars on the comedy pilot starring Anthony Anderson. Henningsen previously recurred on Peacock's Girls5Eva and Amazon's Harlem. Castro starred in the third season of Netflix's Narcos and in AppleTV+'s one-season dramedy Mr. Corman. Lewis starred for two seasons in ABC's Single Parents and two seasons in NBC's Kenan. Lopez recurred on HBO's The Time Traveler's Wife. Dòdó-Williams guest starred on CBS' FBI: Most Wanted.
  • Henningsen will play Catherine. New to the public defender's office, she is smart and pragmatic and passionate about justice, even though she hasn't actually taken a case to trial yet. She fights for what's right, no matter how small the injustice. And she always puts her clients first. Sure, that doesn't leave her much time for a personal life, but she's working on it.
  • Castro will play Efren, the smartest, most charismatic lawyer in the public defender's office. At least, that's what he'd tell you. Over-confident, he wants to rack up as much trial experience as possible, so he can become the next Johnnie Cochran. But underneath his arrogance is a lawyer who cares deeply about his clients and fights hard to keep them out of jail.
  • Lewis will play Bethany. As the office manager, it's up to her to hold everything together. She does it with kindness of harshness, with no in-between. She can be a loyal ally or a ticking time bomb, depending on the situation. Five months pregnant, Bethany intends to work right up to her delivery because she doesn't trust anyone else to do her job as well as she does.
  • Lopez will play Lindsay, who brings street smarts and fashion sense to the public defender's office. She's a fiercely competitive lawyer who doesn't back down from a good fight, even if it means chipping a nail. While her clients get to see her compassion and hard work, her co-workers are left to deal with her intensity and brutal honesty.
  • Dòdó-Williams will play Ray, a brilliant legal mind with the confidence of a pimple-faced pre-teen on picture day. He may have graduated from a top-tier law school, but he's still the perpetual underdog. Despite his lack of self-confidence, he loves his job as a public defender and adores his co-workers. But outside of court, Ray is a mess, second-guessing himself and frequently making his life harder than it needs to be.
  • Sarah Shahi will play the lead role in the drama pilot written by Joey Falco. She currently stars in Netflix's Sex/Life, which returned for its second season earlier this month. She previously starred for three seasons in CBS' Person of Interest and recurred on Showtime's City on a Hill.
  • She will play Mia Bahari, who is seen in two distinct periods of her life. In one, she's a brilliant, successful Appeals Court judge being vetted for the U.S. Supreme Court... so long as her dark and painful secrets don't derail the nomination. In another, she's a young spitfire of an attorney, painfully awkward at times but ingenious when it comes to navigating the many nuances of the law. She's also caught romantically between two feuding brothers who are at the root of the very things she's trying to hide from her Supreme Court investigators.