Parenthood‘s Joy Bryant is set as the co-lead opposite Kim Raver in the ABC drama pilot The Advocate. Also cast in the project, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV, is Burn Notice and The Game alum Coby Bell.
Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan, who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare consulting company. It centers on Francis “Frankie” Reese (Raver), a tough, resourceful, type-A businesswoman at the top of her game who has a medical scare and experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine. Bryant plays Frankie’s partner, Dr. Ryan Clarke, a brilliant doctor who meets Frankie by chance, helps her out of a tight spot and subsequently opens a patient advocacy firm with her hard-driving new friend. Bell, repped by Innovative and Barbara Stark Management, plays Chris, who is trying to keep the medical firm afloat. And Freddie Thorp was cast as Frankie’s son.
Turner and Klein executive produce, with Lifson-Pompan and Ulene serving as consulting producers. On the big screen, Bryant, repped by ICM Partners, The Schiff Co, and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams, was recently seen in About Last Night.