Rutina Wesley, coming off playing Sookie’s best friend Tara on True Blood for seven seasons, has been cast as one of the four leads in ABC’s period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen, Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Wesley) — who arrived at a tumultuous time in the city’s history and have to navigate rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone. Kapital Entertainment and Fake Empire produce for ABC Studios. Wesley, repped by Inspire Entertainment and SMGSB, is recurring on Hannibal.
Lenny Platt (One Life To Live) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot The Adversaries, from ABC Studios and writer/executive producer David Zabel and ABC Studios, It centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty, Charles Fisher (O’Quinn), who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on. Platt, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Vanguard Management Group, will play Danny, the smart, energetic, high strung, straight out of Queens attorney and devoted employee. Platt recurred on How To Get Away With Murder.
Newcomer Elvy Yost (Old Boy) has booked a regular role in ABC drama pilot The Catch, from ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Written and executive produced by Jennifer Schuur based on the novel by Kate Atkinson, The Catch centers on Alice (Mireille Enos), who is about to get married to Kieran (Damon Dayoub) and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when Kieran’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Yost, repped by Impression Entertainment and ICM Partners, will play Maria, who loves her job at Meyer, Morrison and Rose, and despite the fact that her mom keeps sending her job posts for big law firms, is happy exactly where she is.