Written by Oppenheimer, the project follows the personal and professional life of Gemma, a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets.
Underwood will play James, Gemma’s boss and sometime-lover. Gemma’s law professor and mentor for years, who instilled in her a sense of cutthroat ambition, he is the one person unafraid to belittle her.
Witherspoon executive produces alongside her producing partner Bruna Papandrea, and Oppenheimer co-executive produces for ABC Studios.
Underwood, who was in demand this pilot season with multiple offers, most recently worked with ABC and ABC Studios on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he had a recurring role. He will next be seen in a guest stint on CBS’ The Good Wife. Underwood is repped by ICM & Thruline.