ABC has set the four leads in its period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, with the last one going to Lauren Ambrose, currently seen in USA’s limited series DIG. Also cast in the pilot, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc, are Michael Gaston (The Mentalist), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) and Alberto Frezza.
Broad Squad, from Kapital Entertainment, Fake Empire and ABC Studios, is 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 (Ambrose), Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Rutina 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.
Gaston plays Capt. Donahue, who oversees his boys’ club precinct with a take-charge affability, clearly amused and annoyed by the intrusion of four female rookie cops. Mitchell, repped by Domain, Berwick & Kovacik and Hansen Jacobson, plays Jim Pearce, a police officer, now sidelined due to an injury, and Eileen’s supportive husband. Frezza plays Officer Frank, a rookie cop on the BPD, a charming ex-high school football star who “found a higher calling.”
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