Revolution alum JD Pardo is set as a series regular opposite Jeremy Sisto, Archie Panjabi and Kevin Rankin in ABC’s murder trial drama pilot, The Jury. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: A person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Described as “12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial,” the series follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way. Pardo will play Oscar, a U.S. Marine who signed up for the Corps straight out of high school and displays immense pride in his status as a soldier. Pardo is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
Punam Patel has landed a series regular role on Toast, ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. The project hails from Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. Written by Foley and Grunberg and directed by Gail Mancuso, Toast revolves around engaged couple Max (Jono Kenyon) and Page (Jerrika Hinton), who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage. Patel will play Arden, a charmingly spoiled life of the party who is first up to give a toast at the rehearsal dinner and definitely says more than she should. Patel, who cut her teeth in Chicago’s Second City, is also an alum of CBS’ Diversity Showcase. Her credits include a series regular role in Kevin From Work and a guest starring role on NBC’s untitled Amy Poehler pilot. She is repped by APA and Principato Young Entertainment.