Sex/Life star Sarah Shahi is set as the lead and also will produce Judgement, ABC’s drama pilot from former Charmed showrunner Joey Falco and 20th Television.
Shahi had been in talks for the project for weeks as ABC and the producers had to work through her commitment to Sex/Life, which she headlines.
Written and executive produced by Falco, Judgement is a high-stakes legal soap that redefines the genre by playing out over two timelines. Fifteen years from now, a woman (Shahi) being vetted for a Supreme Court seat recounts her experience at a prominent D.C. law firm in 2023. Where the only thing more controversial than the cases was her messy love life. Caught between two feuding brothers. Now, with a Supreme Court seat on the line, all of her darkest secrets are at risk of coming out, threatening her nomination, her reputation and her marriage.
We meet Mia Bahari in two distinct periods of her life. In one, she’s a brilliant, successful Appeals Court judge being vetted for the U.S. Supreme Court — so long as her dark and painful secrets don’t derail the nomination. In another, she’s a young spitfire of an attorney, painfully awkward at times but ingenious when it comes to navigating the many nuances of the law. She’s also caught romantically between two feuding brothers who are at the root of the very things she’s trying to hide from her Supreme Court investigators.
Falco executive produces with Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan and Jordan Cerf. Paul McGuigan directs and also executive produces. 20th Television is the studio.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Reid Scott and François Arnaud (Midnight, Texas) are set as the male leads
Reid Scott plays Tommy Quinn is a high-powered defense attorney and partner at one of D.C.’s most successful law firms. He’s charming, confident and — some might say — deliciously arrogant. He’s the brother of Deputy Solicitor General Leo Quinn (Arnaud) and finds himself instantly attracted to Leo’s lawyer girlfriend, Mia (Shahi), who he lures to his firm for reasons that might not be entirely above board.
François Arnaud ‘s Quinn is a driven, righteous D.C. attorney, currently serving as Deputy Solicitor General. He and his brother Tommy have a contentious history, which isn’t helped when Tommy hires Leo’s girlfriend to work at his firm. Sweet and intelligent, Leo is an incredibly supportive partner, a proud feminist and is happy to help Mia achieve her goals, but when those goals begin to conflict with his own ambitions, it will test his deepest beliefs and his relationship.
Portia Doubleday, Christine Adams & Ken Kirby Join Cast
Portia Doubleday will play Eloise ‘Ellie’ Roth, a quirky, eternally optimistic, up-and-coming associate who strikes an immediate friendship with her new colleague, Mia (Shahi). She also happens to be the daughter of the firm’s founder, leading many to see her as a classic nepo-baby. But the brilliant, determined Ellie sees proving herself as an exciting challenge (almost as exciting as her favorite reality TV show, which she will not shut up about).
Christine Adams portrays Special Agent Monica Moore, who has a fearless intensity thanks to a long career with the FBI. Where she’s had to dodge both bullets and institutional misogyny. Moore is in charge of vetting Judge Mia Bahari (Shahi) for a seat on the Supreme Court. But rather than talk about her judicial philosophy, she’s laser-focused on getting Mia to discuss her time working with Danny Quinn (Scott). Because the truth is, Moore is hiding a secret agenda of her own. And her mysterious goals make her a dangerous antagonist to Mia in her quest to get on the Court.
Ken Kirby is Andrew Chang. With a friendly demeanor and upbeat energy, Andrew Chang is the Deputy White House Counsel who joins FBI agent Monica Moore (Adams) in interrogating Judge Mia Bahari (Shahi) as part of the vetting process for a possible Supreme Court seat. He’s a bundle of nerves desperately trying to appear professional, and much more empathetic than the relentless Moore, but this being the White House, everyone has secrets…and even the seemingly innocuous Andrew is no exception.
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