*ABC’s pride and joy Kerry Washington is developing a new female-driven drama with the network set in the world of the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to Variety, the “Scandal” star is set to executive produce “Patrol,” a workplace drama about four female LAPD officers who attended the police academy together five years ago and are forced to reconnect after a high-stakes, traumatic secret returns to haunt them.
The project will be the first under Washington’s new overall deal with ABC, which she inked in April to develop new projects for ABC Studios.
Washington is producing the pilot through her newly-launched production shingle Simpson Street, which also housed HBO’s “Confirmation,” in which Washington starred as Anita Hill, marking the company’s first project.
Chitra Elizabeth Sampath, who served as a writer/producer on the first season of ABC’s “Secrets and Lies,” penned the “Patrol” script and will serve as a co-executive producer. Along with Washington, executive producers are Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams, plus Washington’s Simpson Street producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.