*Former “Mistresses” star Rochelle Aytes has landed a plum role in ABC’s thriller drama pilot “Doomsday,” from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV.
“Instinct” is set in the wake of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions.
Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Aytes will play Dr. Elle, a renowned physicist, MD, author and member of the former Doomsday Project think tank. Notable for her ability to popularize science, “making complex ideas disgestible for the masses,” Elle starts out with the laissez-faire opinion that any problems people create can be fixed later.
As previously reported, Taye Diggs has been cast as Dr. Davis Albright, an engineer and architect who at one point was the youngest-ever head of disaster prevention for FEMA.
Joachim Ronning will direct the pilot from a script by Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd.
Aytes recently played the lead role of April in all four seasons of “Mistresses,” ABC’s remake of the hit UK series. She also had series-regular roles on ABC’s “Work It” and “The Forgotten.” On the big screen, she starred in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “White Chicks” and “Trick R’ Treat.” She’ll next be seen in “Magic Camp” alongside Gillian Jacobs and Adam Devine.