*Sharon Leal has been tapped to star in an untitled CBS drama pilot for CBS from writer Jenny Lumet and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Richard Shepard, who also directs, reports Deadline.
The character-based procedural centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
Leal will play Lt. Naomi Barr, the passionate, relentless leader of the hate crimes task force in NYC.
Also cast as a male lead in the project is “Vice Principals’” star Sheaun McKinney, who will play Michael, the liaison between the mayor’s office and the hate crimes task force.
Grace Rex, Brad William Henke, Zach Appelman and Kevin Daniels co-star.
Leal most recently recurred as M’gann M’orzz on CBS’ “Supergirl” and also previously recurred on “Grimm.” Her big screen credits include “Dreamgirls” and “Why Did I Get Married?”
McKinney co-stars as Dayshawn on the HBO limited comedy series “Vice Principals,” which returns for its second and final installment this summer. Additionally, he has a season-long arc on the new NBC comedy series Great News at NBC, and has an arc on FX’s upcoming John Singleton drama series “Snowfall.”