Actress Kerry Washington keeps things scandalous by developing a female-lead police drama under her new production deal with ABC.
According to Variety, the 39 year-old will executive produce Patrol, which is a workplace drama about four female LAPD officers who attended the police academy together and are now forced to reconnect after a traumatic secret returns to haunt them.
The series will also fall under the control of her production company Simpson Street. The script is written by Chitra Elizabeth (Secrets and Lies), and she will also serve along side Washington as a co-executive producer of the series.
This news comes after Washington starred as Anita Hill in HBO’s “Confirmation,” which earned her an Emmy nod for Outstanding Lead Actress. She’s also earned two Emmy nominations in 2013 and 2014 for her role on the ABC Thursday night favorite “Scandal.” The show is currently in hiatus until mid-2017 due to Washington’s pregnancy.
Given the success of Scandal, her new show “Patrol” is bound to be fascinating and rake in the ratings. Washington is sort of considered the Beyonce of the TV realm, and just as the BeeHive, Keri’s stans go up for her. But there’s no word on whether she will once again star and produce, but her involvement, the show’s female focus and with the promise of heart pounding drama gives Patrol the formula for a must watch series.
Kerry Washington has come along way from starring as Chenille, in the 2000 feature film Save The Last Dance, which was her first major acting role. Since then, she has went on to star in critically acclaimed films including Ray (2004), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012). It also should be noted that Washington is the first African American woman to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.