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14
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'Scandal's' Joe Morton Boards TNT's 'Proof'

The NAACP Image Award winner will join the pilot and play the head of a hospital where Jennifer Beals' character works.

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Scandal's Joe Morton may have found a new full-time gig.

The actor, who has been recurring on the third season of ABC's red-hot Scandal, has booked a series regular role on TNT's drama pilot Proof, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Proof centers on a skeptical, hard-science, female surgeon, Katherine (The L Word's Jennifer Beals), who has been struggling with family issues, including a tragic death. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings -- all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life's greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

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Morton will co-star as Dr. Charles Russell, the serious, dry and -- naturally -- intimidating head of Katherine's hospital. He's hard-pressed to control her but appreciates her abilities and commitment.

Rob Bragin (Murphy Brown, Greek) penned the script for Proof and will executive produce alongside Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Alex Graves, the latter of whom directed the pilot. Additionally, Sean Gleeson has boarded the pilot, playing Dr. Len Barliss, Katherine's ex-husband who still works with her at the hospital. Len and Katherine currently share custody of Sophie, their rebellious teenage daughter.

For Morton, the casting in the pilot leaves the door open for the actor to return to Scandal, where he's been a recurring guest star playing Rowan, the mysterious father to Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope and the former head of black-ops group B613. The role earned him a NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama

Morton, whose credits include Terminator 2, Speed and Eureka, is repped by Talent Works and Vanguard Management.

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