1:45pm PT by Rick Porter
'Good Fight' Creators' CBS Pilot Casts Female Lead (Exclusive)
A supernatural drama pilot at CBS from the creators of The Good Fight has found its female lead.
Katja Herbers (Westworld, Divorce) will star in Evil, an X-Files-esque show from Robert and Michelle King, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Herbers will play Kristen Benoist, a skeptical forensic psychologist working with the Catholic Church who assesses cases of unexplained phenomena to determine if there's a scientific or supernatural explanation.
The other lead characters, who have yet to be cast, are a priest in training and a blue-collar contractor. The trio investigates supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences.
Herbers is repped by UTA, Lasher Group and Felker Toczek, along with The Artist's Partnership in the U.K.
CBS TV Studios, where the Kings have an overall deal, is producing the pilot. Sources tell THR the project has been an early frontrunner among the dramas on CBS' development roster, which also includes the FBI spinoff FBI: Most Wanted; the spy thriller Surveillance; Tommy (formerly Nancy), about the LAPD's first female chief; a crime-show take on Frankenstein from Elementary's producers; and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced medical drama Under the Bridge, among others.
Robert and Michelle King co-wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Liz Glotzer, president of the couple's King Size Productions. Robert King will also direct.
Evil marks a return to the CBS broadcast network for the Kings, who created The Good Wife and its CBS All Access spinoff The Good Fight (whose third season is set to debut in March). Their last series for the network was the short-lived BrainDead in 2016.
The couple is also developing Girls With Guns for CBS All Access and executive producing the limited series Your Honor, starring Bryan Cranston, for Showtime.