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Lauren Ambrose to Topline ABC Cop Drama 'Broad Squad'
ABC has found the leader of its Broad Squad.
Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose has been tapped to topline the network's drama pilot Broad Squad, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, inspired by true stories, follows the first four women to graduate from Boston's Police Academy in 1978.
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Ambrose will star as Eileen, a type-A married mother to a young son. She is always organized, prepared, polished and determined. Eileen is one of the four Boston Police Academy graduates, now a rookie on the force. Married to a recently wounded police officer, she is the daughter of a distinguished councilman and comes from a law enforcement pedigree and a proud Irish family of cops. She puts a ton of pressure on herself to be the best because of her sterling family history, balancing her new job with being a good wife and mother, which all threatens to crack her poised exterior and bring turmoil to her home life. Eager to prove her mettle on the streets, she will learn the hard way that being the best at the academy, doesn't mean anything on the streets of Boston.
She joins a cast that includes True Blood's Rutina Wesley, Charlotte Spencer and Cody Horn, who play the other three cops the drama revolves around.
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For Ambrose, the role comes as she's recurring on USA Network's miniseries Dig. Her TV credits include Lifetime's Deliverance Creek, Syfy's Coma and Torchwood. She's repped by UTA, Kipperman Management and Sloane Offer.
Bess Wohl (CSI: NY) will pen the script for the ABC Studios and Fake Empire drama. Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Aaron Kaplan will executive produce. Coky Giedroyc will direct the pilot.