3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Quantico' Taps Marlee Matlin as Part of Season 3 Reboot
ABC's Quantico, returning for an abbreviated third season with a new showrunner and without a handful of castmembers, has added a new face to its ranks.
Marlee Matlin (The L Word) has joined the procedural as a series regular. She will play Jocelyn Tuner, a former FBI agent who was known at one time to be the best undercover agent in the field until a bomb blew up near her and rendered her deaf. The FBI put her out to pasture, but now she's being brought back to join a special unit with several other returning characters.
Showrunner Josh Safran stepped down following the season-two finale, with Code Black creator Michael Seitzman taking the gig in addition to overseeing the CBS drama. Held for midseason, Quantico will return without regulars Yasmine Al Massri and Pearl Thusi, who are exiting the series. Original stars Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy and season-two addition Blair Underwood are confirmed to return for season three. Original star Aunjanue Ellis and Russell Tovey are not expected to return in a full-time capacity.
Quantico's shake-up comes after the procedural scored a surprising third-season renewal, largely on the back of strong international sales (thanks to Chopra's appeal) and a lucrative Netflix SVOD deal. Despite rumblings of a move from New York to Los Angeles to take advantage of better tax rebates, production will remain on the East Coast for Quantico's abbreviated 13-episode season.
Matlin's credits include Children of a Lesser God, for which she received a best actress Oscar, as well as TV's The West Wing, Law & Order: SVU and Switched at Birth.