ABC picks up “Rebel” at the series; Katey Sagal, drama stars inspired by Erin Brockovich – Deadline


ABC today gave a direct order for the 10-episode series to Rebel, her drama starring Katey Sagal inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich. He comes from Brockovich, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 executive producer / showrunner Krista Vernoff, Davis Entertainment, Sony Pictures TV and ABC Signature. It will debut in 2021.

Rebel was one of five ABC 2020 pilots – all anchored by the coronavirus pandemic – which were selected by the network in June to shoot once production can safely resume. He joins two other projects on the ABC 2020 pilot list that have received direct orders for the upcoming series: David E. Kelley Big sky, already filming in Vancouver and the comedy by Kari Lizer Call your mother which is also a Sony TV / ABC Signature co-production.

Vernoff, on the left, and Brockovich
photos: Brooke Blanchard, courtesy of Erin Brockovich

As a precursor to a direct commission for the series, ABC had commissioned a Writers’ Room for Rebel, what i hear has produced six scripts so far. The pickup gives Vernoff three series on ABC as Rebel will join Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, both already in production on their new seasons.

the Rebel pickup also marks Davis Entertainment’s second direct broadcast order during the pandemic, joining Equalizer with Queen Latifah at CBS. The company also has two returning drama series, NBC’s The blacklist and CBS ‘ Magnum PI

Rebel, whose first episode is written by Krista Vernoff and will be directed by Tara Nicole Weyr, centered on Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal). She’s a blue-collar lawyer without a law degree – a funny, messy, bright, fearless woman who desperately cares about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

ABC 2020 Pilot and Series Orders

“Erin Brockovich’s work in this world is so powerful and important that it almost defies description. Erin works tirelessly for social, legal and environmental justice despite the lack of an official degree. She inspires everyone she meets to become their own heroes and somehow makes us laugh too. It was a huge honor to meet Erin and create a show inspired by her, ”said Vernoff. “I am delighted to be working with a dream cast led by the extraordinary Katey Sagal with the incredible directing of Tara Nicole Weyr. I couldn’t be more excited about commissioning the series for ‘Rebel’, and I am so grateful for the support of Dana Walden, Karey Burke, Craig Hunegs, Jonnie Davis and all of my partners at Walt Disney Television and ABC.

Andy Garcia, John Corbett, James Lesure, Lex Scott Davis, Tamala Jones, Ariela Barer, Kevin Zegers and Sam Palladio co-star opposite Sagal.

“Erin Brockovich has never stopped the amazing job she does fighting for her clients as if they were family, and Krista Vernoff’s take on her life today in Rebel is undeniable, ”said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment. “Katey Sagal is a power as Rebel, and along with Andy Garcia, John Corbett, and the rest of the phenomenal cast, viewers are going to fall in love with these characters and the world Krista has created for them.

Vernoff’s management produces through its Trip the Light banner alongside Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment as well as Andrew Stearn and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light. Mike Stein of Davis is a co-producer.

« Rebel it’s not just my story, it’s all our stories. There is a hero that exists in all of us, and I am so excited that Krista Vernoff and ABC are bringing their visionary story to this series, ”said Brockovich. ” The name Rebel is bursting with empowerment, courage and overcoming even under the worst of circumstances. I can’t think of anyone better to play this role than the indomitable Katey Sagal, who is such a force, along with the rest of this amazing cast.

The series is produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney TV Studios, in association with Sony Pictures Television.


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