Sarah Shahi (Sex/Life) is set to star in the ABC drama pilot “Judgement.” The pilot was just ordered last December and hails from former Charmed showrunner Joey Falco. Shahi will produce in addition to starring.
“Judgement” is a high-stakes legal soap that redefines the genre by playing out over two timelines. Fifteen years from now, a woman (Shahi) being vetted for a Supreme Court seat recounts her experience at a prominent D.C. law firm in 2023, where the only thing more controversial than the cases was her messy love life, caught between two feuding brothers. Now, with a Supreme Court seat on the line, all of her darkest secrets are at risk of coming out, threatening her nomination, her reputation and her marriage.
We meet Shahi’s Mia Bahari in two distinct periods of her life. In one, she’s a brilliant, successful Appeals Court judge being vetted for the U.S. Supreme Court — so long as her dark and painful secrets don’t derail the nomination. In another, she’s a young spitfire of an attorney, painfully awkward at times but ingenious when it comes to navigating the many nuances of the law. She’s also caught romantically between two feuding brothers who are at the root of the very things she’s trying to hide from her Supreme Court investigators.
Joey Falco is the writer and executive producer on the pilot. Falco executive produces with Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan and Jordan Cerf. Paul McGuigan directs and also executive produces.
20th Television is the studio. Mar and Kasdan are currently under an overall deal at 20th TV via The Detective Agency.
If the pilot receives a series order, the show will air on ABC and stream on Hulu in the US and is expected to release on Disney+ internationally.
Shahi currently stars in the Netflix series Sex/Life, which debuted its second season on March 2. Other credits include City on a Hill, The Rookie and Heartstrings.