Pilot Scoop: Private Practice's Audra McDonald Joins CBS Legal Drama The Ordained

The Ordained CBS Pilot Cast Audra McDonaldFormer Private Practice doc Audra McDonald is trading medicine for law as one of the stars of CBS’ drama pilot The Ordained, TVLine has learned.

The project, penned by author/journalist Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and exec-produced by Frank Marshall (War Horse, The Bourne Legacy) and Larry Shuman (Devious Maids), centers on the son (played by Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox) of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.

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McDonald, who left Private Practice (and Los Angeles) at the end of Season 4 to be closer to her family and return to her theater roots in New York, will play a senior litigator at the law firm.

Coincidentally, McDonald is set to guest star in the March 10 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife as an attorney who goes up against Julianna Margulies’ Alicia.

The cast also includes Lost‘s Jorge Garcia and 24‘s Nestor Serrano.

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  1. pecola says:

    Anything with Audra McDonald in it, I’ll watch.

  2. Maggie says:

    Private Practice got a lot of flack over its run, but the best decision Shonda made was recasting Naomi, I can’t even imagine Merrin Dungey having continued, Audra WAS Naomi 100%

  3. shuayb says:

    Yay! Will def be checking out this show. Audra is more theather so haven’t seen her in anything other than Private Practice so looking forward to this a lot.

  4. forwarddad says:

    Is she done with her Broadway Play?

  5. Lori says:

    I thought she left PP because she wanted to be with her family in NYC. Will this show be filming in New York?