Pilot Scoop: Octavia Spencer Cast in Steven Spielberg's Fox Drama Red Band Society

Octavia Spencer Red Band SocietyAcademy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) has joined Red Band Society, Fox’s drama pilot from executive producer Steven Spielberg, TVLine has learned.

The project revolves around group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies and friends.

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Spencer will play the role of Nurse Jackson, described as an excellent, intuitive nurse who doesn’t put up with any crap from anyone. Nurse Jackson keeps her emotions hidden on the job, believing that anything she feels is nothing compared to the pain of her young patients. But despite her tough shell, she is profoundly sympathetic to the kids on her ward.

Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire), Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero serve as exec-producers with Spielberg (Falling Skies, Under the Dome).

Spencer recently guest-starred on the CBS sitcom Mom and in the film Fruitvale Station. Her TV credits also include 30 Rock, Raising the Bar and Ugly Betty.