Pilot News: Smash's Katharine McPhee Nabs Female Lead in CBS Genius Drama Scorpion

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McPhee has been cast as diner waitress/genius wrangler Paige in the Eye Network’s drama pilot Scorpion, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The potential series – penned by Nick Santora (Prison Break, Breakout Kings) — follows an eccentric genius named Walter (played by Elyes Gabel, Person of Interest) and his international network of super-geniuses as they form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

McPhee’s salt-of-the-earth character understands the smarties and acts as their caretaker/interpreter of sorts.

Sleepy Hollow/Fringe vets Alex Kurtzman are Roberto Orci among the project’s EPs. Fast & Furious vet Justin Lin is set to direct.

In addition to playing Broadway ingenue Karen Cartwright for two seasons on NBC’s Smash, McPhee was a runner-up on American Idol‘s fifth season.