Additionally, PJ Boudousque (Pretty Little Liars) has joined the project, which stars Cougar Town‘s Brian Van Holt as the captain of the titular vessel, which was launched into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. The series picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to question the true nature of their mission.
Roth will play Juliet Bryce, the head doctor on the Ascension. Her relationship with her daughter Nora (Jacqueline Byers) has been difficult and strained for a while and the murder on board the ship has made it worse. Boudousque, meanwhile, co-stars as one of the starship’s maintenance workers.
The cast also includes Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer as manipulative power broker Vionda Denninger — aka the captain’s wife, with whom he shares a difficult marriage.
Ascension is due to blast off in November.