Archie Panjabi Blindspot

The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi to Star in ABC Drama Pilot The Jury

Former Good Wife private eye Archie Panjabi is headed back to the courtroom with a starring role in ABC’s The Jury.

The potential drama series examines the ultimate social experiment that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: a person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Described as 12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial, the project follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way.

Panjabi will play the show’s central protagonist Kim Dempsey, described as “a force of nature cloaked in a professional demeanor. She’s not interested in making friends, she’s just interested in the truth. She’s a crusader — someone who’s always had/is always looking for a cause. She’s been accused of jumping from cause to cause in the past, and maybe that’s true, but nobody can accuse her of not doing a hell of a job while she was there. When we meet Kim in the pilot, it’s been less than a year since she was ripped from the cause she thought she’d champion until her death.”

VJ Boyd (Justified) and Mark Bianculli penned the script and will serve as EPs alongside CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn.

Panjabi’s six-season run on The Good Wife concluded last May.

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  1. Wendy says:

    So it’s sort of “Murder One” (with the one case per season) meets “L&O: Trial By Jury”?

  2. JEF says:

    Love her. Hope this is a good series.

  3. Heidi says:

    I love her & will definitely check ‘Jury’ out!!!!

  4. EllenAce says:

    Love AP!

    So happy for her and all the best! I’ll definitely be looking out for this show. I’m sure it’ll be wonderful!

  5. Flyer says:

    This also reminds me of the BBC series “The Jury,” which had a first season in 2002 and a second season in 2011. It’s the same idea, with one trial and in-depth looks into the lives and perspectives of the various jurors. If the ABC show is even half as good as the BBC series was, it’ll be fantastic. I’m looking forward to seeing this!

  6. Annie says:

    I like the idea of one trial per season. And I love AP.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Bravo! Can hardly wait to see A.P. back on screen.

  8. Carol C says:

    Sure hope it works out for her. I’d love to see her back.

  9. Arlene says:

    Am very pleased to see this. I have enjoyed her work in every UK production I’ve seen her in.

  10. H says:

    I hope they let her keep her British accent.

  11. Ray says:

    Another South Asian on ABC forced to play a character with a generic Anglo name. Bah.

  12. CW says:

    Archie Panjabi is a wonderful actress. I hope this pilot is a success and worthy of her talents. I look forward to seeing her back on TV on a weekly basis.

  13. Pfitzdc says:

    I thought CBS was giving her a deal..

  14. Why on EARTH did they give Archie an Anglo name? Even Italian would be better, as in Mrs. Pucci, or even a subcontinent name such as Divya Katdare. But DEMPSEY???? Change this before it goes on the air.

  15. Derryn says:

    The Good Wife has run it’s course and we need a legal thing going to balance all the other trivia dished up. Hurrah!

    • Mike M says:

      Polishes Crystal Ball…. 2017… One ex Good Wife female star is lead in a new hit series… and another is out of work. Karma can be an even bigger b!tch than prima donnas.

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  17. Sue says:

    The show, much like Murder One, sounds interesting. Panjabi is a fine actress and I will definitely check out this series; I hope it’s a good one.

  18. matty says:

    It will sure be difficult for her to top Kalinda Sharma!

  19. One Good WIFE cast member will also be featured in this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park’s production of The Taming of the Shrew…..Cush Jumbo

  20. Nancy says:

    Love her! Good wife was not the same when they killed off Will, and when Panjabir’s character was cut out it was the end of the Good Wife for me. She is beautiful and is a wonderful actress.

  21. Keith says:

    I’ll be checking this one out. Loved Archie on ‘The Good Wife’, though for me generally, the show had begun to lose it’s way before she left. Looking forward to see her return to TV on a regular basis and fervently hope the show is smart and dramatic and funny!

  22. Heidi says:

    Can’t wait!!!! When is the premier date?

  23. will definitely check this out…I loved Archie as Kalinda…sorry she left the Good Wife……

  24. Julie Hall says:

    So glad to see Archie Panjabi back on tv. The Good Wife was awful after she left. Excellent actress, love her.

  25. Sayre says:

    this looks really good, why would ABC pass up on it? Hope it finds a home soon.