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.