Sharon Leal Instinct

Supergirl's Sharon Leal Boards CBS' Alan Cumming-Led Drama Instinct

J’onn J’onzz’s lady love on Supergirl has found a new network to call home.

Sharon Leal — who last season recurred on the aforementioned CW program as White Martian M’gann — has booked a series-regular role on CBS’ midseason drama Instinct, it was announced Thursday.

Instinct follows Dr. Dylan Reinhart (The Good Wife‘s Alan Cumming), a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer. He is lured back into his old life when tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Shameless‘ Bojana Novakovic) needs his help to stop a serial killer.

Leal will portray Lizzie’s friend, who has recently been promoted to their boss at the NYPD. She replaces Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami), who played a different iteration of the character in the pilot.

The cast also includes Naveen Andrews (Lost) and Daniel Ings (Lovesick, The Crown).

The pilot episode — based on a soon-to-be-published James Patterson novel — was penned by Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), who serves as an executive producer alongside Patterson and Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-0).

Leal’s many TV credits include Grimm, Hellcats, Private Practice, Boston Public and Guiding Light.

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  1. jhanse3 says:

    Looks like she is replacing Khandi Alexander on the show in a recasting. Have always liked Sharon Leal since Boston Public.

  2. Lyndy says:

    I like her…will check her show out

    • Lyndy says:

      Wow …really loving this cast Allan Cumming, Naveen Andrews and the awesome super charming Daniel Ings. Hope Daniel gets to use his British accent

  3. Uno says:

    Oh wow a cop show where the black person is the boss.. But almost never does anything except give orders in the beginning of the episode then dissapear for most of the show while the 2 white leads do all the work… Tired of the trope.. But cast is strong so I will check it out

  4. Steve Holmes says:

    Let me guess another show with a gay character, black character, latino character who delve into an interracial relationship, etc… It doesn’t matter the plot or story-line when every show on tv is doing the same exact thing for political correctness.

    • Uno says:

      How exactly is the mere inclusion of diverse characters “political correctness ” also I assume your use of that term is meant to mean it as a perjoritave… Typical douchebag response

    • Summer says:

      It’s not political correctness, button. It’s kind of what the world looks like. If that’s not okay with you and you need to surround yourself with whiteness, might I suggest a move to Antarctica?

    • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

      So in other words just like a real life workplace in the average large American city.
      Where I work, gay person. Check. Black person. Check. Latino person. Check.
      Now all the show needs is someone Asian and someone from India and it will be a typical day at my building.

    • dancmh says:

      Well aren’t you just a precious snowflake?

  5. She was wasted on Supergirl. I think her run was good, but I wanted her back for more. I don’t blame her for moving on to something better. She’s a talented actress and deserves a meaty role.

  6. clintbrew says:

    i take that they will probly recast Mgann in supergirl for s3 if sharon leal cus miss martian can change form cus she did it in Young justice and Martian manhunter did it a few times in the comics and he replaced the real hank henshaw

    • Rex the Wonder Dog says:

      I doubt it. In the season finale M’gann said she was going back to Mars, but would stay with J’onn for a little while. So that gives the writers an excuse for writing out the character completely. It will be like Max Lord, everyone will forget she ever existed.

  7. Shaun says:

    Don’t think we ever found out about her character on Grimm.Did she run or die?

    • Tara says:

      If you look at the Grimm Wiki it says that the last time she was on Hank was on to her or at least suspicious of her being with Black Claw. He ended up knocking her out after she woeged and tried to hit him and they took her to One of the interrogation rooms in Hadrian’s Wall. When she refused to cooperate she was turned over to Eve for interrogation/torture. Eve was seen as the episode ended fusing her mouth together and getting ready to take away her other senses. She wasn’t seen on the show after that instance.