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‘The Good Wife’ Alum Archie Panjabi to Star in ABC’s Drama Pilot ‘The Jury’

Archie Panjabi has found her next major gig following “The Good Wife,” as she’s been cast in ABC’s drama pilot “The Jury,” Variety has learned.

Panjabi will play Kim Dempsey, the protagonist of the pilot, which is one of the first across broadcast networks to close a major casting deal. “The Jury” has been gaining traction, and insiders tell Variety more series regular roles should be set soon with specific actors currently negotiating.

Centering around a single murder trial, “The Jury” follows a trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their pre-conceptions change along the way.

Described as a “force of nature cloaked in a professional demeanor,” Panjabi’s character Kim is not interested in making friends — she’s interested in the truth. 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 great job. When Kim is introduced in the pilot, it’s been less than a year since she was ripped from the cause she thought she would champion until her death.

From writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, “The Jury” will be exec produced by Boyd, Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Bianculli is a co-exec producer. Sony and ABC Studios are producing.

Panjabi exited “The Good Wife” at the end of Season 6 with plans to star in her own show for 20th Century Fox, but Panjabi’s holding deal with the studio had expired and she was free to purse other opportunities — hence “The Jury.”

As for “Good Wife,” exit plans for the long-running CBS drama have been on the rumor mill lately with the news the creators Robert and Michelle King would depart the series after its current seventh season. However, CBS president Glenn Geller stated that she show could “absolutely” continue, but star Julianna Margulies has also added fuel to the fire.

Panjabi is repped by Gersh.

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