Black actors are in high demand this pilot season.
Sharon Leal, whose small screen credits include Recovery Road and Supergirl, will star in an untitled CBS drama pilot from Jenny Lumet.
Penned by Lumet with [David Marshall] Grant supervising, the untitled drama centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve myriad crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases. Leal will play Lt. Naomi Barr, the passionate, relentless leader of the hate crimes task force in NYC. [ Sheaun] McKinney will portray Michael, the liaison between the mayor’s office and the hate crimes task force. They join previously cast Grace Rex, Brad William Henke, Zach Appelman and Kevin Daniels.