Kerry Washington and Columbus Short Star In New Shonda Rhimes TV Pilot
The Shonda Rhimes pilot based on the real-life professional crisis fixer Judy Smith, In Crisis, has just found its two stars; Kerry Washington will play the lead character and fictionally named Olivia Price while Columbus Short will play a lawyer on her team. In real life, Smith, an A-list crisis manager, counseled both Monica Lewinsky and DC Mayor Marion Barry during their high profiled scandals.
Even though Rhimes is known for colorblind casting, this will be the second recent attempt at a network to feature a drama starring two black leads, the failed Undercovers being the last one. So if this show gets greenlit from pilot to series (which is a very good chance given Rhimes’ gold star track record on ABC)