In April, we announced that Kerry Washington signed an overall deal with ABC Studios for her newly launched production company Simpson Street (named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in the Bronx).  Under the two-year agreement, Simpson Street will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

Washington is officially on board to executive produce Patrol, a workplace drama about four female LAPD officers who attended the police academy together five years ago and are forced to reconnect after a high-stakes, traumatic secret returns to haunt them.  This will be Washington’s first series under the new overall deal with ABC via her Simpson Street banner.

The script was written by Chitra Elizabeth Sampath (Secrets and Lies) who will also serve as a co-executive producer. Other executive producers include Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams, and Washington’s Simpson Street producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.

Washington joined the cast of Scandal in 2012, and became the first black woman to lead an American network drama series since 1974.  During her second season on Scandal, she went on to become the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.  Scandal will return during the 2016-17 season.



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