L. Scott Caldwell (Mercy Street) has landed a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in ABC comedic-pilot The Trustee! The one-hour project is from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s studio-based Brownstrone Productions, is written by Scherick and Ronn, and is directed by Michael Engler.

The Trustee is described as “a fun, female buddy cop comedy.” The comedy follows Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, Amanda Jones (Cox), a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Caldwell will portray Odelle Jones, Amanda’s feisty and spry grandmother, who is disappointed with Amanda’s incarceration due to raising her — what she believes to be — “the right way.”

Caldwell was mostly recently seen portraying Belinda on Mercy Street and had a recurring role in How to Get Away with Murder. She is a Featured Actress Tony Award winner for her portrayal of Bertha Holly in August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She has extensive television credits such as The Practice, Any Day Now, Murder One, The Pretender, ER, Nip/Tuck, L.A. Law, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Saving Grace, State of Mind, and The Cosby Show. Her film credits include Waiting to Exhale, The Net, The Fugitive, Like Dandelion Dust and Powder Blue.

Caldwell is definitely a well-seasoned and talented actress and we look forward to her work in The Trustee!

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