Saycon Sengbloh (Scandal) has been confirmed as a series-regular opposite Archie Panjabi, Austin Stowell, Erin Moriarty, Rita Wilson, and Anthony Edwards in Fox’s untitled university thriller drama pilot!

Written by Shelden Turner (Up in the Air), directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficara (This Is Us), and executive produced by Scandal Co-Executive Producer Judy Smith, the drama will tackle sexual assault on college campuses. It centers on Matt Kincaid (Stowell), the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a female student, Cassie (Moriarty), accuses several star football players of sexual assault. Kincaid gets to work with Jourdan Price (Panjabi), a crisis-management consultant brought in to help with the scandal. Ranging from the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence to a university administration under siege, the series will explore the high-profile controversy as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.

The untitled project hails from 20th TV, Turner, and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Productions.

Sengbloh will portray Ava, a cop who worked her way up to being a detective and is investigating several football players accused of assault.

Sengbloh is an accomplished actress, having recently been nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Eclipsed and has a recurring role on Scandal. Judy Smith is an American crisis manager, lawyer, author, and television producer, and is the founder, president, and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company.

Given the variety of real-to-life stories surround sexual assault on college campuses, this upcoming drama is sure to be a significant part of pop culture and will provide a meaty role for Senglobh! We look forward to it!

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