Everyone’s favorite mind-reading faerie waitress, Anna Paquin, is returning to television to star in Reese Witherspoon’s new pilot, entitled Broken. This project, set to air on ABC, seems destined for greatness, as there is some serious talent attached. In addition to Paquin and Witherspoon (who is producing), Broken will be written by Fear the Walking Dead’s Meaghan Oppenheimer and also star T.R. Knight (George from Grey’s Anatomy, who is long overdue to return to TV himself), Blair Underwood, Penelope Ann Miller, and Charity Wakefield.
Broken follows Paquin’s Gemma, a high-powered Texas divorce attorney, as she navigates life after her emotionally-damaged sister (played by Wakefield) returns to town and stirs up all sorts of hidden secrets and childhood trauma. Looks like Paquin is not moving very far from the gothic South of True Blood’s Louisiana, and she’ll be employing her well-practiced Sookie Stackhouse drawl to great effect. It will be fun to see Paquin in a more modern, cutthroat courtroom setting, putting the cheating spouses of Texas in their place, rather than lusting after vampires and werewolves. Her character’s troubled past should provide a wealth of dramatic angst to tap into, and it looks like she and Blair Underwood will be getting cozy onscreen as well. Don’t tell Vampire Bill!