Look who's coming back to the land of TV! Ashley Judd has been cast as the star of NBC's Texas church drama, 'Salvation.' This marks her return to the small screen, where she toplined the ABC series 'Missing' for one season before it was canceled.
Judd’s vast resume includes NBC’s hour long drama ‘Sisters,’ and feature films such as, ‘Heat,’ ‘Double Jeopardy,’ ‘Kiss The Girls,’ and the television movie, ‘Norma Jean & Marilyn.’
'Salvation' is an intense family saga, written by Elizabeth Heldens, the creator of NBC's 2009 medical drama 'Mercy' and mystery drama 'Deception.' The pilot is set against the backdrop of a Texas Mega-Church and centered on Jennifer Strickland (Judd) and the mysterious death of her husband, Mega-Church Pastor Daniel Strickland. After Daniel's death, Jennifer, crushed by grief, has to protect her children and the Spring Hill congregation by stepping up and taking over her husband's church.
Stark Sands is set to co-star in the drama as Paul Strickland, the eldest child and heir to Daniel's church empire. Paul suffers from a chronic stutter, and it is rumored that he might have played a role in his father's death. Meg Steedle has been cast as Lilly, the Stricklands' eldest daughter, who is married and pregnant with her third baby. Emma Dumont and Jake Picking have been cast as the Stricklands' two younger teenage children.
Writer Elizabeth Heldens is set to executive produce alongside David Janollari ('Six Feet Under'). The pilot will be directed by Jeff Reiner ('Friday Night Lights').