Katharine McPhee is looking to smash her way back to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned that the 'Smash' and 'American Idol' alum has just nabbed the female lead in CBS' brand new genius drama pilot 'Scorpion.'
Based on the life of Walter O'Brien, the series will revolve around eccentric genius Walter — played by 'Body of Proof's Elyes Gabel — and his international network of super-intellectuals who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.
For her part, McPhee will play Paige, a working-class hero and diner waitress who understands geniuses and becomes both a nanny-like figure and translator for Walter's super team of socially misunderstood masterminds. So...we're guessing no singing then?
Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton ('Golden Boy') will pen the script and executive produce alongside Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, and Justin Lin, who will also direct.
This casting marks McPhee's return to TV, following her co-starring role on NBC's Broadway musical drama 'Smash,' which was canceled after just two seasons. Let's hope this latest endeavor doesn't reach the same fate.
But she isn't the only 'Smash' vet to land a pilot this season. Jack Davenport will co-star in ABC's 'Sea of Fire'; Christian Borle will be seen in NBC's 'Lifesaver'; Debra Messing will topline NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura'; and Krysta Rodriguez has recently booked a starring gig in CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off, 'How I Met Your Dad.'