ABC is planning an Erin Brockovich inspired series starring Katey Sagal

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Rebel, the Erin Brockovich inspired TV drama is heading to ABC from Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff.

ABC has given a straight to series order for a brand new drama series titled Rebel. Like the film Erin Brockovich, Rebel is inspired by the life of consumer advocate and environmental activist, Erin Brockovich.

Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff will serve as executive producer on the show alongside Alexander Schmitt. In addition, the real life Erin Brockovich herself is on board to executive produce.

The incredibly talented Katey Sagal is heading back into the ABC television family after her previous show with the network, 8 Simple Rules, ended back in 2005. Sagal has signed on to star as Annie “Rebel” Bello in the series. Annie is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree, she is described as “a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves.”

In a statement announcing the series order, president of ABC Entertainment, Katey Burke said: “Erin Brockovich has never stopped the extraordinary work she does fighting for her clients like they’re family, and Krista Vernoff’s take on her life today in Rebel is undeniable. Katey Sagal is a powerhouse as Rebel and with Andy Garcia, John Corbett and the rest of the phenomenal cast, viewers are going to fall in love with these characters and the world Krista has created for them.”

As mentioned in the statement, joining Sagal are John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lona, Ariela Barer as Ziggie, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke, and Andy Garcia as Cruz.

Rebel is set to premiere on ABC sometime in 2021.

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