EXCLUSIVE: Dawnn Lewis (This is Us) and Jude Elizabeth Mayer (Crime That Pays) are set as sequence regulars reverse Tate Donovan and Melissa Leo in Fox drama pilot Blood Relative in recastings. The forensic genealogy-themed crime drama hails from writer-producer Chris Levinson and producer Liza Chasin. Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content co-produce with Fox Entertainment.
Blood Relative is predicated on James Renner’s 2018 article “Beyond the Jungle of Bad: The True Story of Two Women from California Who Are Solving All the Mysteries,” about Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Dr. Margaret Press, who mixed their family tree experience to push the boundaries of forensic science and helped regulation enforcement determine Joe and Jane Does and monitor down serial killers.
Written by Levinson and Renner and to be directed by Phillip Noyce, Blood Relative facilities on genetic family tree, the most effective new instrument in crime scene forensics, and no one is aware of it like Louise Kelly (Leo). Too dangerous she’s unimaginable to cope with. Tyrone Marshall Brown additionally stars.
Lewis will play Lieutenant Hannah Dixon, the boss of murder detectives John Kelly (Donovan) and Brick Doughty (Brown). The first girl to carry the place within the Parish, Dixon is agency however truthful however has zero curiosity in her squad enjoying guinea pig or testing the 4th Amendment in order that Lou (Leo) can dig by victims’ DNA. Lewis replaces Tracie Thoms who needed to exit the undertaking as a consequence of scheduling conflicts attributable to the Covid-19 manufacturing shifts.
Mayer performs Ashley Kelly, 16 years old (occurring 35), Ashley is the daughter of John and Rebecca Kelly. Social, depraved humorous, an A scholar on the fencing crew — at first look, she seems to be one more Gen Z eye-rolling, selfie-taking, display obsessive. But do not let the packaging idiot you. Ashley is off the charts good, not in contrast to her Aunt Lou. Ashley ‘speaks’ social media. She can deep dive into Snapchat and Facebook to search out anybody the way in which that Lou can hint again a household tree. Once Lou learns what is going on on inside Ashley’s thoughts, she recruits Ashley to assist in the seek for the John Doe within the pilot. This is just the start of a wonderful working relationship.
Lewis originated the position of Tina Turner’s mom, Zelma in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway final 12 months. Her current tv credit embody recurring roles on iZombie and Major Crimes, and visitor roles on The Boys and Better Call Saul, amongst others. She started her tv profession on A Different World and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. She’s repped by Artists & Representatives.