24 and Grey’s Anatomy alumna Kim Raver has been tapped as the lead of the ABC drama pilot The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros TV.
Written by Turner and directed by Michael M. Robin, The Advocate was inspired by the real story of former talent agent Byrdie Lifson-Pompan who teamed with Valerie Ulene, a medical doctor and a health education specialist, to launch a healthcare abclogoconsulting and case management company. It centers on Francis “Frankie” Reese (Raver), a tough, resourceful, type-A businesswoman at the top of her game who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed, and experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system. Shocking her friends and family, she leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine. Turner and Klein executive produce, with Lifson-Pompan and Ulene serving as consulting producers.
Raver, repped by Atlas Artists and WME, recently reprised her 24 role as Audrey Boudreau in the limited series 24: Live Another Day.