An actress who received a Golden Globe nomination for an ABC series is set for a lead role in a new NBC show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “Pushing Daisies” alum Anna Friel will star in the NBC pilot “Odyssey,” which is described as a “Traffic”-like thriller.
From writer and executive producer Peter Horton, the drama is about three families that are affected when a female soldier, a corporate attorney and a political activist are drawn into a military conspiracy, the story reports.
Friel will play Sgt. Odelle Ballard, who has left her child and husband at home and is the only woman in her squad, the piece notes.
Friel was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a TV series, musical or comedy, for "Pushing Daisies" in 2008.
Until a few weeks ago, Friel was attached to the controversial Showtime project "The Vatican," which the pay-cable channel — under pressure over the project from the Catholic Church — elected to scrap, as we reported previously.