Grey’s Anatomy’s T.R. Knight will be trading in his stethoscope for a briefcase in the new ABC show Broken.
Broken will feature Anna Paquin as Gemma, a divorce attorney “whose life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Knight will play an associate lawyer at the firm trying to become partner. According to TVLine: “Knight — who can currently be seen in the Hulu drama 11.22.63 —will play Mark, Gemma’s work nemesis who is competing with her for the same position. On the outside he is jolly and likable, the kind of guy who will come to your kid’s christening without being invited. His jolliness is entirely an act though. Despite his seemingly jovial, oblivious nature, he is actually incredibly calculating. A backstabber you don’t see coming.”
Paquin and Knight will also be joined in the series by Blair Underwood and Penelope Ann Miller. Meaghan Oppenheimer has written the series, which will be produced by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.
Knight famously left his hit ABC show Grey’s Anatomy after coming out of the closet and being called a “faggot” on set by co-star Isaiah Washington.
“There just comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision,” Knight said in a 2009 interview.
At the time, his friend and cast member Katherine Heigl tried to talk him out of it.
“I didn’t think it was the right decision,” she said “I felt like some of the problems could be worked through. But by the time it came to fruition, I was [glad] for him because he was ready to go.”
Knight walked away from a $14 million contract.
“From an outsider’s perspective, I get the [impression that] ‘He’s just a spoiled actor…he doesn’t know how good he has it,'” he said. “There are a lot of people who would like to be in my position. But in the end, I need to be fulfilled in my work.”
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