S. Epatha Merkerson S. Epatha Merkerson

Law & Order alum S. Epatha Merkerson has joined CBS' untitled medical drama pilot from Susannah Grant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project follows a competitive surgeon (Patrick Wilson), whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) dies and begins teaching him about life from the hereafter. Merkerson will play Wilson's administrative assistant.

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Julie Benz and Afton Williamson round out the cast.

Grant (Erin Brockovich) will serve as executive producer alongside Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), who will also direct the pilot.