CBS understands that Detectives Mason Garrity (Michael Chiklis) and Ayana Lake (Teyonah Parris) aren't going to be able to solve this Murder on their own, signing up Luna Lauren Velez (Dexter) and Pulse's Pallavi Sharda as series regulars in the pilot for the upcoming crime mockumentary series. Written by Lethal Weapon's Amanda Green and and directed by Anthony Hemingway, the series is based on the British miniseries and executive produced by Green, Lindsey Liberatore and Dan Lin (Stephen King's It). Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. Television will handle production.
Here's an overview of what Murder will be about, as well as a look at Velez and Sharda's characters:
Murder explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series, which centers on Detectives Mason Garrity (Chiklis) and Ayana Lake (Parris), invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects' guilt or innocence for themselves.
Capt. Lili Alvarez (Velez): A trailblazing leader for women in the NYPD, Alvarez is a strong and supportive squad boss. She always protects the detectives under her command, and she's keeping a watchful eye on the new partnership of Detectives Mason Garrity and Ayana Lake. But her rise through the ranks required personal sacrifice and now leaves her wondering if she neglected her private life for too long.
Dr. Parvati Agrawal (Sharda): A meticulous forensic pathologist, Dr. Agrawal sees herself as the final doctor for each homicide victim. But this professional compassion comes at a personal cost, and Dr. Agrawal knows all too well that her over-identification with her work can lead her into dangerous territory.
Best known for her role as Capt. Maria LaGuerta on the first seven seasons of Dexter, Velez has recently appeared on How To Get Away With Murder and MacGyver. Sharda most recently appeared on Australian television series Pulse; and appeared in the Academy Award-nominated Lion.