According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Good Fight star Delroy Lindo is leaving the acclaimed CBS All Access legal drama in order to star in ABC drama pilot Harlem’s Kitchen.
From Zahir McGhee (Scandal), Harlem’s Kitchen centers on an African-American family who runs a fine-dining restaurant in Harlem. Their foundation is shaken after an unexpected death in the family leads to secrets long thought buried being brought into the light.
Lindo will play family patriarch Ellis Rice, a renowned chef who came to New York with nothing and opened his restaurant after spending years working his way through some of the toughest kitchens in Harlem. Though Ellis might be a devoted family man and love his three daughters to the moon and back, he knows that only one of them has what it takes to carry on his legacy.
Harlem’s Kitchen is one of several dramas in contention at ABC for 2020-21, joining gothic soap The Brides, about the fraying relationship between the three Brides of Dracula; Rebel, which stars Katey Sagal as an Erin Brockovitch-like legal advocate; thirtysomething sequel thirtysomething(else); and plane crash tale Wreckage. The network also has a straight-to-series order in David E. Kelley PI drama The Big Sky and a “second cycle” pilot order for decade-hopping medical drama Triage.
In addition to his role on the CBS All Access series, Lindo’s television credits include The Chicago Code, Blood & Oil, and Believe.