Introducing "Rebel" & Overdue Plans For Water Infrastructure Announced

A New Legal Drama With A Twist Coming to ABC This April

A Rebel with a cause. You know I like the sound of that!

I have a new project I’ve been working on that I’m excited (and a little nervous) to tell you about.

I’m an executive producer of a new drama on ABC’s Thursday-night lineup. It’s called “Rebel,” and the main character is inspired by my life today.

Don’t worry my work continues in real-life too, but I’m glad there’s another way to inspire more folks to find the hero inside of themselves and stand up for the causes they believe in.  

The show in a nutshell: Annie “Rebel” Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She's a funny, messy, brilliant, and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

Watch the trailer here:

The show stars Katey Sagal as Annie “Rebel” Bello, John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lana, Ariela Barer as Ziggy, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.

“I felt like this project had not only a great, funny script—Krista Vernoff is writing great scripts—I like playing a character that's aligned with my philosophy of doing the right thing,” Katey told Entertainment Weekly. “And that's really what Rebel is about. She’s the person that fights for justice.”

Other executive producers include Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19) and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light.

“The work that Erin Brockovich does in this world is so powerful and so important that it almost defies description,” Krista said. “Erin works tirelessly for social, legal, and environmental justice despite the lack of a formal degree. She inspires everyone she meets to become their own heroes, and somehow, she also keeps us laughing. It has been a tremendous honor to get to know Erin and to create a show inspired by her.”

It's been such a pleasure getting to know Krista, who is a true powerhouse in the creative world. She’s earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Grey’s Anatomy, two as a producer for the show's Best Drama Series nominations in 2006 and 2007 which were won, and one personal nomination in 2006 for Best Drama Writing for her episode “Into You Like a Train.”

The premiere episode of Rebel was written by Krista and directed by Tara Nicole Weyr.

You can watch the first episode of Rebel next week, Thursday, April 8 at 10|9c on ABC.

The Right to Clean Water

Did you see this tweet from POTUS yesterday? About time a president said something! One of the first steps to fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one.

The president has announced big plans to fix this country’s infrastructure, including $111 billion for our water systems. You know I’ll be watching how every dime of this money is spent.

“The American Jobs Plan will put plumbers and pipefitters to work, replacing 100 percent of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines so every American, every child can turn on a faucet or a fountain and drink clean water,” Biden said in a speech announcing the plan in Pittsburgh.

As you all know, this news can’t come soon enough. Flint and thousands of other sites across the U.S. have lead crises happening.

A joint investigation by the Guardian and Consumer Reports also found alarming levels of forever chemicals, arsenic, and lead in tap water samples taken across the U.S. No surprises there!

It’s a great example of citizen science happening as statisticians worked with a group of 120 volunteers to represent a cross-section of the country. Within each region, testers were chosen to provide a mix of urban and rural locations as well as small and large water systems.

The results continue to show us that the Safe Drinking Water Act is dying a slow death. We need our leaders to take action now.