TAYE DIGGS STARS AS HOTSHOT ATTORNEY KEVIN HILL WHOSE LIFE IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WHEN HE IS LEFT TO RAISE HIS COUSIN'S 10-MONTH-OLD BABY, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF "KEVIN HILL,"
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29 AT 9:00PM ON UPN
"Pilot" � Hotshot attorney Kevin Hill's (Taye Diggs) life changes overnight when he is given custody of his recently deceased cousin's 10-moth-old baby Sarah. As he struggles to adapt his lifestyle in order to care for Sarah, including hiring full-time nanny George (Patrick Breen), his law firm starts to cut back his workload because they feel he is unfocused. But Kevin, insulted by their actions, quits and lands a job at an all female boutique law firm that coincidentally is more understanding of his situation than he expected, on the series premiere of the new drama KEVIN HILL, Wednesday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on UPN. Arvin Brown directed the episode from a script written by Jorge A. Reyes.
Later, after settling into his new responsibilities, Kevin finds himself on the other side of the bench against his former law firm and his best friend, attorney Dame Ruiz (Jon Seda) when he must defend a woman who has accused a popular baseball player of sexual assault.
UPN's new drama follows Kevin Hill (Taye Diggs), a 28-year-old, self-made, hotshot entertainment lawyer in New York City living the ultimate bachelor life -- a high-power job, plenty of pretty ladies and enough money to buy whatever he wants. Through all of his exploits, he is joined by his buddy and fellow attorney, the charming and witty Dame (Jon Seda). But Kevin�s whole life turns upside down when he's left to raise the 10-month-old daughter of his cousin, who unexpectedly passed away.
After figuring out how to deal with bottles, diapers and his new no-nonsense, gay nanny George (Patrick Breen), Kevin quits his workaholic law firm for the flex-time boutique law office, Grey & Associates, owned and staffed completely by women. Kevin must adjust his attitude when dealing with his new co-workers, who include Jessie Grey (Michael Michele), a professional single mom and boss; Nicolette Raye (Christina Hendricks), the office's most underestimated legal weapon, and Veronica Carter (Kate Levering), a whip-smart diva who previously had a one-night stand with Kevin. Despite continuing temptation from his party buddies, Kevin is determined to walk the line between the women at his job, the women that he chases, and the baby girl in the crib.
Taye Diggs most recently completed shooting the independent feature "Cake," with Heather Graham. He will next be seen in the feature films "Drum," which centers around Drum magazine writer Henry Nxumalo and is based on the real life events that sparked the movement against apartheid, as well as the independent thriller "Slow Burn," alongside Ray Liotta, Mekhi Phifer and LL Cool J. Diggs' other feature film credits include leading roles in such films as "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "The Wood," "The Best Man," "Malibu�s Most Wanted," and "Brown Sugar," for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Most recently, Diggs co-starred with Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Academy Award-winning film "Chicago." Other credits include "Basic," "Equilibrium," "Just a Kiss," "The House on Haunted Hill" and Doug Liman�s "Go." On television, Diggs' credits include a recurring role on "Ally McBeal," and guest appearances on "Ed," "The West Wing," "New York Undercover" and "Law & Order." Diggs jump-started his acting career on Broadway when he landed a coveted role in the acclaimed production of "Carousel," followed by the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent" where Diggs originated the role of Benny the Landlord. Recently, he returned to his roots in the theater with performances in "Wicked," "Chicago" and "The Wild Party."
Jon Seda most recently appeared in the 2003 hit film "Bad Boys II," starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His other film credits include "Undisputed," "Love the Hard Way," "Price of Glory," "Selena," "Primal Fear," "12 Monkeys," "Carlito�s Way," "Boys on the Side" and "I Like It Like That," for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead. He also earned a Best Actor nomination at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for his work in "The Sunchaser." On television, Seda was a series regular in "UC: Undercover" and "Homicide: Life in the Street." He also had recurring roles in the series "Third Watch" and "Oz" and has guest starred on "The Jury," "Las Vegas," "Hack," "New York Undercover" and "NYPD Blue." Seda, a former Golden Gloves champion, got into acting after answering a casting call for a boxing film, "Gladiator," and got the role.
Patrick Breen has appeared in numerous television series. Most recently, he had recurring roles in "Joan of Arcadia" and UPN's "Rock Me Baby." He was a series lead in "Ties That Bind," "Big Wave Dave," "Sunday Dinner" and "Just in Time." He has also guest starred in numerous series, including "Will & Grace," "Monk," Law & Order," "The West Wing," "Judging Amy," "Frasier," "Ally McBeal," "Sex and the City" and "Party of Five," to name a few. Breen will next be seen in the feature "Christmas with the Kranks," also starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. His other film credits include roles in "Radio," "Stark Raving Mad," "Galaxy Quest," "One True Thing," "Men in Black" and "Get Shorty." On stage, Breen has appeared in the Broadway productions of "Sweet Adeline," "Big River" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs." In addition to acting, Breen has achieved success as a writer. In 2002, Paramount Classics released the feature "Just a Kiss," which he wrote and starred in with Taye Diggs and Marisa Tomei. Currently, he is casting his next script entitled "Kevin Approaches," which will star Laura Linney.
On television, Kate Levering most recently starred as Jeannie Martin in the television movie "Martin and Lewis," starring Sean Hayes. Levering's additional television credits include appearances in the series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Home Improvement," "One Life to Live" and "Witchblade." On Broadway, Levering received a Tony Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2001 Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for her role as Peggy Sawyer in "42nd Street." Her additional theater credits include the Harry Connick, Jr. musical "Thou Shalt Not," "The Music Man," "Annie Get Your Gun," "The Life" and "A Christmas Carol." Levering also toured with "Chicago" and "West Side Story."
Christina Hendricks' first television break came when she became a regular in the series "Beggars & Choosers." Since then, she starred in the series "The Big Time," "The Court," opposite Sally Field and Craig Bierko. She also had recurring roles in "E.R." and "Firefly," and guest-starred in episodes of "Miss Match," "Tru Calling" and "Presidio Med."
Bruce Davey ("Braveheart"), Alex Taub ("Judging Amy") and Nancy Cotton are executive producers. Jorge Reyes ("Resurrection Boulevard") is creator and co-executive producer. The series is produced by Icon Productions in association with Touchstone Television.
Kevin Hill: Taye Diggs
Dame Ruiz: Jon Seda
George Weiss: Patrick Breen
Veronica Carter: Kate Levering
Nicolette Raye: Christina Hendricks
Andrew Klein: Joel Keller
Jessie Gray: Michael Michele
Mr. Davis: Matt Cooke
Jack Dumonde: Mark Cameron Fraser
Evelyn: Lisa Marcos
Aunt Kathy: Karen Robinson
Brett: Jordan Barker
Record Executive: Shant Srabian
Record Company Lawyer: Eric Weinthal
Robin Tate: Michelle Nolden
Sean Reynolds: Seann Gallagher
Tiffany: Hayley Verlyn
Judge Crowe: Sheila Brand
Hot Girl #1: Catherine Burdon
Hot Girl #2: Amy Todd
Probate Attorney: Tony Nappo
Flight Attendant: Leigh Rachel Faith
Jane: Jane McLean
Indian Doctor Girl: Imali Perera
Hasmik: Kathryn Haggis
Hiring Lawyer #1: John Anderson
Hiring Lawyer #2: Gerru Salsberg
Hiring Lawyer #3: Arnold Pinnock
Opposing Male Lawyer: Brendan Wall
RATING: To Be Announced