Diahann Carroll, Craig Bierko and Pat Hingle Star in 'Court' TV March 26

News   Diahann Carroll, Craig Bierko and Pat Hingle Star in 'Court' TV March 26 Several theatre actors comprise the cast of "The Court," the new ABC-TV series about the members of the U.S. Supreme Court that stars Oscar winner Sally Field.

Several theatre actors comprise the cast of "The Court," the new ABC-TV series about the members of the U.S. Supreme Court that stars Oscar winner Sally Field.

Field portrays Kate Nolan — the newest addition to a deeply divided Supreme Court — in the drama, which premieres March 26 on ABC (10 PM/9 PM Central). Created and executive-produced by Carol Flint, the cast also boasts several stars who have put in significant time on the Broadway stage, including Diahann Carroll, Craig Bierko and Pat Hingle.

Carroll, who made her stage debut in House of Flowers and who won a Tony Award for her work in No Strings, portrays Justice Desett in the drama. This marks the first time an African-American woman has portrayed a U.S. Supreme Court justice on television. Carroll has a long string of "firsts" associated with her career: She was the first black actress to have her own TV series ("Julia"), the first black cast member of "Dynasty" and the first black actress to replace a white actress in a Broadway play (Agnes of God). The actress/singer has also starred in several feature films, including "Claudine," for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

Bierko, who was on Broadway this season in Susan Stroman's Thou Shalt Not, portrays Harlan Brandt, an aggressive television reporter seeking to uncover any improprieties involving the Court or its members. Bierko made his Broadway debut in the hit revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, earning a Tony Award nomination for the role of smooth talker Professor Harold Hill.

Pat Hingle, who stars as Chief Justice Townsend, has appeared in over 20 Broadway productions, including 1776, Four, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, J.B., That Championship Season, Strange Interlude and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (Tony nomination). The series is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

—By Andrew Gans