*Phylicia Rashad, whose last series television role was as the iconic Claire Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” will return to the network in the pilot “Do No Harm,” a modern day take on “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rashad will play Dr. Vanessa Young, the Chief of Surgery and the boss to brilliant neurosurgeon Jeffrey Kohl (Steven Pasquale). Kohl has a secret: He’s managed to keep his dangerous alter ego, Ian Price, in check. But when he develops immunity to medicine that had kept Ian under wraps, his evil side aims to destroy the good side’s career and personal life.
A powerful and intimidating figure, Vanessa is Jeffrey’s greatest champion but is also deeply confrontational and calls things like she sees them.
Rashad joins a cast that also includes Alana De La Garza, Ruta Gedmintas, Mousa Kraish and Michael Esper.
Rashad is currently on the big screen in the Tyler Perry feature “Good Deeds.” Her other recent credits include “For Colored Girls,” “Just Wright” and the TV movies “Change of Plans” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” She has also guested on “Psych.”
As for series television, Rashad partnered again with Bill Cosby in his 1990s sitcom “Cosby.” She joins a growing number of veteran TV players starring in pilots this spring, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Kirstie Alley and John Stamos.