*Yaani King (“Mad Men”) is set as a regular in Lifetime’s backdoor pilot “Deliverance Creek,” a slavery-set drama from Nicholas Sparks Prods. and Warner Horizon, reports Deadline.com.
It centers on Belle (Lauren Ambrose) who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary and is pushed into becoming an outlaw by the corrupt bank that runs their town.
King will play Kessiah “Kessie” Washington, a quick witted plantation slave who forges her own freedom papers and sets out for Deliverance Creek with a desperate plan to save her family from slavery.
King was one of a handful of black actresses to star in AMC’s “Mad Men.” Last season, she played Peggy’s secretary Phyllis.