‘Scorpion’ premiered to huge ratings with its series debut on Sept. 22, but is it a hit that’ll stick? Star Katherine McPhee tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY why it’s the best new drama of the season!
Katherine McPhee takes on her most serious role yet the CBS drama Scorpion, playing a single mother who becomes involved with a computer tech company full of genius outcasts, and finds that her son has a special gift.
‘Scorpion’: Katherine McPhee On Why It’s The Best Drama Of The New Season
“There is a nice element to this show — it’s a high-action drama, but it’s actually quite funny,” Katherine McPhee tells HollywoodLife.com about her new series, Scorpion, which follows a group of hyper-smart social outcasts who work for a computer company, based off of a true story.
“I always liked things based in reality and the main character of our show is a real person, his name is Walter O’Brien,” the actress adds. “You get to look at this real company he created, and today, it’s a company that has geniuses working for the company and they work for the government and work with lots of lots of top CEOs and corporations.”
The pilot showed the beginning of the company, and the series will continue to show what the successful high-tech brand has become.
“I also love top secret things that we don’t necessarily know about. So people who watch the show can be interested in things that really do happen,” Katherine explains.
Do Not Expect Katherine McPhee To Sing & Dance On ‘Scorpion’
The former American Idol contestant previously starred on Smash, but even though she’s known for her killer pipes, don’t expect Katherine to sing. Her character, Paige Dineen, is much more serious than her usual casting, but she does stick out from the rest of the cast.
“My character’s not a genius,” Katherine says. “I think it’s probably one of the first characters that I’ve had a little bit more of a difficult time relating to her just because I don’t have a kid and I’m not a single mother.”
Although she’s the only non-genius, she finds an unusual bond with the geeks over her son.
“She has a little 8-year-old boy that’s challenged so she’s kind of working really hard to support him and to connect with him and she doesn’t really connect with him,” she tells HollywoodLife.com. “Walter O’Brien comes to the rescue and kind of informs me that my child is maybe not so much a special needs child, but maybe a real eccentric genius. So they all suddenly become this outlet to my son and connection to my son that I haven’t been able to have with him, until I could understand him.”
And as for her own real-life talents, “I may not be dancing and singing on screen, but I’ll keep dancing and singing off camera!”
HollywoodLifers, are you hooked on Scorpion? Let us know if you’re going to keep watching Katherine McPhee’s new series this fall!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister