NCIS alumna Pauley Perrette announced on Twitter that her upcoming new comedy series Broke will premiere on April 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS, taking over the time slot of Carol’s Second Act after it finishes its current season.
The 50-year-old actress plays Jackie in Broke, a single mother and bartender whose ordinary life with her son Sammy (Antonio Corbo) is turned upside down when her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), Elizabeth’s husband Javier (Jaime Camil) and his assistant Luis (Izzy Diaz) suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Broke will be Perrette’s first lead role since her departure from NCIS almost two years ago.
Perrette left NCIS in May 2018 after starring on the show for 15 seasons as forensic scientist Abby Sciuto. The actress claimed that there were “multiple physical assaults” on set before her exit.
In June 2019, Perrette shared a now-deleted photo of a crew member with a black eye and stitches. She asserted it was her decision to speak out and “protect” the NCIS crew, which led to her departure.
Despite not revealing how much or when the alleged assault occurred, the actress and her costar Mark Harmon’s working relationship had worsened after he brought his rescue dog to the set. In 2016, numerous reports claimed that an unidentified crew member was bitten by Harmon’s dog, resulting in 15 stitches.
Perrette was involved in numerous incidents in which she was injured, particularly one incident that stands out where she claimed she was attacked by homeless men twice in the span of three months in 2015 and 2016. In May 2019, she shared a photo of herself in a hospital gown with a bloodied bandage on her arm but did not explain the injury.
Since her departure from NCIS, fans have waited for her to return to the show. However, in June 2019, Perrette made it very clear that she would never return to the series and claimed she is “terrified” of her former costar Harmon.
Despite the issues, the actress continued her relationship with the network and landed the lead role in Broke.
Broke premieres on April 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS.