Jeri Ryan Debuts In Boston Public

By Lisa
October 29, 2001 - 7:48 PM

Jeri Ryan as Ronnie Cooke in 'Boston Public' - Copyright FOX Broadcasting Tonight former Voyager star Jeri Ryan will put Seven of Nine's cat suits firmly behind her when she makes her on screen debut in Boston Public.

Ryan will star as Ronnie Cooke in the first show of the series sophomore season. Here's how TV Guide describes tonight's episode:

School's open for the sophomore season of this perceptive, often provocative series, which introduces three new regular cast members. The primary newcomer is a smart and sassy civil lawyer named Ronnie Cooke, an old friend of Harry Senate, whose visit to Winslow High has a career-altering impact. The other new characters are teachers: a free-spirited English instructor, who generates controversy in the classroom; and an avid science academician, who triggers a macabre investigation involving the troubled teen, Jeremy Peters.

The former Seven of Nine actress will play a disgruntled former corporate lawyer who decides on a career change. Her character's transition from lawyer to schoolteacher will not be easy, and the money she made in her former career is set to jar with her new colleagues.

The role was created for Ryan by series creator David E. Kelley, who is also the writer behind shows such as Ally McBeal and The Practice. It will be the third show Ryan has joined mid way through its production. Before joining Voyager in its fourth season, the actress joined Dark Skies mid way through its first season.

Boston Public is a drama series about the professional and personal lives of a group of teachers at Boston's Winslow High School. The show's first season won an Emmy award for best outstanding art direction for a single-camera series, and was nominated in the outstanding guest actress in a drama series category.

The new series of Boston Public starring Jeri Ryan begins tonight at 8:00 p.m on FOX.

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