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Indian American actor Aasif Mandvi attends “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” Not The White House Correspondents Dinner at DAR Constitution Hall April 26 in Washington, D.C. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TBS)

CBS May 9 announced that it was giving a series order to “Evil,” a supernatural drama from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, which also stars Indian American actor Aasif Mandvi in a co-lead role.

Written and executive produced by the Kings and directed by Robert King, “Evil,” according to Deadline, is a psychological mystery that examines science vs. religion and the origins of evil. “It focuses on Kristen Bouchard (Herbers), a skeptical clinical psychologist who joins a priest-in-training David Acosta (Colter) and a blue-collar contractor, Ben (Mandvi), as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possessions and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work,” it said.

Mandvi’s Ben, adds the report, is a carpenter who was recruited for David’s team early on, and has a deep skepticism about all things supernatural. “He is a genius at uncovering the organic reasons behind reported “hauntings,” but there may be things outside his understanding that will rattle his belief system,” according to Deadline.

Mandvi, last seen in “A Kid Like Jake,” which also starred Priyanka Chopra, will also be seen in Disney Junior’s new India-inspired animated series, “Mira, Royal Detective,” and in “Human Capital,” a film adaptation of Stephen Amidon’s 2005 novel.

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