ABC Appoints Field To ‘Bench’

The verdict is in: Sally Field is going back to the small screen. After lengthy negotiations, the two-time Oscar winner has struck a deal to play a liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice in the ABC/Touchstone TV drama pilot “The Bench.”

If the pilot is ordered to series, sources said Field will command a hefty salary — in the neighborhood of $150,000 an episode. “We’re incredibly excited to have an actress of Sally’s caliber in a piece like this,” Touchstone executive vp Steven McPherson said. “We’re proud to be a part of it.”

Also joining Field in the “Bench” cast are Alicia Witt, Billy Burke, D.B. Woodside and Adam Scott (HR 2/12). Witt will play a clerk to Field’s character in the series that examines the inner workings of the nation’s high court as seen through the eyes of law clerks. Oliver Goldstick and Rob Scheidlinger are executive producers.