By Lynette Rice
Updated March 17, 2014 at 09:43 PM EDT
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From Broadway star to waitress!

Katharine McPhee (Smash) has booked a pilot for CBS called Scorpion that’ll have her playing a working-class hero named Paige who “understands geniuses.”

The drama from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Heather Kadin focuses on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Robert Patrick will headline the cast that also includes Eddie Kaye Thomas and Elyes Gabel.

THR first reported the news.

McPhee played Karen Cartwright on the NBC musical drama.