MC Lyte is set to co-star in the ABC reboot of the hit 90’s crime drama, New York Undercover. Lyte along with Otmara Marrero, Toby Sandeman, Anna Enger, and Octavio Pizano will be joining Malik Yoba and Luna Lauren Velez in the pilot episode.

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According to Deadline, the pilot is written by Ben Watkins based on a story he wrote with Dick Wolf, New York Undercover picks up 20 years after the end of the original Fox series that changed the face of TV cop dramas. It will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park.

Yoba and Velez, who reprise their respective roles as J.C. Williams and Nina Moreno from the original series.


Deadline reports that Lyte will play is Lt. April Freeman, an extremely demanding boss with a genius IQ. Marrero will play Melissa Ortiz, a fiery young detective who blends well undercover. Sandeman is Nat Gilmore, charismatic with an easy smile and a quick fuse. Enger portrays Lisa Kim, an ambitious climber. Pizano is Moses Hernandez, an eager beaver with a hero complex.

Will primarily known as one of the best MC’s from Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, the “Paper Thin,” rapper has been gaining a reputation in the entertainment industry for her voice-over work. She’s been compiling credits on both the small and big screen. She has appeared on Starz’s Power, BET’s Tales and USA’s Unsolved. She recurring roles on Queen of the South and CBS’ S.W.A.T. Lyte, who appeared in Sundance hit Patti Cake$. She also has supporting roles in upcoming feature Bad Hair opposite Vanessa Williams, Michelle Hurd and Laverne Cox; the feature Sylvie, starring Tessa Thompson; and in TV One’s feature Loved to Death.