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Photo Credit:  ABC/Pamela Littky
  • Premiered: 
    April 8, 2021
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich 
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Plot Synopsis

Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, REBEL is a one-hour drama series that centers on Annie 'Rebel' Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She's a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.

"REBEL is not just my story, it is all of our stories. There is a hero that exists in all of us, and I am so excited for Krista and ABC to bring their visionary storytelling to this series," said series executive producer Erin Brockovich. "The name REBEL oozes self-empowerment, courage and rising above, even in the worst of circumstances. I cannot think of anyone better to play this role than the indomitable Katey Sagal, who is such a force, as well as the rest of this extraordinary cast."

In the series opener, Rebel stops at nothing to convince Cruz to join her fight against Stonemore Medical and simultaneously enlists Lana and Cassidy to protect a woman from her abusive boyfriend. While Rebel is out saving others, her husband, Grady, stands on the sidelines and picks up the pieces at home. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Tara Nicole Weyr.
On Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 8-11pm ET/PT, ABC premiered a REBEL night for its series finale. The night opens with a special REBEL-themed edition of 20/20 (8-9pm) and concludes with the two-hour series ender.

"The Real Rebel: The Erin Brockovich Story -- A Special Edition of 20/20" (8pm): She's been portrayed as a rebel and a fearless leader -- all while living as a single mom. Now, Erin Brockovich visits Hinkley, CA, 25 years after her monumental legal case and talks about her life as an environmental activist.

"Trial Day" (9pm): Rebel's personal life becomes headline news and she begrudgingly distances herself from the Stonemore Medical trial. Guest starring is Matthew Glave as Tommy Flynn, Daniella Garcia as Maddie, Abigail Spencer as Misha, Jalen Thomas Brooks as Sean, Mary McDonnell as Helen, Dan Bucatinsky as Professor Jason Erickson, Nina Millin as Judge Katerina Bobiak, Adam Arkin as Mark Duncan, Sharon Lawrence as Angela, Laird Macintosh as Marvin, Leonard Roberts as Randall Vokelberg and Peter Paige as Karsten Vokelberg.

"36 Hours" (10pm): Rebel, Cruz, Lana and Ziggy round up an army of support to bring the Stonemore Medical case to a close. Guest starring is Sarah Grace White as Jackie, Eva Tamargo as Sharon Cruz, Camille Chen as Naomi, Matthew Glave as Tommy Flynn, Daniella Garcia as Maddie, Abigail Spencer as Misha, Jalen Thomas Brooks as Sean, Mary McDonnell as Helen, Nina Millin as Judge Katerina Bobiak, Hunter Stiebel as Allan, Adam Arkin as Mark Duncan, Chloe Wepper as Carmen Cruz-Delgado, Emmett Preciado as Mateo Cruz, Raquel Davies as Mallory, Bobby Neely as Taye, Sundarri Rodriguez as Bianca, Ian Nunney as Danny and Lauren Letherer as Melanie Milcher.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Signature Studios
  • In association with Sony Pictures Television