USA Greenlights Graceland, Drama Series From White Collar Creator Jeff Eastin
The Matt Bomer-starring White Collar is headed into its fourth season later this month at USA, and now it looks like the cable network is prepared to move forward with another Jeff Eastin creation. And it just so happens that this one also has something to do with law enforcement. In fact, it has a lot to do with law enforcement.
We've known since last fall that Jeff Eastin was developing a pilot for USA that would put agents from various law enforcement agencies together in an undercover living situation. The premise for the scripted series sounds intriguing and a good fit for USA, which leans somewhat toward scripted series focusing on law and crime-solving already (Psych, White Collar, Covert Affairs, etc). Deadline has reported that USA has decided to pick up Eastin's project, which now has a name. The one-hour drama series will be called Graceland, and the story follows a group of undercover law enforcers (FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs) as they live together in a beach house in Southern California.
Among the stars of the series is Daniel Sunjata, who's playing FBI agent Paul Briggs, the senior agent in the house. Rescue Me fans will likely remember him for his role as Franco on the FX series. More recently, he played Nurse Eli in Grey's Anatomy. Also starring in Graceland are Aarron Tveit (playing green FBI agent Mike Warren, Vanessa Ferlito (playing Catherine "Charlie" Lopez a "strong-willed" DEA agent), Brandon Jay McLaren (as Dales Jakes, "a quick-tempered U.S. Customs agent"), and finally, Manny Montana, who's set to play Joe "Johnny" Tuturro, the house prankster. Because it's USA and it can't be all serious all the time!
I had high hopes that we'd hear good news about this pilot. From the sound of it, it's going to be keeping Jeff Eastin busy, as he's set to continue on as show runner for White Collar, and will also run Graceland, which will go into production once Season 4 of WC wraps.
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