Exclusive: Oz Alum Lee Tergesen Joins ABC's Penoza Crime Drama Pilot

Onetime Oz inmate Lee Tergesen is eying a return to a life of crime, with a role on the ABC drama pilot Penoza, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Based on a Dutch series, Penoza centers on the (yet-to-be-cast) widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family.

Though no details were immediately available on Tergesen’s role of Steven, in the Dutch serial that character was a foot soldier for a drug runner named Irwan.

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Since exiting Oz, Tergesen has filled myriad TV roles, including runs on Wanted, Desperate Housewives, Generation Kill, Life on Mars and Army Wives. Next Tuesday, he begins an arc on ABC’s The River as the MIA father of Eloise Mumford’s character.

On the big screen, Tergesen recently appeared in the George Lucas-produced WWII action drama Red Tails.

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  1. Shauna says:

    Love Lee. He is very talented. It’s so great to see him so busy recently.

  2. GGMustDie says:

    I used to be sorry for him while watching OZ. I will never forget his butt-scar.

  3. Amanda says:

    LOVE Lee! So glad I don’t have to watch Army Wives anymore to get my Beecher fix.

  4. abc123 says:

    OMG it’s Todd Watski! :)

  5. luke says:

    Saw the dutch series, it was awesome. Theyve got some great shows over there. The voice is also originally dutch. And so is big brother

  6. Elena says:

    Oh my God, I love Lee so much and I have been waiting so long for him to get a regular role in a show. this makes me very happy

  7. Hannah says:

    I’ll always remember him as Chet from Weird Science! Love him though. And excited he is going to be on the River!

  8. lipsticksocialism says:

    Love me some Lee!!!

  9. beck says:

    I love lee…so sexy and talented!!#