Exclusive: Franklin & Bash, True Blood and AMC Stars Join USA Pilot From Numb3rs Creators

usaFranklin & Bash‘s Kumail Nanjiani, All My Children‘s Jordi Vilasuso, Episodes‘ John Pankow and True Blood alum Aisha Hinds have landed guest roles in USA Network’s untitled hour-long pilot from Numbers creators Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, TVLine has learned exclusively. 

The project, based on a short story from Elmore Leonard‘s anthology When The Women Come Out To Dance, centers on Miami businessman Billy (How to Make It In America‘s Bryan Greenberg) who, contemplating a run for political office, tries to increase his chances of being elected by marrying a Colombian woman named Lourdes (newcomer Stephanie Sigman). What starts as a marriage of convenience quickly escalates into much more as his new wife proves to be more resourceful at “fixing” any problem the corrupt South Miami political scene throws at her hubby.

Nanjiani will play Alfred Dalton, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent and K-1 Visa Specialist confronted with the job of investigating Billy and Lourdes’ marriage.

Vilasuso has been cast as Mario Morales, Miami’s youngest District Attorney ever who’s married to Billy’s ex-fiance Margaret (Pretty Little Liars‘ Amanda Schull), who dumped Billy after her father was indicted.

Pankow, meanwhile, plays Herman Mackey, an old-school Miami real-estate developer who thinks rules are for people who can’t afford bribes. He thinks people like Billy work for him and is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

Lastly, Hinds snagged the role of Rosie, the senior employee at Fresh Air Cleaners, Billy’s mother’s house cleaning business which he’s been struggling to run since her death.

Production on the pilot is currently underway in Miami.

Comments (8)

  • True Blood star? She was in, like, seven episodes in a relatively small role.

    Comment by Joey – January 16, 2013 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love all the castings – SOOOO hoping this project gets picked up!

    Comment by Colleen – January 16, 2013 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But Jordi just re-signed with the online version of “All My Children”, I wonder what that means for his future with the web-soap.

    Comment by matty – January 16, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The article states all the roles including his are guest roles, so I wouldn’t worry. There’s quite a few daytime regulars who juggle guest work on primetime shows too. Tamara Tunie and Tuc Watkins have done it for years (with SVU and Desperate Housewives),

      Comment by Dizzle – January 16, 2013 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • half hour episodes 4 days a week mean a lighter work schedule than hour long episodes 5 days a week.

      Comment by Dexx – January 16, 2013 10:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show sounds interesting. I am going to go back and read the actual story.

    Comment by tvdiva – January 16, 2013 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha, it’s going to be quite a switch seeing Kumail Nanjiani go from his scared-of-everything role on Franklin & Bash to an ICE agent.

    Comment by soundscene – January 17, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This explains why I saw Kumail Nanjiani at The Forge in Miami Beach last week!

    Comment by Ken – January 17, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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