Pilot Scoop: Steve Zahn to Wield Influence in Awake Creator's ABC Drama

Kevin MazurTreme‘s Steve Zahn has landed a lead role in Influence, ABC’s drama pilot from Awake creator Kyle Killen.

Influence is described as a provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.

Zahn will play one of the brothers, Clark, an unmedicated bipolar world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation. Clark is a former professor whose academic career imploded when the university became aware he was having an affair with a 22-year-old student.

But hey, he’s still a renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation; I’d call it a wash.

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Keith Redmon (Awake) will exec-produce with Killen.

In addition to his run on HBO’s Treme, Zahn’s credits include the films Reality Bites, Rescue Dawn and the Wimpy Kid franchise.

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  1. Danielle H. says:

    “Bears are named after a football team in Chicago.”
    Love Steve.. he’s great at comedy but I have a feeling he be good in this role too.

  2. so a high concept show from the creator of another high concept show that fell flat fast
    & he’s even bringing in one of the ep’s from said failed show
    [sarcasm] this has win written all over it. i can see it giving gunsmoke & law & order a run their money!!![/sarcasm]

    • B says:

      Who cares? I wouldn’t trade the one season of Awake for anything in the land of TV short of a Michael Scott return. It was an amazing piece of art and it succeeded in that right. I’m sure this will too, and hopefully it will succeed in the ratings.

    • Jan1 says:

      I loved Awake.

  3. Dav says:

    Oh look…yet another show where the lead character will be an obnoxious know-it-all douchebag.

  4. dvmom says:

    Sounds like ‘Lie to Me’.

  5. Jon says:

    Don’t forget about Zahn’s greatest role in “Happy Texas”!

  6. Emily says:

    Kyle Killen is really making the rounds on the networks. Lone Star on Fox, Awake on NBC, now this on ABC. I feel like Influence doesn’t quite belong on ABC, though.

  7. Alan says:

    great concept, great pedigree, cant wait to see the drooling masses watch some drek over this