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.