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

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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.



Comments (9)

  • “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.

    Comment by Danielle H. – February 20, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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]

    Comment by Michael Lee Kirk – February 20, 2013 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by B – February 20, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I loved Awake.

      Comment by Jan1 – February 21, 2013 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh look…yet another show where the lead character will be an obnoxious know-it-all douchebag.

    Comment by Dav – February 21, 2013 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like ‘Lie to Me’.

    Comment by dvmom – February 21, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t forget about Zahn’s greatest role in “Happy Texas”!

    Comment by Jon – February 21, 2013 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Emily – February 21, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • great concept, great pedigree, cant wait to see the drooling masses watch some drek over this

    Comment by Alan – February 21, 2013 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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