Pilot Scoop: Mentalist's Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alcatraz Alum Join CBS' The Ordained

EmmanuelleChriqui300The Mentalist’s Emmanuelle Chriqui has joined the cast of CBS’ drama pilot The Ordained, TVLine has learned.

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The project from author/journalist Lisa Takeuchi Cullen focuses on Tom (played by Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.

Chriqui — who currently recurs as Red John’s “agent” Lorelei Martins on The Mentalist, but is best known for Entourage — will play Sam, the girl-next-door to Tom.

Additionally, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Alcatraz) has been tapped as Tom’s dad, who is simply known as The Governor.

The cast also includes Nestor Serrano (Blue Bloods, Dexter), Jorge Garcia (Lost) and Audra McDonald (Private Practice).

Frank Marshall (War Horse, The Bourne Legacy) and Larry Shuman (Devious Maids) will exec-produce the pilot alongside Cullen, with RJ Culter (Nashville) directing.

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  1. Mike says:

    Great cast, terrible premise.

    • Eric says:

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • eileen says:

      Same here, but I am hoping with such great names that when it is on screen it is better than it sounds. I mean, Breaking Bad in theory sounds kind of silly and I am sure there are others that do too. I miss Charlie Cox tremendously and so hope this works out well!!

  2. kirads09 says:

    OMG. Sam Neill. Nuff said for me. :-D Please Please let this one make it and have staying power. Also that likely means NO MORE LORELEI on the Mentalist, so I am happy.

    • mia says:

      Ug I’m so tired of Lorelie too! And Red John. Its the only show where the ‘big’ episodes are ones I consider not watching. Just bored to tears with that story.

  3. Jules says:

    Hope this makes it for everyone’s sake but especially Jorge Garcia! I was sad for him when Alcatraz was cancelled. And I suppose Sam Neill too but I just love Jorge! Miss my Hurley but I just can’t get into Once Upon A Time and not even sure he’s still on it.