The project, which received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from DirecTV over the summer, is being billed as a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in Venice, California. The series has drawn comparisons to the late, great Friday Night Lights, which completed its five-year run on the satellite giant.
Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7) will serve as exec producer/showrunner.
Grillo, whose TV credits also include The Gates, The Kill Point and Guiding Light, will play
one of the instructors at the the owner of the gym. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.