Pilot Scoop: Zach Gilford to Crush on Jennifer Carpenter in USA's Stanistan

Matt Saracen is making a play for Debra Morgan.

Friday Night Lights’ Zach Gilford has joined the cast of USA Network’s M*A*S*H-esque comedic drama pilot Stanistan as a love interest for Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter, TVLine has learned.

The project, penned by up-and-coming scribe Andy Parker, centers on the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available.

Gilford — whose post-FNL TV credits include the short-lived Off the Map and The Mob Doctor — will play Phillip Guthrey, an Infrastructure Manager for USAID. Phillip is close friends with Public Affairs Officer Marcie Post (Carpenter), and though he’d like for their friendship to become something more, his unrequited love is not his only secret.

Additionally, Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives) has been cast as Greg Weir, a suave and fearless on-air foreign correspondent who is entangled in a complicated affair with Marcie, but his quest to uncover the real story in war torn Stanistan will put him and his relationship in danger.

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  1. Tran says:

    Zach Gilford will always be Matt Saracen from FNL. CLEAR EYES FULL HEARTS CAN’T LOSE

  2. Eliza says:

    I was interested with Jennifer Carpenter but now Zach Gilford being added – I am definitely there.
    I have major love for Matt Saracen ♡

  3. sarah j says:

    I will be tuning in for sure! That is as long as it airs on one of my stations here in Canada!

  4. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    Stanistan??? Really??

  5. EJ386 says:

    I have watched ‘Off The Map’ and ‘The Mob Doctor’ for him, I’ll watch this too… I loved Matt Saracen.

  6. Bindy says:

    I think it’s time to rewatch all five seasons of FNL …

  7. CMarie says:

    I just really wish this show wasn’t called Stanistan. Otherwise, so in!

  8. jovanka says:

    According to his tweet earlier today, it looks like Paul Guilfoyle is also in this.