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.