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.