Pilot Scoop: Christian Slater Exerts Influence in Awake Creator's ABC Drama

christianslaterChristian Slater has been cast opposite Steve Zahn in ABC’s drama pilot Influence, TVLine has learned.

The project, from Awake creator Kyle Killen, is described as a provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.

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Slater will play Ross, Zahn’s brilliant schemer and ladies’ man brother, who recently got out of prison after serving two years for fraud. Rolling with ideas, high-wired and charmingly persuasive, Ross believes he’s come up with a business model that can earn him and his team millions.

The cast also includes Megalyn Echikunwoke (Made in Jersey), Cedric Sanders and Gregory Marcel.

Keith Redmon (Awake) will exec-produce with Killen.

In addition to the late Fox comedy Breaking In, Slater’s TV credits include The Forgotten and My Own Worst Enemy.