James Lafferty, you’re a long way from Tree Hill, N.C.
Premiering in 2016, the series follows a group of slaves who plan their 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation, helped along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. Lafferty will play Kyle Risdin, a U.S. marshal who is intent on enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.
Lafferty joins a cast that includes Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Adina Porter (The 100), Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jussie Smollett (Empire) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Parenthood).
Since ending his nine-season run on One Tree Hill, Lafferty has appeared on NBC’s short-lived drama Crisis.
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* Catalina Sandino Moreno (Red Band Society, The Bridge) will appear in The Affair‘s second season as Luisa, a potential new love interest for Joshua Jackson’s Cole.
* Comedy Central’s parody docuseries Nathan For You will return for Season 3 on Thursday, Oct. 15, creator and star Nathan Fielder announced on Twitter Monday.
* Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) will guest-star on The Mindy Project‘s Season 4 premiere, playing a version of herself that Danny is dating in an alternate reality, EW.com reports.
* NBC’s upcoming comedy Mr. Robinson will air back-to-back episodes for three weeks, beginning with its Aug. 5 premiere at 9/8c. Fellow laugher The Carmichael Show will follow suit, airing back-to-back episodes beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26.