Dexter alumna Jennifer Carpenter will lead the cast of USA’s hourlong pilot Stanistan, which follows the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists strike a delicate balance of danger and levity. Carpenter will play Public Affairs Officer Marcie Post, daughter of a well-respected diplomat and the newly appointed spin-master for all U.S. government activity in the country.

From Universal Cable Productions, Stanistan was written by Andy Parker, who is a supervising producer, with Steve Scheffer executive producing. Stanistan is one of three USA drama pilots in the works along with Mr. Robot and Carlton Cuse’s Colony. Carpenter starred in the ABC drama pilot Sea Of Fire last season.