Tim Blake Nelson (Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?) has booked a series regular role opposite Anika Noni Rose in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice. Based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, For Justice centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel (Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. Nelson, repped by UTA, Gateway Management, Bloom Hergott and Glick Weintraub, will play Ochs Rainey, a chief with the Civil Rights Unit. He is a former angry Southern boy from a Klan family who has learned to move past his legacy of racism.

Mad Men alumna Cara Buono has joined the cast of NBC drama pilot Endgame, from Leverage co-creator John Rogers, Blacklist producer Davis Entertainment and Sony TV. Described as a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas, it centers on Alex (Philip Winchester), a former intelligence officer turned security expert who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives. Buono, repped by CESD and Schreck Rose Dapello and Adams, will play Ginny, Alex’s ex-wife, a hardworking surgeon who struggles with her sobriety.