Gracepoint alum Kevin Rankin is set as a series regular opposite Jeremy Sisto and Archie Panjabi in ABC’s murder trial drama pilot The Jury. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: A person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. Described as “12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial,” the series follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way. Rankin will play Troy, a blue-collar hard-ass who doesn’t own a pair of boots without dirt on them, but he’s not some stupid redneck and resents it greatly when people assume that. Beneath his rough exterior is an extremely dedicated single father who was hardened by a few experiences that left him with a pretty understandable chip on his shoulder. Rankin has had series regular roles on Gracepoint, Unforgettable and Trauma. He’s repped by Gersh, Haven Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein.
Sepideh Moafi (Black Box) has booked a series regular role opposite Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo in ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and longtime Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan, Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between charismatic attorney Jake Gregorian (Sunjata) and powerhouse television producer Julia George (Perabo) as they attempt to control the media, the justice system and, ultimately, each other. Moafi will play Megan Byrd, a sexy and savvy TV news producer responsible for scheduling and managing guests. Sepideh also is set for a recurring role in HBO’s Deuce. She’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.
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