Morgan Spector Joins ABC Pilot ‘Broad Squad’; Riley Smith Cast In ‘Studio City’

Five days after NBC pulled Allegiance, the series’ co-star Morgan Spector has landed a new series regular gig: a male lead role in ABC’s period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen (Lauren Ambrose), Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Rutina Wesley) — who arrived at a tumultuous time in the city’s history. Spector plays Tommy Anthony, a scruffy, sideburned, loose cannon of a cop who sidles up to Lisa at a bar, unprepared for her outpouring of vitriol. He’s later assigned as Lisa’s training officer, and they navigate a complex relationship, both of them strong-willed and unaccepting of each other. For Spector, Broad Squad is in first position. Kapital Entertainment and Fake Empire produce for ABC Studios.

True Blood alum Riley Smith has been cast opposite Eric McCormick and Florence Pugh in Fox’s family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up, the show is set in present-day Studio City, CA and tells the story of a young singer’s (Pugh) path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father Rob (McCormack) — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Smith plays Jax, a hip, sexy, charismatic rocker-dude musician and Rob’s songwriting partner. In addition to his acting career, Smith also is a professional musican and frontman of the band The Life of Riley. Riley, repped by Gersh and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management, plays Rachel McAdams’ love interest in the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective.

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