Nia Vardalos Joins Epix Comedy ‘Graves’; David Marciano In USA Pilot ‘Shooter’

Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) has booked a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward in Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades and so, with his young assistant (Skylar Astin), he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration’s wrongs just as his wife, the former First Lady, decides to follow her own political ambitions. Vardalos will play Annie Novak, a top political consultant with a killer instinct, who is hired to manage Margaret’s (Ward) potential Senate campaign. She and Margaret go way back; in fact, Margaret gave Annie her first job, and their old bond is still strong. However, Annie has to understand that Margaret’s first loyalty is to her husband (Nolte). Vardalos is repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment.

David Marciano (The Shield, Homeland) has been cast in a recurring role opposite Ryan Phillippe and Emily Rios in the USA Network drama pilot Shooter. Written by John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) based on the 2007 Paramount feature starring Mark Wahlberg as well as Stephen Hunter’s novel Point Of Impact, the action drama centers on Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe), an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all the skills he acquired as a decorated Marine sharpshooter to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up. Marciano will play Senior FBI agent John Renlow, partner to Nadine Memphis (Rios), a lifetime bureaucrat whose career in the agency is happily close to retirement. Marciano, repped by TCA/Jed Root and LINK, will next be seen in a major arc on Amazon’s series Bosch.

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