Friday, May 12, 2017

USA Gives Series Order to 'Unsolved' and 'Damnation'

USA has today given a series orders to anthology series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G and period drama Damnation.

UNSOLVED: Based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, the drama chronicles the two major police investigations into the sudden deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Every season of the show will focus on a different unsolved murder.

The drama stars Josh Duhamel, Jimmi Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine, Marcc Rose, Wavyy Jonez, Luke James, Aisha Hinds and LeToya Luckett.

Additionally, it was announced today that Jamie McShane (Bloodline) and Brent Sexton (The Killing) have joined the cast. McShane will play Detective Fred Miller, the partner of lead investigator Russell Poole (Simpson) in the 1997 open case. Sexton will play Detective Brian Tyndall, a robbery homicide detective who worked with Poole in 1997 and Greg Kading (Duhamel) in the 2006 re-opening of the investigation.

Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot, which was directed by Anthony Hemingway. They executive produce with Mark Taylor. Greg Kading is a consultant. Universal Cable Productions and Hemingway|Taylor produce.

DAMNATION: An epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, Seth Davenport is a man masquerading as a small town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past.

The drama stars Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green, Sarah Jones, Chasten Harmon, Christopher Heyerdahl, Melinda Page Hamilton and Joe Adler.

Tony Tost wrote the pilot, which was directed by David Mackenzie. They executive produce with James Mangold, Guymon Casady, Daniel Rappaport and Gillian Berrie. Universal Cable Productions produces. Additionally, Netflix has come aboard as co-producer with first-run rights to the drama outside the United States.