The second season of the suspense drama starring Thandie Newton and new addition Cole Hauser will debut on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 PM, DirecTV announced today. Newton (The Pursuit Of Happyness, Crash) will resume her role as the morally and emotionally conflicted undercover detective Grace Travis, and Hauser (Transcendence, Olympus Has Fallen) joins the cast as the charming and enigmatic Ethan Kelly. Season 2 of Rogue will pick up with Grace trying to navigate a new life as she remains separated from her husband while balancing her job as handler for an FBI Task Force investigating the shadowy world of corporate espionage in San Francisco.
Rescue Me alumna Andrea Roth has been cast in a major recurring role on the second season of DirecTV‘s drama Rogue. She will play Marlene, a fallen from grace FBI agent who butts heads with Grace (Thandie Newton). Roth, repped by Domain, Industry Entertainment and Lauren Levitt & Assos., also recently booked the movie Dark Places.
Treme‘s Michael Huisman is back at HBO with a recurring role on Game Of Thrones. Producers are keeping his role under wraps, but I hear he is replacing another actor on the show. He is with ICM Partners, Meg Mortimer and Frank Stewart.
EXCLUSIVE: Cole Hauser is set to star opposite Thandie Newton on the upcoming second season of DirecTV‘s original drama Rogue, which will air in 2014 on Audience. Hauser succeeds Marton Csokas, whose character’s arc came to an end at the end of Season 1. After finally avenging her son’s death, in Season 2 Grace Travis (Newton) moves on with her life and is assigned, as a handler, to an FBI task force investigating a local prostitution ring. However, when circumstances conspire against her, Grace is faced with the difficult decision to go back undercover inside a security firm founded by Ethan (Hauser). A former soldier who left law school to enlist in the military after 9/11, Ethan runs his security firm with three former military buddies who are all united by a terrible secret, a dark event that has quietly haunted them for years. Production of the second season of Rogue, from eOne and Greenroom Entertainment, is slated to begin in September in Vancouver. Hauser, repped by IAM Management, APA and Morris Yorn, recently appeared in A Good Day To Die Hard and Olympus Has Fallen and will be making his directorial debut on The Westies. His series credits include K-Ville and Chase.
EXCLUSIVE: Rogue, DirecTV‘s first original series, has been picked up for a second season. The suspense drama, starring Thandie Newton as morally and emotionally conflicted undercover detective Grace Travis, will begin production on its 10-episode second season late this summer for a 2014 premiere. The first season of Rogue, from Entertainment One and Greenroom Entertainment, recently finished its run on Audience, where DirecTV previously aired new seasons of two acclaimed series it had rescued, Friday Night Lights and Damages. “We are thrilled that our first venture into original programming resonated with our subscribers who enthusiastically tuned into Rogue each week,” said Chris Long, DirecTV’s SVP Entertainment and Production. “We look forward to bringing them another season of Rogue and the chance to experience the next chapter in Grace’s life.” Added eOne TV CEO John Morayniss, “Thandie’s incredible performance and edge-of-your-seat excitement, had audiences wanting more.” Rogue is a Canada-UK co-production from eOne, which also handles worldwide rights, and Greenroom, produced in participation with DirecTV. Series creator Matthew Parkhill executive produces with Greenroom’s Nick Hamm and eOne’s Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At DirecTV’s first-ever TCA panel today, Nick Hamm, executive producer of DirecTV’s first original series Rogue— starring Thandie Newton as an undercover detective— described the creative advantages of a 10-episode series deal with DirecTV over the traditional pilot-to-series trajectory of network TV.
A straight-to-series deal, Hamm said, “gives creative power to the author…you are not testing them like you do with a pilot. You can creatively experiment like that. What pilots do is force you into situations of proving yourself in a very defined time schedule. That’s not always the right formula.”
Though producers were attracted to the chance to work without the limitations of the pilot process, Hamm assured TV journalists that the series, created by Matthew Parkhill and co-produced by Entertainment One, would not follow in the footsteps of The Killing and would conclude its “whodunit” story line in 10 episodes. “You will find out who did it,” he said. “But there will be a new serialized thriller story with a beginning middle and end over the [next] 10 hours.”
The 10 one-hour episodes have all been produced and will premiere on April 3.
Gregg Henry (Hung) and Jillian Armenante have booked recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama Scandal, which is undergoing casting changes. Domain-repped Henry will play Jackson, a big-money Southern guy who is smart and warm unless you cross him. Armenante, currently seen in The Dark Knight Rises, will play the role of Lucas which was originally written as male. Lucas is described as smart, well-spoken and brash. Armenante is with Domain and Framework.
Marton Csokas has joined the cast of Rogue as the male lead in the DirecTV original series opposite Thandie Newton. Csokas has also been cast in a supporting role in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which stars Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly. Written by Matthew Parkhill, Rogue is executive produced by Nick Hamm, Steven Marrs, Michael Rosenberg and John Morayniss and produced by Entertainment One for DirecTV. The series centers on an undercover cop (Newton) who goes after a crime lord (Csokas) after her young son is killed in a drive-by shooting. Csokas’ previous feature work includes The Debt and Alice In Wonderland as well as The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Rogue marks Csokas’ first series regular role. Production will begin next month in Vancouver. The series will premiere summer 2013. Csokas is represented by WME, Anonymous Content and Troika.
Related: DirecTV Orders Rogue TV Drama
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 10, 2012 – DIRECTV announced today that it has ordered ten episodes of an original suspense-drama, ROGUE, starring award-winning actress Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible 2, Crash) from leading independent studio Entertainment One Television (eOne) and Greenroom Entertainment. ROGUE marks DIRECTV’s first foray into commissioning an original drama series exclusively for its customers. Production is slated to begin in August 2012 and the series will premiere next summer 2013 on DIRECTV’s Audience Network.
EXCLUSIVE: After venturing into original scripted series with the pickups of two acclaimed dramas that had faced cancellation, Friday Night Lights and Damages, DirecTV is moving onto launching its own original drama series. I’ve learned that the satcaster has picked up Rogue, a 10-episode drama produced by Entertainment One. Thandie Newton is in talks to star in the project, written by British writer-director Matthew Parkhill (The Caller). It centers on an undercover cop (Newton) who takes on a gangster after her young son is killed in a drive-by shooting. The project was developed at Momentum Entertainment by head of scripted Nick Hamm who will serve as an executive producer. This would mark the first series regular role for Newton, who has been heavily pursued for pilots and series over the last few years, including this season. Her only previous series gig was an arc on ER. Newton, most recently seen in Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, is with WME, which also reps Parkhill, and Untitled. DirecTV is the latest non-traditional TV distributor to order scripted original series. Netflix has already greenlighted three, David Fincher’s House Of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove starring Famke Janssen and Jenji Kohan’s Orange Is The New Black. Hulu has comedy series Battleground, while Crackle has ordered anthology series Unknown.