EXCLUSIVE: robin weigert (old thing), Abby McEnany (Work in progress) Y eric gray (Intensify: high water) are set to star opposite Justin Hartley in the CBS pilot drama the game of never, an adaptation of the novel by Jeffery Deaver. The foursome, as well as the recently announced Mary McDonnell, make up the main cast of the project from director Ken Olin and 20th Television.
Written by Ben Winters, based on Deaver’s novelthe game of never follows the adventures of Colter Shaw (Hartley), who was raised by his paranoid survivor father to be an expert tracker, and who now makes a living as a “rewarder,” traveling across America in his Airstream trailer, helping families recover his lost loved ones and his other most precious things, all while staying one step ahead of the memories that haunt him and the unanswered questions of his past.
Weigert plays Teddi Bruin, a former tour manager for rock musicians, now settled into comfortable middle-age in North Florida with his wife and a bunch of pets. Teddi is one half of the couple who run Colter’s “butt”: he looks for new jobs, keeps track of the money, and sometimes gets him out of jail.
McEnany plays Velma Bruin, Teddi’s wife and business partner, the other half of the team running Colter’s operations from a spare room in his lovely Florida home. Warm, outspoken and funny, Velma is a born caregiver who also gives Colter something she will never admit she needs: emotional support.
Graise stars as Bob Exley, the brilliant and enigmatic computer scientist who serves as a frequent resource and trusted training partner for our hero Colter Shaw. A bilateral amputee since childhood, Bob is tough as nails and funny as hell; and, thanks to his high-end boutique security company, he makes an enviable living in the legal and ethical gray areas of life.
Hartley, Winters and Olin are executive producers. Julianna LaRosa and Roxy Olin serve as co-executive producers. Ken Olin directs the pilot. 20th Television is the studio.
Weigert is an Emmy-nominated actress known for playing Calamity Jane on HBO. old thing and its film sequel, her role as Ally Lowen in Sons of Anarchy and as Dr. Amanda Reisman in Big little lies. She can currently be seen in Paramount’s horror/thriller film. Smile. She is represented by Thruline Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
McEnany is a mainstay of the Chicago improv scene, where she wrote and performed in two one-woman shows, Not everyone is a winner! Y Work in progress – the last of which led to the creation of the Showtime original series in which he starred, wrote and produced. The show premiered in 2019 and ran for two seasons. McEnany is represented by Gersh, Circle of Confusion and Cohen Gardner.
Graise, who has spent her career promoting discussion about inclusion in the industry for people with disabilities, plays King in the Starz series Intensify: high waterA. He will soon be seen in a recurring role on Starz’s Black mafia family. Graise is represented by Clear Talent Group, Stagecoach Entertainment, and Goodman Genow Schenkman Smelkinson + Christopher.