November 22, 2013 2:30pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Leverage's' Beth Riesgraf Joins USA's Matt Nix Pilot
Leverage star Beth Riesgraf is heading to USA Network in Burn Notice creator Matt Nix's Complications, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gossip Girl grad Jessica Szohr, Justified's Demetrius Grosse and Lauren Stamile, who appeared on Burn Notice, have also joined the project.
From Nix, Complications tells the story of disillusioned suburban ER Dr. John Ellis (Jason O'Mara), whose life changes after he's involved in a gang shooting and is forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients' medical problems.
Riesgraf, coming off a successful run on TNT's caper Leverage and CBS' Surgeon General pilot, will play John Ellis' wife, Samantha Ellis, an attractive, intelligent lawyer who is trying her best to keep her family, her career and herself together after losing her daughter to cancer. Repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment, she stars in Geek & Sundry's superhero series Caper and next stars in indie Freedom for Joe.
Szohr, repped by ICM Partners and Mosaic, has been cast as Gretchen, an ER nurse at Samaritan Hospital. Pretty, whip-smart with an ironic smile and penetrating eyes, she's a good nurse but a bit of a dark soul. When John Ellis comes to her for help in saving a patient -- which requires violating hospital policy and her professional ethics -- she agrees, revealing that she has more secrets than anyone knew.
The Don Buchwald & Assoc.-repped Grosse will play the skillful and dedicated physician Dan Brennan, a fellow doctor at Samaritan Hospital and the closest to being a friend to John Ellis.
Stamile plays Bridget, described as an excellent doctor who tends to take her frustration with life in the ER out on patients and colleagues. Irritated by John Ellis' overly sympathetic approach, she often takes him to task for coddling them, especially the ones she believes are abusing the ER. She is repped by Gersh and Schumacher Management.
The drama, from Fox Television Studios, will be written and executive produced by Nix, who wrapped seven seasons on Burn Notice at USA earlier this year.