'Smash' Grad Jack Davenport to Co-Star in ABC Drama 'Doomsday'

He joins a cast that also includes 'Cougar Town' alum Dan Byrd.
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Jack Davenport

Smash alum Jack Davenport is headed to ABC.

The actor has signed on to co-star in the network's drama pilot Doomsday, from executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.

The drama is set in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when the U.S. government instituted a secret think tank comprised of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, who were tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

Davenport will play Warren, a well-known intellectual playwright turned middlebrow action screenwriter who's also part of the former Doomsday Project think tank. Imaginative and creative, he sees the world like a story, which helps him think like (and even empathize with) the enemy. He may act like saving the world with Homeland Security is an inconvenient distraction, but at the end of the day, he is a serious ally with some incredibly useful ideas. He joins a cast that also includes Cougar Town's Dan Byrd.

Repped by Gersh and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, Davenport has appeared in projects including Flashforward, The Mindy Project and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Justified's Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd are penning the script for Sony Pictures Television and will exec produce alongside CSI alum Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.

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