October 06, 2011 7:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Philiana Ng
'Dexter' Cop Joins TNT Western Pilot 'Gateway'
Keith Carradine is going from hunting the Trinity Killer on Showtime’s Dexter to the Wild West.
The veteran actor is joining the cast of the TNT pilot Gateway, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The post-Civil War era Western revolves around three brothers who step in to save their town when their father, the town sheriff, is murdered. Carradine will play Frank Saar, a tired homesteader, worn down by the hardships of the west, who has a permanent limp.
He joins Cam Gigandet, who will play Jake, a young, untamed hard-living cowboy who embodies the Wild West and one of Sam’s three brothers who are forced to seek justice and avenge their father’s death against a corrupt cattle baron with an eye on making the town his own.
Carradine’s role would be a series regular should the pilot be picked up. His character believes that Sam ran too tight a ship and that his habit of confiscating weapons from honest citizens helped get him killed. Frank is thrust into the role of a father figure to the late sheriff's three sons. In addition, he courted Sam’s wife Eliza and still carries a torch for her.
Carradine, whose credits also include episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Damages and Dollhouse, has also had a prolific film career, most recently appearing in Cowboys & Aliens. Gateway would also mark his return to the Western after having played Wild Bill Hickock on Deadwood. He’s repped by Innovative Artists, John Bauer Management and Weismann, Wolff.
The action adventure project, from Warner Horizon Television, is set in the 1880s in a small Colorado town called Gateway and was ordered to pilot last month.
The Pacific’s Bruce C. McKenna will executive produce alongside CSI’s Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot.
Should the project receive the series pickup, it will join Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, rookie soap Dallas and Falling Skies on the network’s drama lineup.