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New dramas add cast including Adam Jamal Craig

Adam Jamal Craig has been added to CBS' new series "NCIS: Los Angeles" as a regular, while "The Wire" alum Michael Kenneth Williams, veteran Dabney Coleman and Paz de la Huerta have joined the cast of HBO's Martin Scorsese-directed drama pilot "Boardwalk Empire."

The CBS TV Studios-produced "NCIS: Los Angeles," a spinoff from "NCIS" that will launch behind the hit crime procedural on Tuesdays this fall, stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. It's set at the Office of Special Projects, a division of NCIS that's charged with apprehending dangerous criminals.

Craig will play a new character, Dominic Vaile, a new young agent. The actor drew the attention of the CBS casting executives this past pilot season with his performance on another CBS/CBS Studios drama pilot, "Washington Field." After the pilot didn't go, they recommended Craig to "NCIS: L.A." creator and "NCIS" showrunner Shane Brennan.

Craig, who recently did multiepisode arcs on NBC's "The Office" and "Heroes," is repped by SMS and 1 Management.

Written by Terence Winter and to be directed by Scorsese, HBO's "Empire" chronicles the early 20th century origins of Atlantic City and revolves around Nucky Johnson (Steve Buscemi), who runs a liquor-distribution ring, and Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), his ruthless flunky.

De la Huerta will play Lucy, Nucky's girlfriend, a hot party girl. Williams will play Chalky White, the defacto "mayor" of Chickenbone Beach, Atlantic City's black section. He's an intelligent ex-boxer and confidant of Nucky's who rules his community with an iron fist.

Coleman will play the Commodore Kaestner, Nucky's predecessor and mentor.

Production on "Boardwalk" started Tuesday on the East Coast.

De la Huerta, whose feature credits include "The Limits of Control" and "Enter the Void," is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Untitled and attorney Ira Shrek.
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