'Prison Break' actor joins ABC's 'Gates'


"Prison Break" alum Frank Grillo has landed the lead in ABC's supernatural crime drama series "The Gates."

Luke Mably, Janina Gavankar and Chandra West also have been cast in the project, which Terry McDonough has come on board to direct.

"Gates" is produced by Fox TV Studios through the company's international co-production model. Its green light was contingent on FtvS securing foreign financing.

The series, being eyed for a summer launch, moved forward after ABC stepped up and increased the license fee on it while FtvS continues conversations with international broadcasters.

Written by Richard Hatem and Grant Scharbo, "Gates" centers on a big-city cop (Grillo) who becomes chief of police in a seemingly sleepy planned community only to discover there's much more to the residents than meets the eye.

Mably ("The Prince and Me") will play one of the residents, a cardiologist who is a vampirelike creature. Gavankar ("The L Word") will play a local cop with a dark secret. West ("90210") will play the owner of a tea shop.

Mably is repped by United Agents and Management 360; Gavankar is repped by TalentWorks and manager Arlene Forster; West is repped by Domain and manager Anne Woodward.

Scharbo, Hatem and Gina Matthews are executive producing the project, which is slated to begin production in late March in Louisiana.
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