10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Patrick Dempsey Sets TV Return
Grey's Anatomy alum Patrick Dempsey is returning to the small screen.
Two years after his shocking exit from the Shondaland medical drama, Dempsey has been tapped to topline Epix straight-to-series drama The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Black and White in Color), the 10-episode series is based on the best-selling European novel by Joel Dicker. The thriller stars Dempsey as Quebert, a literary icon who finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property.
Ben Schnetzer (Snowden) will co-star as Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist who has been mentored by Quebert; Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will portray Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, a Maine investigator on the case of the young girl who was found dead. Annaud will make his TV directorial debut and helm all 10 episodes. Virginia Madsen, Kristine Froseth, Colm Feore, Josh Close, Matt Frewer, Connor Price, Tessa Mossey, Victoria Clark, Craig Eldridge, Kurt Fuller, Don Harvey, Felicia Shulman and Wayne Knight round out the cast.
Masters of Sex duo Lyn Greene and Richard Levine penned the script and multiple episodes based on Annaud's adaptation. Annaud, Tarak Ben Ammar (Black Gold), Fabio Conversi (Youth), Greene and Levine exec produce the limited series.
The closed-ended series is produced by MGM Television and Eagle Pictures. MGM exec vp TV production and development Lindsay Sloane and ken Raskoff, senior vp TV, will oversee for the studio. Epix exec vp originals Jocelyn Diaz will oversee for the network, which is owned by MGM.
"With its provocative subject matter, inspired casting and source material from master storyteller Joel Dicker, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is the perfect addition to our offerings at Epix," Epix CEO Mark Greenberg said. "We look forward to working with MGM Television, Eagle Pictures and this fantastic creative team as we continue our expansion into original scripted programming."
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is the second MGM Television-produced series for Epix, and the first since the studio acquired full ownership of the network. Epix this week premiered its TV adaptation of Get Shorty, starring Ray Romano and Chris Dowd. The cable network continues to move aggressively into scripted with Graves, Berlin Station and Get Shorty.
Annaud is repped by Northside Services; Dempsey is with UTA, Burstein Co. and Stone Genow; Schnetzer is with Gersh and Sloane Offer; Wayans is with WME, Rise Management and Ziffren Brittenham; and Madsen is with UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
A premiere date has not yet been determined; production is now underway in Montreal.