12:59pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Jane Alexander, 'Battlestar' Alum James Callis Board USA Pilot 'Brooklyn Animal Control' (Exclusive)
Two-time Emmy winner Jane Alexander is headed to USA.
The Good Wife actress joins Battlestar Galactica alum James Callis in the cast of the network's drama pilot Brooklyn Animal Control, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the IDW Publishing comic book of the same name, the project follows a secret subdivision of the NYPD that acts as social services for the city's werewolves. The drama examines the lives of the case officers and the insular werewolf community Kveld-Ulf that lives in secrecy in the borough. Brooklyn will focus on city politics, immigrant communities and families in conflict over ambition and tradition.
Alexander will play Vilhelmiina Tolk, the charismatic matriarch of a small community of Brooklyn werewolves. Vilhelmiina is Den Mother to her people and, though she displays periods of razor-sharp lucidity, she's on a downhill slide into Alzheimer's — a situation that could destroy them all.
A four-time Oscar nominee for her performances in films like Kramer vs. Kramer and All the President's Men, Alexander recently has been seen in recurring roles on The Good Wife and The Blacklist. She is repped by WME and Barking Dog Entertainment.
Callis will portray Vilhelmiina Tolk's youngest son, Theodore. Theodore has an easy charm that hides his calculating ambitions — chief among them his belief that, despite centuries of matriarchy, he could claim his mother's mantle. Callis' other credits include the Bridget Jones films, CSI and A.D. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Alan Siegel Entertainment and Emptage Hallett.
The duo join Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) who, as previously announced, will headline the drama.
Brooklyn Animal Control will be written and exec produced by comic book creator J.T. Petty (Splinter Cell). David S. Goyer (Batman v. Superman, DaVinci's Demons) and Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs (Spare Parts). David Alpert (The Walking Dead) will exec produce alongside IDW Entertainment's David Ozer and Ted Adams. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones) will direct the pilot and exec produce. The drama is a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment.
Brooklyn is one of six pilots at USA Network, joining the thriller Poor Richard's Almanack; Falling Water, from Gale Anne Hurd, Blake Masters and the late Henry Bromell; Paradise Pictures, from Suits' Aaron Korsh and Rick Muirragui; the TV adaptation of the hit Mark Wahlberg film Shooter; and The Wilding, from Heroes creator Tim Kring.