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Michael Imperioli Boards Amazon's Shawn Ryan Drama (Exclusive)
Amazon has found its fourth "mad dog."
The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has joined the cast of Amazon's Shawn Ryan drama pilot Mad Dogs, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Mad Dogs, from Sony Pictures Television, centers on four former frat brothers who travel to Belize for a reunion with their wealthy old college friend, only to have their luxury vacation interrupted by murder, conspiracy and a psychotic gang lord who is out for their hides.
Steve Zahn stars as Cobi, a 40ish, married financial adviser described as a slick and amusing guy who is fighting the onset of middle age by dressing a little too young, complete with his blond highlights and Abercrombie style. He joins his old pals, Gus (Romany Malco), Lex (Imperioli) and Joel (Ben Chaplin), for the jaunt to Belize to visit wealthy friend Milo.
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Lex is further described as a loose cannon who scraped through college on a music scholarship before devolving into a life of full-time partying. Unable to hold down a regular job and living largely from hand-to-mouth, he now works construction whenever and wherever he can. Surprisingly, Lex is the man most able to deal with the shocking crises that befalls the group of friends, as the former waster finally comes into his own.
For Imperioli, Mad Dogs comes as the Emmy winner most recently toplined ABC's comedy pilot Saint Francis. His credits include Goodfellas, The Lovely Bones, The Call and TV series Law & Order, Life on Mars, Detroit 187 and Californication. He can currently be seen on screen in Cantinflas, and next has The Wannabe. Imperioli is repped by ICM Partners and TMT Entertainment.
Based on the U.K. series, Mad Dogs was previously developed at FX before landing a pilot order at Amazon. Cris Cole, who created the original series, penned the script and executive produces alongside Ryan, via the latter's overall deal with SPT. Charles McDougall will direct the pilot.