Taye Diggs to Star in Greg Berlanti-Produced CW Pilot (Exclusive)

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Taye Diggs - H 2015

Taye Diggs is headed to The CW.

The Private Practice and Rent favorite has been tapped to co-star in the network's untitled football drama from writer April Blair (Reign).

Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, the project follows what happens when a rising high school football player from South Central Los Angeles is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, the potential series follows what happens when the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds — Compton and Beverly Hills — begin to collide.

Diggs will take on the role of Billy Baker, who, having attended Crenshaw High himself, is the head coach of Beverly Hills High's football team. He has an intense desire to see Spencer, a transfer from Crenshaw, succeed — on and off the field — even if his efforts impact his relationship with his own son.

Diggs' TV credits include Fox's Empire, TNT's Murder in the First, ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice and Ally McBeal. Last season, the actor starred in the ABC drama pilot Doomsday, which did not move forward. He is repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

Blair penned the pilot and executive produces alongside Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti and his head of production Sarah Schechter. Robbie Rogers will produce, while Dane Morck will serve as a consultant. Rob Hardy will direct and exec produce the pilot.

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