Freeform Announces the Cast for BRECKMAN RODEO
Today, Freeform, Disney's young adult television network, announced the cast for "Breckman Rodeo" (working title), its upcoming pilot from creator/writer Steve Lerner and the executive producers of the award-winning drama "The Americans," Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. Fields, Weisberg and Lerner are executive producers of the pilot, which is produced by FX Productions. Wendey Stanzler ("Mozart in the Jungle," "Camping,") will direct the pilot and serve as co-executive producer. The pilot will begin production this month in New Zealand.
"Breckman Rodeo" is an ensemble drama about a group of young rodeo riders in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The show centers on Ashley, a rodeo-as-hell sparkplug who refuses to stay within the lines that have been drawn for her, and her boyfriend Brant, a rodeo prodigy torn between a content, quiet life and the rocky climb to superstardom. Brant, Ashley and their friends will have to reconcile the traditional values of their sport and upbringing with the changing realities of the 21st century.
Jess Gabor ("Shameless") stars as Ashley, a smart and confident barrel racer who is determined to be the first female saddle bronc rider at the amateur rodeo. Noah Le Gros ("The Get Down") plays Brant, a masterful rider who is about to go pro, leaving high school early to make his mark in the professional world of rodeo. Diego Josef ("Goliath") stars as Miles, a rodeo clown and born showman with a self-destructive streak that's just starting to surface. Kayla Wallace ("The Good Doctor") will portray Samantha, not a "rodeo type," who's been dealt more than her fair share of bad hands in life, but keeps fighting through them. Vinnie Bennett ("Human Traces") plays Vinnie, a BULL rider who epitomizes all that is rodeo. He's usually the most handsome and charming guy in the room, and he knows it. James Tarpey ("After Hours") rounds out the cast as Tuffy, the youngest rider who is often the brunt of some playful jokes. He has grown up in a tough environment and has learned some problematic attitudes.
Additional cast may be announced at a later date.
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About FX Productions
FX Productions (FXP) produces the drama series Snowfall and co-produces Legion, Taboo, Pose, MAYANS M.C. and Mr Inbetween; FX's acclaimed and award-winning comedy series Atlanta, BASKETS and Better Things, and the upcoming comedies What We Do in the Shadows and Breeders. For FXX, FXP produces the hit comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You're the Worst and the Emmy Award-winning animated series Archer. FXP also produces the upcoming limited series Devs, Sh?gun and Mrs. America, and co-produces the limited series Fargo, American Crime Story and the upcoming Untitled Fosse/Verdon project. Past award-winning series co-produced by FXP include The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Damages and Rescue Me. Since 2014, FXP-produced programs have received 171 Emmy® Award nominations and won 38 Emmy® Awards.