Tony-Nominated Tammy Blanchard to Star in New FX Series HOKE
FX has finalized its casting on the drama series pilot Hoke, starring actor/producer Paul Giamatti, with Oona Chaplin, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Jordi Mollà and Tammy Blanchard rounding out the cast. Hoke is produced by FX Productions, and production on the pilot will begin this spring in Miami.
Blanchard will soon be seen as Florinda in Disney's highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of Sondheim's Into the Woods. The actress was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING and is best known for her portrayal of the young Judy Garland in "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows" (Emmy Award, Golden Globe and AFI nominations). Her Broadway credits include Gypsy (Tony nomination, Theatre World Award).
Scott Frank wrote and will direct the pilot episode, and he will be Co-Showrunner with David Manson if Hoke goes to series. Frank, Manson, Curtis Hanson, Carol Fenelon, Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey are Executive Producers.
Hoke is a darkly comedic drama based on Charles Willeford's series of novels Sideswipe, New Hope for the Dead and The Way We Die Now. It is a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective, "Hoke Moseley" (Giamatti), in pre-chic Miami circa early 1980s.
Oona Chaplin plays "Ellita Sanchez," a sharp young homicide detective recently promoted from dispatcher to Hoke's new partner.
John Carroll Lynch plays "Bill Henderson," an old guard Miami PD detective and Hoke's former partner who is equally as miserable in the recently diversified department.
Robert Wisdom is "Major Brownley," the head of the Miami PD Homicide Squad who has a long history with Hoke and his antics.
Jordi Mollà plays "Armando Zuniga," a sociopathic Cuban man who arrives on the shores of Miami in the rumpled, faded clothing of a peasant Cuban refugee and integrates into the city posing as a famous poet of the Cuban people.
Tammy Blanchard plays "Loretta Hickey," the striking mother of a murdered drug addict who Hoke comes across while investigating the case.
Chaplin recently wrapped an arc on HBO's Game of Thrones, and was also seen on BBC's The Hour. Wisdom is best known as playing "Major Howard 'Bunny' Colvin" on the HBO series The Wire, and was most recently seen on the ABC series Nashville. Molla recently wrapped a supporting role in Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, and this past summer he starred opposite Vin Diesel in Riddick. Tammy Blanchard won an Emmy(R) Award for playing the young Judy Garland in the ABC miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Lynch's latest credits include the NBC series Do No Harm and the ABC series Body of Proof.
Chaplin is repped by Troika Talent in the U.K. and Magnolia Entertainment in the U.S. Wisdom is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment and Fox Rothschild LLP. Mollà is repped by APA and Creative Partners Group in the U.S., by Katrina Bayonas of Kuranda Management in Spain, and by Troika Talent in the U.K. Blanchard is repped by The Gersh Agency and Soffer/Namoff Entertainment. Lynch is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Suskin Management.
About FX Networks
FX Networks, a business unit of 21 Century Fox, is comprised of FX, FXM, and its newest channel, FXX, launched on September 2, 2013. Launched in June of 1994, FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, which is carried in more than 97 million homes. Its diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas, including Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, and critically acclaimed new drama The Bridge; the miniseries American Horror Story; and the acclaimed hit comedy series Louie, Archer and Wilfred. Its library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any commercial television network. FX's roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, coming in 2014, Mike & Molly. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in more than 49 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day, and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming. FXX launched on September 2, 2013 in 72 million homes with a schedule that features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit. Over the next several years, FX, FXX and FXM will undergo an ambitious programming expansion, with the three networks combining to deliver more than 25 original scripted series.
About FX Productions
FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, the critically acclaimed drama The Americans, and the critically acclaimed new drama series The Bridge. FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games. It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio. FXP has a first-look cable deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.