Jessalyn Gilsig, known for her portrayal of Gina Russo on Nip/Tuck, has joined the cast of an NBC drama pilot entitled Backyards & Bullets. Written by Ed Decter and John Strauss (There’s Something About Mary, The Santa Clause), the series revolves around a suburban town in Wisconsin where the neighborhood watch has stepped over boundaries, causing trouble for the town’s sworn police officers.
Billy Burke (The Jury) will lead the series as Lonnie, the beleaguered chief detective of Ridgeview, while Kristin Lehman (Drive, Judging Amy, Prison Break) will play his wife. Some parts of the show will be shot in Milwaukee late this month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessalyn Gilsig will play the wife of Matthew St. Patrick (Six Feet Under). Other cast members include, Richard Ruccolo (Two Guys and a Girl), Abigail Spencer (Angelas-eyes.aspx”>Angela’s Eyes), Enuka Okuma and Casey LaBow.
Gilsig rose to prominence in television when she was cast as Lauren Davis in the high school drama, Boston Public. She was part of the main cast during the series’ first two seasons, but unexpectedly left the show before its third and final run. In 2003, she joined the cast of FX’s Nip/Tuck as a troubled sex addict who becomes involved with Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) after they meet at a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting. Aside from being a sex addict, Gilsig’s Gina also suffered from bulimia, self-hatred, fear of abandonment, self-destructiveness, sarcasm, rage and bitterness.
Aside from her complex role on Nip/Tuck, Jessalyn Gilsig has also been recognized for her recent portrayals of Lisa Rix on FOX’s Prison Break and Meredith Gordon, Claire’s (Hayden Panetierre) pyrokinetic biological mother on NBC’s Heroes.aspx”>Heroes. Currently, she is working on the remake of the horror film, Prom Night, which will be released next year.
The pilot episode of Backyards & Bullets will be directed by Emmy Award winner Charles McDougall (Housewives.aspx”>Desperate Housewives), who will also serve as an executive producer along with Decter, Strauss, Jamie Tarses and Gavin Polone.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, OnMilwaukee.com
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