After a nearly 10-year absence from series television, former “China Beach” star Dana Delany is poised to return to the small screen as the star of NBC’s Tom Fontana/Barry Levinson drama pilot “Good Guys/Bad Guys.”
In addition, ex-“Homicide” thesp Jon Seda has inked to star as the potential skein’s male lead, according to insiders close to the production.
Hourlong crime drama from Artists Television Group and NBC Studios reunites “Homicide: Life on the Street” collaborators Fontana and Levinson, and ex-“Homicide” scribe Julie Martin in a skein that will center around a female FBI agent (Delany) chasing a notorious Latino crime lord (Seda). Martin will serve as an exec producer and writer for the project, which will shoot on location in Miami, with lensing set to begin next week.
“Good Guys/Bad Guys” has been in development for nearly two years, and Delany said that she’s been interested in the part the whole time.
“I’m a big fan of (Fontana’s HBO skein) ‘Oz,’ and I loved the script when I first saw it two years ago,” Delany told Daily Variety.
Delany has had numerous film and telepic roles since the critically lauded “China Beach” exited the ABC sked in 1991, but until now has avoided committing to a full-time return to television. She said the quality of the “Good Guys/Bad Guys” script and the chance to work with Fontana simplified her decision to return.
“In television, it’s all about the writing, and Tom is one of the best writers there is,” she said.
Thesp’s most recent telepic roles include “Sirens,” “Resurrection,” “The Patron Saint of Liars” and “Rescuers: Stories of Courage.” She also appeared in last November’s CBS mini “Shake, Rattle & Roll” and the buzzed-about 1993 Bruce Wagner/Oliver Stone mini “Wild Palms.”
In addition to playing Det. Paul Falsone on “Homicide” for two seasons, Seda worked with Fontana on “Oz,” playing a super-tough prisoner. Film credits include “I Like it Like That,” “Selena” and “Gladiators.”
Delany’s deal was brokered by George Freeman of William Morris and Ron West of ICM.
Seda is repped by Randi Ross of Epstein-Wycoff & Assoc.