USA Network has tapped Harold Perrineau and Sam Jaeger as its leads for its pilot “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (working title), a thriller that is exec produced by “Orange is the New Black’s” Jim Danger Gray.
Weaving between modern day and a possible future where characters have changed radically, the story offers a cadre of heroes who emerge as the new “Founding Fathers” after America is pushed to the brink of collapse. Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz,” “Z Nation”) will play Matt Monroe, the FBI Agent in charge after a terrorist attack on Philadelphia. His search for the attacker puts him in contact with Darwin Fischer (“Parenthood” and “American Sniper’s” Jaeger), a former CIA field agent-turned-analyst. Perrineau is repped by APA. Jaeger is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Circle of Confusion and Ziffren Brittenham.
It was previously announced that “Helix’s” Jordan Hayes would play Darwin’s schizophrenic sister.
Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”) will direct the pilot. He also exec producers with his Apple Box Entertainment partner, Marc Helwig. Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”) serves as consulting producer. The project hails from Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions.
USA is having a big year, thanks to the success of summer hit “Mr. Robot.” In January, it will debut “Colony,” a future-set family drama that stars fellow “Lost” alum Josh Holloway. Other high-profile projects include the Ryan Phillippe pilot “Shooter”.
CORRECTED: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that USA was working with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to develop the pilot “Incorporated.” That pilot is on the development slate on sister channel Syfy.