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USA Network Developing Con Artist Drama Starring ‘Star Trek’s’ John Cho (EXCLUSIVE)

USA Network is eyeing yet another high-stakes drama.

Insiders tell Variety the cabler is developing “Connoisseur,” an hourlong drama hailing from Gary Lundy, “Hand of God” creator Ben Watkins and “Star Trek’s” John Cho, who will star in the series.

“Connoisseur” centers around Clay Park (played by Cho), a brilliant con artist who dupes the wealthiest, most powerful people in the country into paying millions for fake wine, but his hustle forces him into a deadly bargain with an organized crime syndicate, puts him in the cross-hairs of the FBI, and unearths the details of a tragedy that fractured his family years ago in Korea.

USA bought a script for the series, which is based on Lundy’s original idea. Lundy, Watkins and Cho will all serve as executive producers with Lundy writing. Watkins will produce by way of his Blue Monday Productions shingle and his producing partner Eli Dansky will serve as a producer.

Cho is currently starring in “Star Trek Beyond.” His other film credits include the “Harold and Kumar” flicks, “American Beauty” and “Grandma.” On the TV side, he has had prominent roles on NBC’s “Go On” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.” “Connoisseur” marks his first series regular role, following ABC’s short-lived comedy “Selfie.” The USA project also marks his first foray into producing.

Cho and Lundy are repped by UTA. Additionally, Lundy is handled by Echo Lake Entertainment and Ziffren, and Cho by 3 Arts Entertainment and Morris Yorn Barnes. Watkins is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.

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