Tergesen, Curran Get 'A.M.P.E.D.'

Lee Tergesen and Tony Curran have been tapped to star on Spike TV's one-hour drama pilot "A.M.P.E.D.," from Fox 21 and co-creators/executive producers Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan.

In addition, Steven Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who co-created and produced NBC's "The Pretender," have come on board the project as showrunners/executive producers, while Rob Lieberman (USA Network's "The Dead Zone") will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer.

Also joining the cast are Sarah Brown, Josh Biton, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Troy Winbush.

"A.M.P.E.D.," which is now set in present-day Minneapolis instead of Los Angeles, revolves around a group of police detectives and officers as they deal with a small but growing percentage of the population that is falling prey to strange genetic mutations, causing them to do destructive things to the city and those around them.

Tergesen has been cast in the role of Detective Brian Spicer, described as a sensitive, quick-thinking, fearless and level-headed homicide cop. Curran portrays Detective Mark Jacocks, a tough cop whose method clashes with Spicer.

Production on the pilot is set to begin Monday in Vancouver.

Tergesen, best known for his portrayal of Tobias Beecher on HBO's "Oz," has appeared on such series as ABC's "Desperate Housewives," NBC's "Law & Order" and CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." On the big screen, he next appears in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." He is repped by the Gersh Agency.

Curran has appeared in such feature films as "Miami Vice," "Gladiator," "Flight of the Phoenix" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." He is repped by Melanie Greene Management.

Brown, repped by Gersh and McKeon Myones Management, has appeared in CBS' "Cold Case" and "Without a Trace" and NBC's "Crossing Jordan."

Winbush, repped by Paradigm, has appeared in NBC's "Medical Investigation" and CBS' "CSI: Miami."

Addai-Robinson's credits include HBO's "Entourage" and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

Biton's credits include ABC's "Commander in Chief" and the film "National Treasure."

Kimberly Nordyke writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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