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USA Network has picked up a new crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, Universal Cable Prods. and Paramount Television. The first season, titled Briarpatch, starring Rosario Dawson, originally was ordered as a pilot directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.

In conjunction with the series order for Briarpatch, Greenwald has been signed into an overall deal at UCP.

Based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch was written for television by Greenwald, who executive produces alongside Mr. Robot and Homecoming‘s Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. Amirpour also served as an executive producer on the pilot. In addition to her starring role, Dawson will be a producer on the series.

Briarpatch follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The season celebrates the beloved genres represented by Thomas’ book — a stylish blend of crime and pulp fiction — while updating his sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation.

From Deadline, a new crime anthology series at USA.

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Casting news; Kim Dickens Joins USA Crime Anthology As Series Regular
 

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Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) has been cast as a series regular in Briarpatch, USA Network’s crime anthology series from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, UCP and Paramount Television.

Written by Greenwald based on the Ross Thomas novel, Briarpatch centers on Allegra “Pick” Dill (Rosario Dawson), a tenacious and highly skilled investigator working for an ambitious young senator in Washington, D.C. When her 10-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury.

Dickens will play Chief of Police Eve Raytek, an authoritative firecracker who is committed to finding out who killed Allegra’s sister. She’s a boot-stomping good old girl who’s used to operating in an all-male environment. She knows how to do a shot, read a room and get things done.

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‘Briarpatch’: Ed Asner & Alan Cumming To Recur On USA Series
 

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Ed Asner and Alan Cumming are set for key recurring roles opposite Rosario Dawson in Briarpatch,the first season of USA Network’s anthology series, from writer-executive producer Andy Greenwald, executive producer Sam Esmail, Universal Cable Prods. and Paramount Television. The series is currently in production in Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Asner will play James Staghorne Sr., the President and owner of the town’s only newspaper, The Chronicle. The longtime power behind the power in City Hall, he never bothers to hide his racism and resentment and deigns only to speak to his son Jimmy Jr. — unless someone sets off his powerful temper.

Cumming will portray Clyde Brattle, an elegant, charming, and murderous arms dealer. Currently a fugitive – and the target of a Senatorial investigation run by Allegra Dill (Dawson) — he arrives in town to wreak havoc and settle some old scores.

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