Sarah Wayne Callies, James Saito, Tim Chiou, Freda Foh Shen and Felisha Terrell have joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot, “The Company You Keep.”
“The Company You Keep” is based on the Korean format “My Fellow Citizens.” The story follows con man Charlie (Ventimiglia) and undercover CIA officer Emma (Kim). A night of passion leads to love between the pair, who unknowingly are on a collision course professionally. While Charlie ramps up the “family business” so he can get out for good, Emma’s closing in on the vengeful criminal who holds Charlie’s family debts in-hand — forcing them to reckon with the lies they’ve told so they can save themselves and their families from disastrous consequences.
Previously announced cast includes Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Catherine Haena Kim (FBI) and William Fichtner.
According to Deadline:
Callies will play Birdie, Charlie’s bossy big-sister and co-owner of the bar they run together, which also serves as a front to their illegitimate family business. A commitment-phobe with her own relationship baggage, Birdie is a single mother to a hearing-impaired daughter. An expert in all things technical, Birdie is an integral member of her family of grifters and will stop at nothing to keep them safe, even if it puts her at odds with Charlie.
Saito portrays Joseph aka Joe. This former Governor is the patriarch of a political dynasty considered to be the Asian American Kennedys. His son, David, is an incumbent Senator currently running for re-election. Determined to cement his family’s legacy, Joe is throwing all his resources behind David’s campaign. A loving, if at times, exacting father, Joe has a complicated relationship with his daughter Emma.
Chiou plays David, he’s Joseph’s son and extremely close with his younger sister, Emma, who gets to see a side of David that few others do. Strategic, measured and kind, David is the golden boy of their family who bears the burden of carrying on his father’s impressive legacy. An incumbent senator running for re-election, David keeps a sense of humor despite the pressures of his campaign and the high expectations of his family.
Shen is Grace, she’s Joseph’s wife and Emma and David’s mother, can work a room like nobody’s business and is the fierce curator and protector of her family’s brand. Poised and elegant, Grace is the true diplomat of this high-profile family, especially when it comes to the fraught relationship between her husband and daughter.
Terrell plays Daphne, worldly, ambitious and, when pushed, ruthless. The enigmatic consultant to Irish mobster Brendan Maguire who quickly ascends to become the new head of the Maguire crime syndicate. Daphne will find herself at the center of Emma and Charlie’s professional collision course.
Ben Younger (Snowfall) has been tapped to direct and executive produce the series. Younger directed the first two episodes of this season of Snowfall for FX and also directed the ninth episode of season 3.
The pilot is being written and exec produced by Julia Cohen. Executive producers include Cohen, Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff on behalf of DiVide Pictures, Jon M. Chu and Caitlin Foito on behalf of Electric Somewhere, Todd Harthan and Lindsay Goffman. Deanna Harris of DiVide will produce.
20th Television is the studio, with DiVide currently under an overall.
Callies is best known for starring in The Walking Dead and Colony and recently starred in NBC’s Council of Dads.
Saito most recently appeared in the Netflix films Always Be My Maybe and Love Hard.
Chiou currently recurs on the third season of Apple TV series Truth Be Told opposite Octavia Spencer and Gabrielle Union. He also recurred on the second season of Netflix comedy Space Force, and appeared on SEAL Team, Silicon Valley, Zombie and Interrogation.
Shen recurs on Fox’s 9-1-1, which was just renewed for a sixth season. She also recurred on Elementary and guest-starred on series including Magnum PI, The Fix and Grimm.
Terrell has recurred on ABC’s Queens, Black Mafia Family for Starz and CW’s Dynasty, as well as Utopia, Tell Me a Story and Shooter.
If “The Company You Keep” receives a series order, we expect to see the show arrive on Hulu and internationally on Disney+.