Project was called Navy St. New title is Kingdom. Not too crazy on who plays the lead character, but who knows... they all laughed when Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker.
EXCLUSIVE: DirecTV's upcoming 10-episode drama series from creator Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios will be called Kingdom. The straight-to-series project, previously titled Navy St., will debut on October 8 at 9 PM on Audience Network.
Kingdom, which was written by Balasco on spec, takes place in Venice, California and is set against the backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts. It stars Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Matt Lauria, with Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas and Joanna Going co-starring. Balasco is executive producing and serves as showrunner. Endemol Studios (Hell on Wheels), which has 12 scripted projects set up at various networks, produces, with its sibling, Endemol Worldwide Distribution, distributing internationally. DirecTV's is currently airing the second season of original drama series Rogue.
The singer-actor and The Glades alum Kiele Sanchez have nabbed co-starring roles in DirecTV's family MMA drama Navy St., The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Endemol Studios, Navy St. is a gritty drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif., named Navy Street run by Alvey Henderson (Captain America's Frank Grillo), a former fighter whose drug addiction prevented him from making it big.
Jonas will play Nate Henderson, Alvey's youngest son who is his father's pride and joy. Nate is a shy kid who receives a UFC contract. The character lives with his brother Jay, whose struggle with addiction has an impact on Nate. Parenthood's Jonathan Tucker co-stars as Alvey's oldest son, Jay.
Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, Alvey's long-time girlfriend. The role marks the actress' first TV gig following her four-season run on the A&E drama. Repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein, her credits also include Samantha Who, Lost and Related.
For Jonas, the role marks his latest small-screen gig following guest spots on CBS' Hawaii Five-O, NBC's Smash as well as Last Man Standing and The Lying Game. It's his first regular role since Disney Channel's Jonas. His credits include Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the Camp Rock movies as well as docuseries Married to Jonas.
The Jonas Brothers recently announced that the band would be breaking up following a "deep, creative rift" among the group after their concert tour was canceled last year.
Navy St. was created by Detroit 1-8-7's Byron Balasco. DirecTV picked up the drama with a 10-episode straight-to-series commitment last year. The series will be DirecTV's third original drama, joining Rogue and Full Circle. Navy St. will begin production May 5 in Los Angeles and bow on DirecTV's Audience Network in the fall.