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Sam Shepard to Star in Epix Pilot 'Tough Trade'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 20th 2009 1:40PM
If you're launching a multi-platform entertainment service, why not hire a multi-hyphenate talent?

The fledgling, not-quite-network Epix has tapped actor-director-playwright Sam Shepard to star in its first drama series, 'Tough Trade.' Shepard, who's very often called on to play intimidating authority figures, will star as the patriarch of the "morally corrupt" Tucker family, a three-generation Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left them on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Epix is a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate that launched October 30 on Verizon FIOS, with concert and comedy specials. The premium channel aims to launch its first original scripted program in late 2010.If you're launching a multi-platform entertainment service, why not hire a multi-hyphenate talent?

The fledgling, not-quite-network Epix has tapped actor-director-playwright Sam Shepard to star in its first drama series, 'Tough Trade.' Shepard, who's very often called on to play intimidating authority figures, will star as the patriarch of the "morally corrupt" Tucker family, a three-generation Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left them on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Epix is a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate that launched October 30 on Verizon FIOS, with concert and comedy specials. The premium channel aims to launch its first original scripted program in late 2010.

While Shepard is mostly known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Buried Child' and his Oscar-nominated role as Chuck Yeager in 1983's 'The Right Stuff,' he's no stranger to television. He starred as murderer Gary Gilmore's abusive father in the powerful HBO movie 'Shot in the Heart,' received a Golden Globe nomination as 'The Maltese Falcon' author Dashiell Hammett in 'Dash and Lilly' and co-starred with James Garner in the Larry McMurtry mini-series. 'Streets of Laredo.'

Shepard, whose other film credits include 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' 'Steel Magnolias,' 'Black Hawk Down,' next hits the big screen in 'Brothers,' opposite Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

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