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'Friday Night Lights' Vet Zach Gilford Goes 'Off the Map' for ABC

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 9th 2010 9:30AM
zach gilford off the mapAfter a brief flirtation with the movies ('Dare,' 'Post Grad'), 'Friday Night Lights' vet Zach Gilford is returning to the tube in a new series from the creator of 'Grey's Anatomy.'

The former Dillon Panther is heading to South America for a role in producer Shonda Rhimes' 'Off the Map,' reports The Ausiello Files. The ABC medical drama follows a group of hot young doctors working at an understaffed clinic in the South American jungle.

Gilford is joining the cast as an "all-American frat boy" plastic surgeon, according to the actor. The character will be miles away from 'FNL's noble quarterback Matt Saracen.

"['Map' co-creator Jenna Bans] told me she loves 'FNL,' but wants to distance me from that role as much as possible. [Something] that excited me," Gilford said.

He joins the cast two weeks after Rhimes and crew dumped actor Enrique Murciano from the show.

Gilford is also expected to appear in four episodes of 'FNL's upcoming final season, including the series finale.

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