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Jimmy Smits Goes from 'Outlaw' to Mayor of LA in New NBC Drama

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 18th 2011 10:15AM
Jimmy SmitsJimmy Smits just can't stay way from fictional authority figures: He's played cops, lawyers, a Senator from Alderaan and, most recently a judge. Now, it's been announced that his next TV role will be Mayor of Los Angeles.

According to Deadline.com, Smits has signed on for the last major lead role in Stephen ('Traffic') Gaghan's new drama for NBC.

Formerly known as 'S.I.L.A.,' the as-of-now untitled project is described as a complex ensemble drama in the style of 'Traffic' and 'Syriana' set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles.

Smits will portray the pivotal character of Los Angeles Mayor Alfonso Morales, who's described as a man full of ambition who cares deeply about his city, power and women, but not necessarily in that order.

Smits joins the previously cast Noah Emmerich, who plays Det. Terry Mullins, leader of the mayor's Special Investigations Unit. Other confirmed cast members are Madchen Amick, who'll play Mullins's high-powered attorney ex-wife, and Emma Dumont, who'll play their teenage daughter.

Smits's last TV series, 'Outlaw,' was swiftly cancelled by NBC back in October after only a few episodes had aired. He had apparently decided to sit this pilot season out, but was lured back by the prospect of working with Oscar-winning screenwriter Gaghan.

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