EXCLUSIVE: TNT orders crime spree pilot “Robbers”

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UPDATE : According to Deadline, the singer has left the project

After a a role in Disney’s Tomorrowland, country singer Tim McGraw pursues a career in acting with a pilot for TNT he’ll star in, “Robbers”, adapted from Christopher Cook’s 2000 debut novel of the same name. 

Described as in the vein of Cormac McCarthy/Coen Brothers No Country For Old Men, Robbers tells the story of a cop and two “running buddies” on a crime spree across Texas, plus the girl who becomes the complication in a very unique love triangle. Everyone has a story. Everyone is a mystery. Mc Graw will play one of the two drifters, Ray Bob, described as being worst of the worst. Co-written and directed by Michael Dinner (Justified), the pilot is set to shoot this november in Austin, Texas. Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly (Masters of Sex, Elementary) are producing for CBS Televison Studios. It’s the first time Tim McGraw agrees to star in a TV show after being pursued for years, especially for the lead of The Last Ship that he refused and ultimately went to Eric Dane.

The pilot order for Robbers comes on the heels of a big push from TNT in changing the brand for more edgier series, following orders for family crime drama Animal Kingdom, Michelle Dockery’s thriller Good Behavior, soapy thriller Home or psychological drama The Alienist. READ MORE ABOUT THOSE PROJECTS HERE.

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