Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have teamed up to star in CBS’s untitled Ralph Lamb drama pilot.
Goodfellas writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker penned the script and James Mangold is set to direct the unnamed series. This will mark Quaid ‘s first TV role. The movie actor will play the lead role in the project, which will be set in the 1960s and centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas.
Michael Chiklis will play Johnny Savino, a Chicago mob fixer whose entrepreneurial vision for transforming Las Vegas collides with the law-and-order mandate of Sheriff Lamb.
In addition to their starring roles, Quaid and Chiklis will head up the project as co-executive producers with CBS TV Studios.
Chiklis has been seen on TV before, with roles in such projects as No Ordinary Family and The Shield. Quaid, however, has become more seasoned in film, so this TV drama will be his first attempt at a big role on the small screen.