Ed Asner and Alan Cumming Board Rosario Dawson’s ‘Briarpatch’ at USA Network

Series is based on Ross Thomas’ novel of the same name

Ed Asner and Alan Cumming have joined USA Network’s upcoming drama “Briarpatch.”

“Briarpatch” stars Rosario Dawson as Allegra Dill, a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The season celebrates the beloved genres represented by Thomas’ book — a stylish blend of crime and pulp fiction — while updating his sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation.

Asner will play the role of James Staghorne Sr. – the president and owner of the town’s only newspaper, The Chronicle. The longtime power behind the power in City Hall, he never bothers to hide his racism and resentment and deigns only to speak to his son Jimmy Jr. — unless someone sets off his powerful temper.

Cumming will play the role of Clyde Brattle – an elegant, charming, and murderous arms dealer. Currently a fugitive – and the target of a Senatorial investigation run by Dill —  he arrives in town to wreak havoc and settle some old scores.

The first season is based on Ross Thomas’ novel of the same name, which sees Dawson playing a gender-swapped version of Thomas’ lead character, Ben Dill. The series also stars Jay R. Ferguson, Brian Geraghty and Edi Gathegi. The first season is currently shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dawson will also serve as a producer.

Andy Greenwald, who UCP also signed to an overall deal, adapted “Briarpatch” for television and will executive produce along with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. Universal Cable Productions and Paramount Television will produce. Ana Lily Amirpour directed the pilot and also served as an executive producer.