House alum Omar Epps is checking back into the TV world with a role in ABC’s drama pilot The Returned, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) and Landon Gimenez also have come on board the project.
Based on Jason Mott’s novel, the potential series asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by?” The lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.
Epps’ Immigration Agent Martin Bellamy is in town to figure out the identity of the mysterious kid claiming to be the long-dead child of Harold (Smith) and his wife Lucille (Frances Fisher).
Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs), Samaire Armstrong (The Mentalist), Nicholas Gonzalez (Off the Map, Melrose Place), Sam Hazeldine and Mark Hildreth round out the cast.
Aaron Zelman (The Killing) penned the script. JoAnn Alfano (30 Rock), Jon Liebman (Ringer), Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will exec-produce.