7 Things to Know About USA's 'Graceland'
When USA's "Graceland" premieres June 6 at 10 PM, it'll feature plenty of pretty people — and their not-so-pretty problems. The show could be described as "Real World: Federal Agent Edition," but that wouldn't come close to describing the darkness and complexity of the six federal agents who live and work together.
Graceland is the name of a house shared by federal agents from the FBI, the DEA, and U.S. Customs. Newcomer Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit, "Gossip Girl" and "Les Misérables") joins the motley crew, which is headed by talented but troubled Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata, "Rescue Me").
Yahoo! TV visited the set of the new series to chat with Tveit, Sunjata, and the rest of the cast about the deeply intertwined stories, potential romances, and what was really happening in the premiere's gorgeous surfing scene.
1. It's a little darker and sexier than other USA shows.
We love the fun and froth of "Psych," "White Collar," and "Suits," but "Graceland" is "not going to be the typical blue-skies fare of USA," explained Sunjata. "It's more gray skies, and I don't think that's a bad thing. I mean, there's definitely some levity. There's some comedy. But I think that [viewers] should brace themselves for a little trip to the dark side."
"There's this sexiness to it," echoed Brandon Jay McLaren, who plays prickly Customs agent Jakes.
2. Characters are still welcome, though.
The house is filled with complex, three-dimensional people. As soon as you think you've got one of them figured out, "Graceland" peels back another layer. And then another. And another.
"The life of an undercover FBI agent is really dangerous and really intense, and you really don't have much of a personal life," explained Vanessa Ferlito, who plays the chameleon FBI Agent Charlie DeMarco. "This becomes your whole life. So you play hard and you work hard in the house."
Added Sunjata, "You'll see not only Briggs's demons, but some demons from other people in the show. Nothing is as it seems in Graceland."
3. The central relationship isn't a romance; it's between two men.
At the core of "Graceland" is the Mike Warren-Paul Briggs relationship — one that can be friendly and mentoring, yet adversarial and tense.
Sunjata on "Graceland":
"It's a really, really complex relationship, which is a lot of fun," Tveit said. "If there's a line between what's right and what's wrong as an FBI agent, I think that Mike is on one side of the line and Briggs is on the other side, and as we kind of grow together, I think we almost learn from each other to grow towards the middle of it, but we're really still on each side of this line."
Tveit on "Graceland":
4. Everyone lies. A lot.
And we're not talking "No, I didn't eat your leftovers" kinds of lies. These are federal agents; their secrets are on a much bigger, much more intense scale.