ABC’s ‘Hallelujah’ Adds Donal Logue and Terry O’Quinn

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:40 pm,

Marc Cherry’s upcoming drama pilot, Hallelujah, has cast its primary leads in Donal Logue and Terry O’Quinn, and in doing so, we learn a bit more about the show’s premise.

Hallelujah will focus primarily on the continual conflict between good and evil, and its lasting effect upon the people living in the titular Tennessee town. On one hand will be Logue’s Rye Turner, an exemplary family man and owner of the local diner, who is on a bit of a losing streak, as of late. Turner’s nemesis is Del Roman (O’Quinn), a crooked millionaire who controls everything in Hallelujah, including the law.

Enter the previously cast Jesse L. Martin, as a mysterious stranger (and potential savior) who has put it upon himself to end the bitter conflict between these two men, and return peace to the town.

After the unfortunate cancellation of his critically-lauded FX drama Terriers, it was only a matter of time before Logue turned up in a major role on another series. Having been seen in a handful of beloved, but short-lived programs such as Life, The Knights of Prosperity and of course Terriers, Logue may have finally landed the lead role that will keep him in one spot for more than one season.

Meanwhile, O’Quinn’s name had most recently been associated with the J.J. Abrams-produced Odd Jobs, which would have also featured his Lost co-star Michael Emerson. While that project made it all the way to NBC, it stalled just short of being given a greenlight by the network. However, both actors have landed safely on other shows, with O’Quinn jumping aboard Hallelujah and Emerson joining the Jonathan Nolan-written and J.J. Abrams-produced CBS drama Person of Interest, where he will also portray a man with money and means.

Hallelujah produced by Desperate Housewives Cherry ABC’s ‘Hallelujah’ Adds Donal Logue and Terry O’Quinn

Will Cherry’s ‘Hallelujah’ be a success like ‘Desperate Housewives’?

With the addition of Logue and O’Quinn, the cast of Hallelujah now jumps to five regulars including Frances O’Conner (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) and Arielle Kebbel (True Blood, Vampires Suck). Certainly more stars will be added to the cast, and hopefully we’ll get more nuggets of information about the show’s central themes and plotlines. Hallelujah’s continual reference to the classic literary concept of good vs. evil (with a dash of Yojimbo thrown in for good measure) sounds intriguing enough on paper, but will that translate into another hit show for Desperate Housewives producer Marc Cherry?

Look for Hallelujah to air on ABC in the fall.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sounds pretty interesting. I loved O’Quinn on LOST. Logue has always been a likeable good actor. I’m hoping they put in alot of religous/philosophical undertones within the story like HBO’s Carnival.

  2. Me too! I think they could do some really interesting themes. I just hope they don’t cop out

  3. To be fair, I never finished this show, but Hallelujah sounds a little like HappyTown…

  4. So Excited! Terriers was incredible, Donal Logue was awesome in it. And Terry Quinn, wow! What a cast! When does it start?!

  5. sounds like a superhero show. no1 needs a superhero show

  6. Just took a survey where I watched an episode of this show. I liked what I saw it looks like it’s going to be an interesting show.

  7. I just watched the first episode as part of a survey. It is Like desperate housewives in the way that the story line builds from each episode, each episode will not wrap itself up within the space of the show. You will have to watch it every week to really understand what is going on. I think it can build a strong viewer base as long as it can keep people interested. This show is definitely not something I will watch, I did not like the pilot I just watched.