‘Wild Card’ Taps Ben Lawson As Series Lead

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Australian actor Ben Lawson has proven himself a competent television litigator by landing the lead role in USA Network’s Wild Card. Lawson will play disillusioned Wall Street attorney Will Garrett who after a night in Sin City finds new purpose in his life.

The procedural drama concerns the misbehaving denizens of Las Vegas and the lawyers they hire to make sure what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

The chances of success for Lawson and Wild Card seem good as USA turns virtually every greenlit pilot into an ongoing series.  Ending up at USA would give Wild Card a leg up on the competition, given the network’s proficiency at turning clever dramas into hit television shows.

Executive produced and written by Stephen Godchaux of Spin City and Dead Like Me fame, Wild Card is being groomed as one of six new pilots for the network – along with Eden and Over/Under – that USA is betting will help them keep the No.1 spot in cable ratings for the fifth year in a row.

According to Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming for USA Network:

“We’re fighting to stay No.1, and we have to step up our game. You do that by building up your portfolio, pushing out with a little more volume and moving outside your comfort zone by pushing with genre and tone.”

Part of USA Network’s portfolio includes the 7 shows set to return, including hits like Psych, Burn Notice, Royal Pains and In Plain Sight.

wild card usa las vegas Wild Card Taps Ben Lawson As Series Lead
Like USA, Lawson most certainly has high hopes for Wild Card. After making a name for himself on the hit Australian soap opera Neighbours for almost two years, Lawson got his first chance at American stardom in the failed ABC series The Deep End. Fortunately, it appears that he has now received a second chance at landing on a hit series… and with USA behind him, it’s only a matter of time before it happens.

Expect to see Wild Card on USA in late 2011

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I was totally bummed when this show got the axe! Glad to hear he is getting another shot.

  2. Good on Lawson, he’s a great actor and even better guy…

    Hopefully this show lasts the distance and we get to see how good Lawson really is!

  3. Watched the pilot last night… just flipping through channels and caught a few lines… THE JUDGE IS A SERIES by herself.

    Everybody was great. i loved it.

    Instead we’ll get more zombies and car chases… TV execs are idiots and so out of the loop, but for blood and guts and explosions.

  4. Just saw the show Wild Card — my husband had taped it not knowing what it was. I have to tell you that it was a great show—-what were the “execs” thinking that the show didn’t go forward? We both loved it and we don’t normally agree on TV programming! Tired of the same old same old and especially despise the “true” reality shows — really? Who do these people talk to when they decide on what to air and what not to air?????

    • Just saw the movie Wild Card, had to get on the computer immediately to see when it was going to be on USA as a series, Very disappointed to read that it did not make it. The TV big wigs don’t know what they are doing.

  5. Great Movie, very funny, love the characters. USA is missing out on a winner not having it as a series.

  6. My wife and I just watched the movie. We felt it was a fun sow to watch. The characters were will done especially the lady Judge. I can’t remember her name but she was great. I hope they rethink their decision. I really would like to see more…..

  7. Loved the Show last month. Can’t believe it got cut!!! Hope they rethink this decision!!!!!!!!

  8. Love the show,please make it a series, keep everyone love the judge.

  9. I watched the movie the other night and LOVED it. This would make a great series. Hopefully, a smart network will make it in to a regular series. The writing was very fresh, just what we need.

  10. My wife and I enjoyed Wild Card imensely. Gregreat writing, wonderful leads and supporting cast, (especialy that judge). We were both disapointed to learn it wa a pilot made a couple of years ago and will not be part of USA’s lineup.

  11. We loved Wild Card as well! Enjoyed the characters (especially the judge) & couldn’t wait for more – quite dismayed to find that more wasn’t coming!!!!
    Execs don’t know a hit when they see it! (No offense)

  12. Just watched “Wild Card”.. We LOVED it!! Hope you guys will RECONSIDER and make this into a television series. We watch a lot of USA and love the shows that are Drama/Comedy.

  13. loved wild card love to see this as a series loved the entie cast

  14. love this show! The non violence is refreshing! When will the series start? Hurry up! Lol!