Tony Winners Patinkin and Davis Join TV Pilots

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Tony Award-winning actors Mandy Patinkin and Viola Davis have signed on for separate television pilots.

Variety reports that Patinkin will appear in the CBS drama pilot "Quantico." The series, directed by Richard Shepard, is currently being filmed in Vancouver. Mark Gordon is producing for Touchstone Television. Davis, meanwhile, has signed on to the ABC pilot "Laws of Chance." Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Roundtable Ink, the series casts Davis as Rebecca, "a real-life female district attorney in Houston."

Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in the Broadway mounting of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita. His theatrical work includes roles in The Wild Party, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and The Knife. An Emmy Award winner for his work on "Chicago Hope," his other screen credits include "Dead Like Me," "Yentl," "Ragtime," "Dick Tracy," "Broken Glass," "Life with Mikey" and "The Princess Bride." Patinkin's latest solo recording, "Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim," is available on the Nonesuch label.

Viola Davis won a Tony Award for her turn in August Wilson's King Hedley II. Her other stage credits include Intimate Apparel, Seven Guitars, Everybody's Ruby, As You Like It, House of Lear and God's Heart. She also has appeared in the films "Traffic," "Antwone Fisher," "Far from Heaven" and the television series "Century City." She will soon be seen opposite George Clooney in "Syriana."

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