Michaela McManus

Law & Order: SVU's Michaela McManus is joining the CW pilot Nomads, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

McManus, 26, will play a young CIA hopeful who must juggle her career ambitions with the feelings she harbors for her handler and another soon-to-be agent. The series follows a group of young backpackers who work secret missions for the CIA to fund their travels.

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McManus starred on SVU last season as A.D.A. Kim Greylek. Before that, she held a recurring role on One Tree Hill in 2008.

The pilot was written by Numb3rs' Ken Sanzel, who will also direct. McManus' casting was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.