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Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of the USA drama pilot Over/Under, has learned exclusively.

The project stars Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) as Paul, a day trader with a massive gambling problem who is fired from his job after a bad trade cost his firm millions. Shut out of the job market, he and his wife Georgette (Caroline Dhavernas) move to Brooklyn where he finds an unlikely partner in an expectant father Marino (Anthony Carrigan) to start a high-end bookie business.

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Esposito will play Oliver, a dry-witted and sophisticated artist who once taught Georgette and who maintains a special fondness for his former student.

Browen Hughes will direct the pilot, from Fox TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods. Sheila Callaghan wrote the script. Production begins at the end of the month in New York.

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On Breaking Bad, Esposito plays throat-slitting drug kingpin Gus. He will recur as both the Evil Queen's sidekick Magic Mirror and Storybrooke newspaper reporter Sydney in ABC's Once Upon a Time this fall.