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USA Goes Dark with a Series Order for Damnation

It's a trip back to The Depression

Kat Rosenfield

A gritty period drama about the American heartland is officially headed to the USA Network, with a series order officially on the books for Damnation.

Damnation stars Irish actor Killian Scott as Seth Davenport, a traveling preacher in 1930s Iowa who has secret plans to spawn a populist uprising against big money and the corrupt men who wield it. Working against him is professional strikebreaker Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall Green), a man with whom Davenport has his own secret and -- according to Deadline, "bloody" -- history.

Meanwhile, the best description of the show's vibe came from Damnation screenwriter Tony Tost, who tweeted, "The aim is one part Eastwood, one part Steinbeck, one part Ellroy. Or, if Johnny Cash was a TV show."

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Damnation is expected to make its premiere in fall of 2017. It joins two other dramas ordered to series on the USA Network: a true-crime drama called Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., and The Sinner starring Jessica Biel as a potential sociopath.