Television Tuesday: Graceland

If you were a fan of Miami Vice or The Wire, you’ll love USA Network’s new hit show, Graceland. Agents for the DEA, FBI, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement live and work undercover in a swanky beach house in Southern California. Men and women. The house was seized in a drug raid from a guy who had a thing for Elvis, hence the name.

The ensemble cast features hunky Daniel Sunjata, right (Rescue Me, Law & Order:SVU) as Paul Briggs. Briggs is a Senior FBI agent who loves a challenge. Aaron Tveit, left from the hit film, Les Miserables, plays Mike Warren. He comes straight out of the FBI Academy to Graceland. The FBI has sent him there with a secret agenda: uncover suspected wrongdoings by Briggs. The two bond and spar due to their respective high marks on the FBI entrance exams.

Other notable performances are given by Vanessa Ferlito (CSI:NY) and Manny Montana (Chicago Code, Breakout Kings). They round out the rest of the FBI presence among the roommates. Ferlito plays Charlie DeMarco. Charlie can transform herself into a classy businesswoman or a strung out drug addict with ease. She and Briggs have a romantic history. Montana plays Johnny Tuturro, the prankster of the group. This agent has been trained as a Navy SEAL and can diffuse bombs.

There’s never a dull moment when these guys try to balance their undercover home life with their undercover work life. It’s high stakes 24/7. Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) has a guest role as Bello, a Nigerian drug lord. A must-see.

Catch Graceland on USA Network on Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. EST/9:00 p.m. CST. Full episodes available on and


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Were you a fan of HBO’s The Wire?

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