As the sun cements its place in the sky this summer, USA will inject a few storm clouds into its signature "Blue Skies" shows with the premiere of Graceland, a gripping new drama from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin.
The show's rock-solid centers are Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs, an elite F.B.I. agent leading an unique taskforce of agents from disparate fields who all live under the same roof, and Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren, the ace rookie entering this hodgepodge home.
"What drew me to Mike is that while he was a good person with a good moral structure and good values, I saw that through his relationship with Briggs, that those morals were going to be pushed over the course of the series," Tveit recently told reporters during a trip to the Miami set.
Tveit has not only been elated to see the pilot's promise fulfilled, and then some, as the series has continued to film (they were working on the second-to-last episode when we visited set), but it's underscored a very important lesson he was taught years ago.
"I had an acting teacher tell me years ago that if you play someone you want them to be the best at what they do," he says. "It's not fun to play an OK car salesman, it's fun to play the best car salesperson. Mike's a brilliant agent, but has no field experience -- it's been interesting to see how all those things come together."
Check out a brand new look inside Graceland, premiering this summer on USA.