With the seven season run of HBO's hit vampire drama 'True Blood' coming to a close this summer, it's only natural that the show's long term cast members head out and go looking for new jobs. Today's case in point is Sam Trammell, who has portrayed shape-shifting bar owner Sam Merlotte since 'True Blood's very first episode.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trammell has signed on to play the lead in a new drama pilot for Amazon Studios. Titled 'Cocked' (a title that likely wouldn't fly on a broadcast network) the series concerns Richard Paxson (Trammell), a failed marketing firm employee that is forced to return to his family's gun manufacturing business after one too many failed attempts to climb the corporate ladder.
Complicating matters is the fact that Richard has long been estranged from his father and brother (who run the business), and has done his best to keep his functional immediate family far, far away from them. Unfortunately, a takeover attempt by a rival company (which just so happens to be run by Richard's uncle) forces the three men to put aside their differences and secure their family's legacy.
'Cocked' hails from the mind of Samuel Baum, creator of the FOX drama 'Lie to Me,' who co-penned the script with Sam Shaw, creator of the upcoming WGN America drama 'Manhattan.' Amazon has yet to offer an expected premiere date for the series, although it is likely to be a part of the next batch of pilots that hit the e-tailer's Prime Streaming service.