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Set in Sparta, Mississippi, the show centers on Bill Gillespie, a sheriff who tries to solve crimes and catch criminals while navigating through tricky small-town politics where racial tensions often run high.

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Meet The Cast

Carroll O’Connor

Chief William O. ‘Bill’ Gillespie

Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City’s borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O’Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English. While there, he became interested in theater. During one of the amateur productions, he met his future wife, Nancy Fields, whom he married in 1951. He moved to Ireland where he continued his theatrical studies at the National University of Ireland. He was discovered during one of his college productions and was signed to appear at the Dublin Gate Theater. He worked in theater in Europe until 1954 when he returned to New York. His attempts to land on Broadway failed and he taught high school until 1958. Finally in 1958, he landed an Off-Broadway production, “Ulysses in Nighttown”. He followed that with a Broadway production that was directed by ‘Burgess Meredith’, “God and Kate Murphy”, in which he was both an understudy and an assistant stage manager. At the same time, he was getting attention on TV. He worked in a great many character roles throughout the 1960s. Although Selleck is a television icon who still maintains a strong fan base that dates back to “Magnum PI,” he has also established a contemporary audience thanks to the success of his Emmy Award-nominated role in the “Jesse Stone” television film franchise, which began airing four years ago on CBS. Based on the famous, best-selling books by Robert B. Parker, Selleck plays the part of New England police chief Jesse Stone. Selleck recently wrapped production on the seventh installment, “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost.” The 2008 film, “Jesse Stone: Sea Change,” garnered Selleck an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Selleck’s additional television credits include the series “Las Vegas” and the recurring role of Candice Bergen’s lovable rogue ex-husband on “Boston Legal.” His memorable guest-starring run on “Friends” as Courteney Cox’s love interest earned him an Emmy nomination in 2000 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In television films, he has portrayed many powerful and thought-provoking characters such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 2004 Emmy-nominated television movie, “IKE: Countdown to D-Day,” which was also nominated in the film category at the 2004 Monte Carlo Television Festival. Selleck also starred in the television film, “Reversible Errors,” on CBS, as well as “Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail.” This film set a new record for being the highest-rated movie in the history of basic cable. In addition to television, Selleck’s motion picture acting career has featured him in a variety of roles for such films as “Three Men and a Baby,” which won Favorite Comedy Motion Picture at the People’s Choice Awards in 1988. He also starred in the film’s sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady.” Other film credits include “Quigley Down Under,” “In and Out,” “Mr. Baseball,” “Her Alibi,” “The Love Letter,” “Broken Trust,” “Folks,” “An Innocent Man,” “Runaway” and “High Road to China.” Making his Broadway debut in 2001, Selleck starred in the romantic comedy, “A Thousand Clowns,” at New York’s Longacre Theatre. The critically acclaimed play was, at that time, the highest-grossing play at the Longacre to date. Aside from his acting successes, Selleck has also been prolific behind-the-scenes. He has executive produced each installment of the “Jesse Stone” series and co-wrote the screenplays for both “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise” and “Jesse Stone: No Remorse” with J.T. Allen and Michael Brandman. Additionally, Selleck starred in and also executive produced the television film, “Monte Walsh.” Other notable executive producer credits include “The Closer” on CBS, “Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail,” “Last Stand at Saber River,” “Ruby Jean and Joe,” “Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Stranger” and “Magnum P.I.” during the series’ last two seasons. Selleck devotes much of his time to philanthropic causes. He is a board member of The Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics; an advisory board member of the Character Counts Coalition; a spokesman for the National Fatherhood Initiative; a committee member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and is actively involved in the Student/Sponsor Partnership Program in New York City. Additionally, he received a Distinguished American Award from the Horatio Alger Association and was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. In April 2010, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City inducted Selleck into the Hall of Great Western Performers. Selleck was born in Detroit and resides in Southern California with his wife, actress Jillie Mack, and their daughter. His birth date is Jan. 29.

Alan Autry

Capt. V.L. ‘Bubba’ Skinner

Alan Autry played sports in high school and earned a scholarship to the University of the Pacific where he played quarterback and then tight end on the football team. He attracted attention in the 1975 football draft and wound up playing for the Green Bay Packers. He started three games as quarterback but his efforts were disappointing and coach Bart Starr cut him from the team in 1977. Autry then moved into acting and played small parts in North Dallas Forty (1979) and Popeye (1980) under the name “Carlos Brown”. While filming Southern Comfort (1981) in Louisiana in 1981, he again made contact with his father and afterwards decided to change his name back to Autry. He also dropped the “Carlos” and began to use his middle name — Alan. His acting career peaked when he played a small-town Mississippi policeman in the In the Heat of the Night (1988) TV series which ran from 1988 to 1995. Later, Autry moved into politics and was elected mayor of Fresno, California, in 2000. In 2004, he was re-elected. Wahlberg’s other television credits include co-starring with Harvey Keitel in the miniseries, “Path to 9/11,” and “The Kill Point” series, as well as the drama series, “Boomtown,” and the award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” Wahlberg’s film career includes a pivotal role in “The Sixth Sense,” which was originally written for a 13-year-old boy until Wahlberg met with M. Night Shyamalan to inquire about rights for a theater production and ended up convincing the writer/director that no one else but he could play the role. He also co-starred with Mel Gibson in “Ransom” directed by Ron Howard, and starred in the independent film, “Southie.” Other film credits include the blockbuster hit, “Saw II,” “Annapolis” and the independent film, “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School.” The eighth of nine children, Wahlberg began performing in plays and banging on pots and pans as early as the first grade. In high school, he attended a fledgling arts program and became involved in theater, acting, writing and directing plays. At age 14, he started a band that, in just a few years, went from playing at high school parties to becoming pop music sensation New Kids on the Block. At the height of the group’s popularity, Wahlberg decided to go in another direction by focusing on writing and producing for his brother, Mark. He then chose to explore his interest in acting and landed a role in “Bullet” with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur, a project that lit a spark and motivated him to devote his energy to the craft of acting.

Howard E. Rollins Jr.

Lt. Lonnie Jamison

Howard E. Rollins Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. He was the youngest of four children born to Howard E. Rollins Sr. (steelworker) and Ruth R. Rollins (domestic worker). Rollins graduated from Towson State College, where he studied theater. His first break into acting came when a friend convinced him to try out for a role in “Of Mice and Men” at a local Baltimore theater. He surprised himself with his acting talent. He left for New York City in 1974 to further his acting career. Rollins earned an Oscar nomination for the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime (1981) and an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor on the NBC daytime drama Another World (1964). He is also known for his brilliant portrayal of Virgil Tibbs on the long running hit TV series In the Heat of the Night (1988), based on the 1967 movie of the same name. In 1995, he made his final feature film appearance in Drunks (1995). Rollins was diagnosed with lymphoma in late 1996. Six weeks later, he died of complications from the disease at the age of 46. Moynahan was most recently seen in Lionsgate’s “John Wick,” alongside Keanu Reeves. She completed production on the independent film “Midnight Sun” with Goran Visnjic. She was also recently seen in the independent feature “Small Time” with Christopher Meloni. Moynahan first captured the attention of audiences in Disney’s “Coyote Ugly” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. She went on to star in numerous blockbuster films including the futuristic summer hit “I, Robot with Will Smith, Touchstone Pictures’ “The Recruit” with Al Pacino and Colin Farrell, Paramount’s “The Sum Of All Fears,” teaming with Ben Affleck in this political thriller based on Tom Clancy’s bestselling novel, and “Battle: Los Angeles” opposite Aaron Eckhart. Other feature credits include “Lord of War” starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke, and “Noise” opposite Tim Robbins .She also starred alongside Selena Gomez and John Corbett for Fox’s family film “Ramona and Beezus” based on the popular Beverly Cleary characters. Previously on television, Moynahan portrayed Natasha, Carrie’s rival and Mr. Bigs’ wife on the highly-rated, critically acclaimed HBO series “Sex And The City.” She also starred in J.J. Abram’s compelling ABC drama, “Six Degrees.” With a strong interest in childhood education, Moynahan takes time to serve on the National Board of Directors for “Jumpstart” a national early education organization that works with children in low-income neighborhoods. She is also actively involved with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families. Born in Binghamton, New York and raised in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Moynahan currently resides in New York.