Wahlberg Enters 'Kill Pit'


Former "Boomtown" star Donnie Wahlberg, lately (and briefly) seen on The CW's "Runaway," will move to cable for his next series job.

Wahlberg will star in Spike TV's limited-run show "The Kill Pit," opposite John Leguizamo. The show has also signed director Steve Shill, a veteran of "Deadwood," "The Wire" and "Law & Order: SVU," to helm the first four hours.

"Donnie is an incredibly versatile actor with a tremendous amount of soul," says Pancho Mansfield, head of original programming of Spike TV. "He is a great addition to the show, and we know that his character will resonate with our male viewers."

"The Kill Pit" centers on a bank robbery planned and executed by a group of Iraq war veterans. Things go sideways, as you might expect, setting up a standoff between the robbers, a dozen or so hostages and a negotiator on the outside. The eight-hour series, written by James DeMonaco ("The Negotiator," "Assault on Precinct 13"), is scheduled to premiere in the summer.

Wahlberg will next appear in the A&E movie "Kings of South Beach," which airs in March. Other recent credits include ABC's "Path to 9/11," "Annapolis" and "Saw II."

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