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St. Petersburg-raised Patrick Wilson expected to star in new CBS drama, A Gifted Man

Patrick Wilson, the St. Petersburg-raised son of local anchor John Wilson, is expected to star in a new one-hour drama picked up for CBS' fall prime time lineup called A Gifted Man.

The series, written by Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant and directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs), features Wilson as a driven, competitive surgeon whose life changes after his ex-wife (The King's Speech's Jennifer Ehle) dies and begins offering guidance from the afterlife.

Julie Benz, most recently seen in ABC's now-canceled superhero drama No Ordinary Family also stars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wilson has amassed an unpredictable and intriguing resume, from acclaimed turns onstage in The Full Monty and Oklahoma, to starring alongside Kate Winslet in the film Little Creatures, playing a superhero in Watchmen (at left), filling the villain's role in The A-Team and co-starring in what may be the year's most profitable movie, the low-budget horror hit Insidious.

Back in 2009, Wilson told a crowd of acting students at the Sunscreen Film Festival that he never turned up his nose at television, earning an Emmy nomination in 2003 for his role in HBO's adaptation of Angels In America. "I auditioned for probably 30, 40, 50 (television) pilots and never pulled one," he said in a 2009 St. Petersburg Times story. "My not doing TV wasn't out of any arrogance, I assure you. It was just because I didn't audition well, so I went back to the stage."

Patrick Wilson's father John Wilson is the top male anchor at Tampa Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13, where his brother Mark Wilson is also an anchor. Another brother, Paul Wilson, owns a media and advertising company in St. Petersburg.

CBS will officially announce its schedule for 2011-12 this morning in New York City. The network is expected to confirm the cancellations of the shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mad Love, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and The Defenders, while picking up at least four other new shows.

Posted by deggans at 5:38:23 pm on May 17, 2011