Eric Roberts will visit The Player in its fourth episode, playing a former crime boss who also has yet another connection to Alex Kane’s past. Deadline Hollywood had the initial report of Roberts’ casting.
He’ll play a character named Pauly Agostino, who is now behind bars but like most imprisoned criminals, still has ties to his former business. He also happens to be the father of another friend of Alex’s (Philip Winchester) ex-wife, Ginny (Daisy Betts); Daisy was revealed to have been friends with Alex’s new business partner Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield) in Thursday’s pilot.
Agostino is the second character in Roberts’ recent history who’s been behind bars; he recently re-appeared in the fifth season of USA’s Suits as Charles Forstman, the ruthless businessman who was imprisoned but still carrying a grudge against longtime foe Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Forstman had teamed up with Harvey’s other enemies to cause trouble at the firm, and ultimately agreed to withdraw his support only if Harvey resigned.
His appearance on The Player will no doubt be an equally juicy one. But Roberts is just one of many significant guest stars in the Oct. 15 episode. It also features the first appearance of Nick Wechsler (Revenge) as Cassandra’s boyfriend also named Nick, and additional guest appearances by Carmine Giovinazzo (CSI: NY) and Nikki Deloach (Awkward).
In other news, ratings for The Player were on par with the rest of NBC’s fare in its debut outing Thursday. The series premiere attracted 4.9 million viewers following the two-hour launch of the heavily touted Heroes Reborn, which drew 6.0 million.
Although that’s down when compared to the Monday debut of fellow newcomer Blindspot (10.64 million), it’s not necessarily bad news for the underrated drama.
The series is up nine percent compared to NBC’s launch of spy drama Allegiance in the same time slot in February, even when going up against both NFL football and ABC’s sophomore hit How to Get Away with Murder, which was enjoying extra buzz thanks to Viola Davis’s groundbreaking Emmy win on Sunday night.
It also topped the network’s time slot averages by 20 percent in the coveted 18-49 demographic and by 17 percent in total viewers overall. Given the high quality of the series, it should only be a matter of time before more eyeballs discover this outstanding new addition to TV’s airwaves.
The Player airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.