JAG's David James Elliott Joins Starz's Heels

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A former JAG star is closing in on a return to the small screen.

David James Elliot is set to star on Heels, the forthcoming Starz drama toplined by Stephen Amell.

Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy.

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In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel.

But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.

Deadline is reporting that Elliot is on board as Tom Spade, a former wrestler who is Jack (Alexander Ludwig) and Ace's (Amell) father, and husband to Mary McCormack's Carol.

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Tom built a business that has provided opportunities for aspiring wrestlers from all over the country.

Elliot is best known for playing Harm on JAG, a role he reprised on NCIS: Los Angeles earlier this year.

He has also starred on Impulse, Secrets and Lies, and GCB, among other shows.

Starz placed a series order for Heels in the summer of 2019, but the production has faced numerous delays.

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COVID-19 shuttered production for several months, and Amell announced he had been diagnosed with the virus in October.

Production is well underway now, with a 2021 premiere likely.

Heels joins a scripted roster at Starz that includes various Power spinoffs, Outlander, P-Valley, American Gods, The Girlfriend Experience, and Hightown.

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The cast is certainly one to look out for, with a lot of big draws, and the plot sounds intriguing, so the premium cabler may well be on to another winner.

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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