Anthony Ruivivar and Nicole Ari Parker Cast in BIG MIKE

Anthony Ruivivar and Nicole Ari Parker

The cast for A&E’s new hourlong drama, BIG MIKE, is coming along nicely. Deadline.com reports that Anthony Ruivivar (The Whole Truth) and Nicole Ari Parker (Soul Food) have now also joined the series.

On the other side of the camera, reports are coming in that Paris Barclay has also come on board to direct the Sony TV-produced pilot. The show stars Greg Grunberg as a plus-size detective with the San Diego Police Department.

Ruivivar is set to play Mike’s partner Armando, who is also a former Marine. Meanwhile, Parker will play Lieutenant Grace Peterson (aka Mike and Armando’s boss).

Recently Barclay has served as executive producer-director on HBO’s In Treatment and also directed 3 episodes of Fox’s musical dramedy Glee. One of those episodes, Wheels, earned him an Emmy nomination last year.

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