Zach Gilford, better known as MVP Matt Saracen of DirectTV's "Friday Night Lights", has found a new and regular job on television. The actor won a role on Shonda Rhimes' new medical drama "Off the Map" which would be aired by ABC next year as part of the midseason line-up.
The new series takes set in "la ciudad de las estrellas", a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. In this ensemble drama, five doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.
Girlford is a plastic surgeon in the series. "The character is still being written, but I've heard him described as kind of an all-American frat boy," said Gilford as quoted by EW. "[Map creator Jenna Bans] told me she loves FNL, but wants to distance me from that role as much as possible. [Something] that excited me."
"Off the Map" has once let go of its regular cast due to creative reasons. Enrique Murciano who was supposed to portray Manny Diaz was dropped but Girlford's character is not a recast of the role.