SEASON 2 PRODUCTION BEGINS:
Graves stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Nick Nolte (Warrior, The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Tides) as ex-U.S. President Richard Graves, which most recently garnered him a Golden Globe® nomination for his portrayal, and Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actress Sela Ward (Independence Day: Resurgence, Gone Girl, “Sisters”) as former First Lady Margaret Graves.
The talented supporting cast includes:
Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, “Ground Floor”) as over-eager assistant Isaiah Miller who goes to work for his political hero at the very moment that the ex-President is tearing down his legacy;
Heléne Yorke (“Masters of Sex,” American Psycho) as self-destructive socialite daughter Olivia Rockefeller Graves;
Chris Lowell (The Help, “Veronica Mars”) as son Jeremy Graves, just back from the war in Afghanistan;
Callie Hernandez (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Machete Kills) as tattooed, free-spirited waitress Samantha who becomes the President’s muse, encouraging him to break loose of previous beliefs.
After a year of public protests against his Presidential legacy, Season 2 finds former President Richard Graves turning inward in search of the man he used to be before he was President. This journey is compounded by the arrival of his first grandchild, thanks to daughter Olivia (Heléne Yorke) and a new revelation about his son, Jeremy (Chris Lowell). Graves’s journey coincides with wife Margaret’s (Sela Ward) Senate campaign, as the former First Lady attempts to build her own political legacy at the exact moment that her husband is tearing his down; and his assistant, Isaiah Miller’s (Skylar Astin) search for new direction after taking a bullet for the President in the Season 1 finale. In addition, Callie Hernandez returns as Samantha.
Joining the cast this season in recurring roles:
Adam Goldberg (“Fargo,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show”) who will portray Christopher Sachs, Margaret Graves’ new campaign manager: a fastidious, idiosyncratic, often ruthless political mastermind who leads Margaret down a populist path. He doesn’t care about right or left, or right and wrong; he only plays to win;
Spencer Grammer (“Greek,” “Mr. Robinson,” “Ironside”) will recur as Katie Farrell, Margaret’s new campaign communications director, a blonde conservative princess cut from the cloth of Ann Coulter and Kellyanne Conway. As Isaiah’s Republican Dream Girl turned girlfriend, Katie takes Isaiah under her wing and makes big plans for his political career.
Recurring cast members include:
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, “Grace & Frankie”) as “family fixer” Jacob Mann
Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives,” Young Frankenstein, The Producers) as speechwriter Lawrence Mills.
Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Margaret’s no-nonsense campaign manager Annie Novak
Tania Gunadi (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) as Margaret’s uptight assistant Summer
Khotan Fernandez (Before Night Falls) as the mysterious Arturo Del Rey.
Numerous guest stars appeared and will continue to appear throughout the series. Season 1 guest stars included:
Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Gosford Park) as Homeland Security Secretary Burns;
Nora Dunn (Bruce Almighty) as snarky reporter Laura Wolf;
Chris Elliott (Groundhog Day) as veterinarian Thomas Nash;
Gary Farmer (Dead Man) as Hennepaw Tribal Chief Cawley.
VIPS featured in Season 1 of Graves playing themselves included civil-rights lawyer Gloria Allred, TV journalist Martin Bashir, politician Barney Frank, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, TV journalist Joan Lunden, personal trainer/TV personality Jillian Michaels, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and MSNBC political analyst Michael Steele.
Produced by Lionsgate in association with Kingsgate Films, Josh Michael Stern (“Swing Vote,” “Jobs”) is the creator/showrunner, Academy Award® winner Greg Shapiro (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) and Rebecca Kirshner (“90210,” “Gilmore Girls”) are executive producers, Abby Gewanter (“Pushing Daisies”) is supervising producer, and Emmy® Award-winning Bill Hill (“Veep,” “Eastbound & Down”) and Jack Moore (“Dear White People,” “Crowded”) are producers.
Graves made its World Television Premiere on EPIX on Sunday, October 16 at 10pm ET/PT, 9C
The EPIX Original Series Graves, a single-camera dramedy, tells the story of President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), a former two-term POTUS as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. With topics ranging from immigration to gay rights, to foreign policy to public funding for arts and sciences, Graves holds nothing sacred as he unspools some of his administration’s proudest victories. His enlightenment takes place just as his wife Margaret Graves (Sela Ward) decides it’s finally time for her to pursue her own political ambitions. The cast also includes: Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, Callie Hernandez, Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Roger Bart, Angélica Maria, Tania Gunadi and Khotan Fernandez. (TV-MA)
Episode 101 “Evil Good And Good Evil” – Expected to spend his retired years living quietly outside Santa Fe, NM, former President Richard Graves spins out into an existential crisis when he realizes that the policies of his time in office 25 years ago have messed up the country and decides to go on a journey to right his administration’s wrongs. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Ernie Hudson, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Callie Hernandez. Guest stars Rudy Giuliani, Bill Richardson, Joan Lunden and Killian Michael. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. (TV-MA)
Episode 102 “You Started Everything” – The family and staff try unsuccessfully to prevent Graves from finding out that Martin Treadwell, the man who tried to assassinate him 25 years ago, is seeking a furlough to visit his dying mother. Margaret is approached by the Republican Party and invited to launch a Senate campaign, while Isaiah and Olivia get too close for Isaiah’s comfort. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Callie Hernandez. Guest stars Nia Vardalos, Michael Steele and Nora Dunn. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. (TV-MA)
Episode 103 “Nothing Can Come of Nothing” – The family deals with the repercussions of Graves’ unorthodox show of support for Mexican immigrants, and Graves encourages a federal bureaucrat to grant amnesty to a group of illegal immigrants who have sought refuge at his ranch. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell. Directed by Bob Balaban. (TV-MA)
Episode 104 “That Dare Not Speak” – Graves is forced to acknowledge that his views are on the wrong side of history as he reluctantly attends his speechwriter’s marriage…to another man. Meanwhile, Olivia falls deeper in love with Arturo and Margaret gets a surprising call from an old friend with benefits, tech billionaire Jonathan Dalton. Isaiah tries to prep Jeremy for a local morning news show but he’s more interested in throwing a party. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell. Directed by Bob Balaban. (TV-MA)
Episode 105 “Lions in Winter” – After learning his longtime friend and political ally ex-U.K. Prime Minister Trevor Lloyd is dying of cancer, Graves takes off to see him in Baltimore for one last adventure. Isaiah and Sammy join him, and Isaiah gets a peek behind the curtain when she takes him to visit her family. Olivia enlists Jeremy’s help when she realizes she’s in over her head with Arturo and Margaret finds herself falling into familiar patterns as she and Dalton strategize on her campaign. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell and Callie Hernandez. Guest stars Nia Vardalos, Roger Bart, Alan Dale and Harry Hamlin. Directed by Robert B. Weide. (TV-MA)
Episode 106 “A Tincture of Madness” – Concerned about her husband’s strange behavior, Margaret arranges for a therapist to visit the Graves home and hold a session for the family… that does not go smoothly. While news of Treadwell’s furlough hearing sends Jeremy into an adrenaline-fueled rage, Olivia acts out over her impending divorce. Sammy and Isaiah grow closer as she fights with her deadbeat boyfriend. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell and Callie Hernandez. Guest stars Ernie Hudson and Nia Vardalos. Directed by Robert B. Weide. (TV-MA)
Episode 107 “Hunter or Savage” – Graves tries to rectify mistakes he made dealing with Native American groups during his presidency, and Isaiah’s burgeoning relationship with Sammy becomes collateral damage during the adventure. Jeremy speaks at Treadwell’s furlough hearing and makes a new friend in the process. Margaret and Olivia give each other the confidence boost they both need: Olivia with her divorce proceedings and Margaret with her decision to run for Senate. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell and Callie Hernandez. Guest stars Ernie Hudson and Dennis Christopher. Directed by Iain B. MacDonald. (TV-MA)
Episode 108 “TV Is The Shepherd” – The family welcomes the America 360 (a 60 Minutes-like new magazine with host Martin Bashir) team into their home for an hour-long special on Graves’ post-presidential life. While presenting themselves as a picture-perfect family, Olivia discovers she’s pregnant as Jeremy’s burgeoning career as a political commentator – built on spiteful comments he made on air about his father – begins to heat up. Pushed to his limits by the family’s shenanigans, Isaiah makes a decision about his future. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell. Guest stars Roger Bart, Ernie Hudson, Angélica Maria, Tania Gunadi, Khotan Fernandez, Martin Bashir and Harry Hamlin and Directed by Iain B. Macdonald. (TV-MA)
Episode 109 “Through a Glass Gravely” – With Christmas around the corner, Graves travels across state lines to convince Isaiah to come back to his staff. Olivia calls Jeremy for help during an unexpected, life-changing crisis. Margaret sets up her campaign office and discovers that her kooky opponent may be more of a challenge than she’d anticipated. Treadwell visits his mother during his supervised furlough. Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell. Guest stars Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Chris Elliot, Angélica Maria, Dennis Christopher, Roger Bart, Tania Gunadi, Khotan Fernandez, Conor Leslie, Wyatt Nash, Kathy Najimy and Jerry Lambert and Directed by Frank Coraci. (TV-MA)
Episode 110 “Not Giants, But Windmills” – At a Republican convention, Graves enlists Isaiah’s help to quell dangerous rumors about Margaret’s relationship with Jonathan Dalton. Margaret manages infighting among her team as she prepares to officially announce her candidacy at the convention. Olivia and Jeremy feel the pressure as the FBI starts asking questions about their connection to Arturo. Treadwell escapes his security escort and leaves his mother’s hospital room on a mission.Stars Nick Nolte, Sela Ward, Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke and Chris Lowell. Guest stars Nia Vardalos, Ernie Hudson, Chris Elliot, Angélica Maria, Dennis Christopher, Roger Bart, Tania Gunadi, Conor Leslie, Harry Hamlin and Jerry Lambert and Directed by Iain B. Macdonald. (TV-MA)
Official Teaser: https://youtu.be/XiwQHZmYL9g
First Look Clip: https://youtu.be/WroVd6NfdWg
Graves Crusader: https://youtu.be/yxifKrMmwzE
Graves Enlightened: https://youtu.be/ZQThMuPLQTs
Mommie’s Little Girl: https://youtu.be/CUcNXKj633I
High Times: https://youtu.be/71UhTyBNnIs
The Pitch: https://youtu.be/dpzzvyxwAbE
Family Dinner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZP61egsffc
Old vs. New President: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTNJhcmChrU
Graves’ Guests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOSVWSoynFU