The exodus of Australian actors bound for Hollywood continues unabated with confirmation that the US network ABC has signed Australian actor Don Hany as the lead in a new medical drama, Warriors.
Hany is one of Australia's most successful television actors, with credits including East West 101, Underbelly, False Witness, Tangle, Offspring and the ABC/HBO co-production Serangoon Road.
He is also one of the stars of the highly anticipated Foxtel miniseries Devil's Playground, a sequel to the critically acclaimed 1976 film of the same name by Fred Schepisi. It will air this year.
At least there is some good news for the swooning fans of Ten's Offspring: Hany will be wearing a stethoscope in his new role. One of his breakthrough roles in Australia was dashing Dr Chris Havel in Offspring.
Warriors is described as being "inspired" by the real-life military hospital, The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
Hany will play a trauma surgeon, George Mann.
Warriors is being produced for ABC by Mandeville TV, a primarily film-focused production company whose past TV credits include the series Monk, and writer Chris Keyser, who is best known as the writer of the critically acclaimed Fox series Party of Five.
It is also being co-produced by ABC's production and distribution arm, ABC Studios.
Australian actors have historically done well in the US pilot season - the February/March period when US studios and networks cast a new crop of TV pilots.
Last year Rachael Taylor, Miranda Otto, Jacki Weaver, Rebel Wilson, Luke Mitchell, Bob Morley, Adelaide Kane, Caitlin Stasey, Toni Collette, Bojana Novakovic, Chris Egan, Meegan Warner, Daniel Henshall, Lincoln Lewis and Luke Bracey all booked high-profile gigs in US television pilots.
Of those 15 actors, at least nine starred in pilots that went into production as a series.