True Blood alum Riley Smith has been cast opposite Eric McCormick and Florence Pugh in Fox’s family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up, the show is set in present-day Studio City, CA and tells the story of a young singer’s (Pugh) path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father Rob (McCormack) — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Smith plays Jax, a hip, sexy, charismatic rocker-dude musician and Rob’s songwriting partner. In addition to his acting career, Smith also is a professional musican and frontman of the band The Life of Riley. Riley, repped by Gersh and Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management, plays Rachel McAdams’ love interest in the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective.