"ER" star Mekhi Phifer has joined The CW's "Frequency" reboot as Lt. Satch DeLeon. The Hollywood Reporter describes the character as a "surrogate father" to the show's protagonist.
In the original, Jim Caviezel played a homicide detective who uses a ham radio to make contact with his late father Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) exactly 30 years in the past, on the day before he dies in a warehouse fire. The two end up working together to solve a murder in two different time periods.
The CW veteran Riley Smith will step into Quaid’s role for the reboot, which centers on a female police detective named Raimy who discovers she’s able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father, who died in 1996. DeLeon, who was played by Andre Braugher in the original film, was Frank's best friend and looked over Raimy after her father passed away.
Phifer is also known for his roles in "8 Mile," "Dawn of the Dead" and "Insurgent."
Written and executive produced by “Supernatural” alum Jeremy Carver, “Frequency” was original targeted for NBC.