A&E orders season of new crime drama.

On Thursday, A&E announced they have ordered 13 episodes of SUGARLOAF.

SUGARLOAF stars Australian Matt Passmore (LAST MAN STANDING, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS) as Jim Longworth, a former Chicago homicide detective. Jim is described as “attractive, brilliant, yet hard to get along” and, after being accused of sleeping with the wife of his former captain, finds himself leaving Chicago, looking to start anew.

He ends up in the Florida gulf coast town of Sugarloaf. A resort town that appears quiet and peaceful. But since this is a television drama, the town is not as sleepy as it appears.

“Matt Passmore brings a fresh face and a vibrant presence to the American television landscape in this series,” said Tana Nugent Jamieson, Senior Vice President, Drama Programming, A&E Network. “Sugarloaf is an exciting character driven series that marries the gritty style of a police procedural with the blue-sky backdrop of rural Florida. It’s pure entertainment that will complement the network’s current line-up of hit Real-Life series and off-net dramas.”

Also starring in Sugarloaf is Kiele Sanchez (LOST, A PERFECT GETAWAY) as Callie, a med student witha 12 year-old son and a husband in prison. Anyone want to place a bet on whether or not that results in an eventual showdown? Also on boad is Carlos Gomez (SLEEPER CELL, SHARK) as Carlos, the medical exaimner and golf buddy of Mr. Jim.

The series comes from Fox Television Studios (WHITE COLLAR, BURN NOTICE) with Clifton Campbell (WHITE COLLAR, 21 JUMP STREET) and Gary Randall (SAVING GRACE) acting as show runners.

Plans are for SUGARLOAF to debut this summer.