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Ben Affleck to Direct and Produce TV Pilot for Fox

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Fox network announced on Friday that Ben Affleck will executive produce and direct the television  pilot episode of 'The Middle Man,' with production set to begin in early 2014.

Writer Glenn Gordon Caron, of 'Moonlighting' and 'Medium' fame, scripted the 60's Boston crime saga that delves into the Irish-American mob.

'The Middle Man' looks into the unique relationship between an FBI agent charged with taking down the Italian-American mafia, and his confidential informant, an Irish-American gangster.

Affleck received critical acclaim last year with the box office successful of 'Argo,' a well-received film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.  He directed, produced and starred in the historical drama thriller based on the true story during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

Many considered it a travesty that the Academy of Arts and Sciences didn't nominate him in the Best Director category.  Respected director Quentin Tarantino said at the time, "I feel sorry for Ben Affleck.  He really deserved it and I think we all thought he was going to get it."

The A-list actor is married to actress Jennifer Garner and they have three children; Violet, 7,  Seraphina, 4, and Samuel, 1.

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