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Jerry O'Connell locks post-'Mockingbird Lane' gig

Veteran actor to join Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub in CBS sitcom

By Sona Charaipotra Jan 3, 2013 11:43AM
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With his commitment to NBC's "Mockingbird Lane" wrapped up -- since the network dug a grave for the pilot last week -- TV veteran Jerry O'Connell locks in another pilot deal this week, this time with CBS and "How I Met Your Mother" executive producer Rob Greenberg.

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O'Connell, whose TV history includes gigs on "Sliders," "Crossing Jordan," "Ugly Betty" (where he guested with wife Rebecca Romijn) and the short-lived "The Defenders," was set to play Henry Munster on "Mockingbird Lane." 
Instead, according to, he has been cast as the fourth major player on an untitled CBS comedy penned by Rob Greenberg ("How I Met Your Mother," "Frasier"). Actors Chris Smith ("Fake It Til You Make It," "Paranormal Activity 3"), Kal Penn ("24," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") are already on board.

The single-camera comedy, previously titled "Ex-Men," centers on four buddies living in a short-term rental apartment building, where the three older men take a 20-something (Smith) under their wing. O'Connell's character, Stuart, is described as a feisty conservative OB/GYN who's splitting from a second wife. 
Jan 4, 2013 7:08AM
I think anything with Jerry O'Connell and Tony Shalhoub will be great. I love them both! Great actors.
Jan 4, 2013 7:05AM
Didn't Jerry O'Connell also star in "My Secret Identity" when he was young?
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