While the CW lineup announced today at the Television Critics Association executive session skewed heavily toward reality programming, there are still a few scripted programs planned for the network's Fall schedule. One such program is Aliens in America
. No, it's no Sci Fi program, rather a half-hour sitcom about a 16-year-old Pakistani exchange student being hosted by an American family in Wisconsin.
And for fans of another, now-defunct CW show – Gilmore Girls
– this new program will be bringing them a familiar face. Scott Patterson
, who played diner owner Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls
, will be joining Aliens in America
, playing the father of the exchange student's host family.
Patterson's addition is a late one. The pilot of Aliens in America was already shot with actor Patrick Breen in the role of the father, but the producers decided to make a change in order to create a better contrast with the son, Justin, played by Dan Byrd. They said they wanted an actor in the role “where the apple fell a little further from the tree than you might expect and create more conflict and more humor as the series went forward."
Patterson was on contract to remain with Gilmore Girls, but when the show was canceled after the seventh season, his deal gave him the option to be in another series with Warner Bros. Patterson seems pleased with the way things ultimately worked out, saying at the press tour, that “the main attraction was to work with David [Guarascio] and Moses [Port] [the creators of Aliens in America] and stay in the family at the CW.”
Aliens in America has already started to get some positive buzz, so it's possible – if viewers ultimately feel the same way – that Patterson might be able to remain at his CW home for some seasons to come.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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