There's been a slew of 30-something 1980s stars getting brand-new series lately. There's Alicia Silverstone of The Babysitter
fame landing the pilot, Bad Mother's Handbook
. For a while it seemed Beverly Hills 90210
beauty, Jennie Garth
, would star in another pilot called My Best Friend's Girl
until she bailed after a table read.
The latest is Jerry O'Connell
, who has just been tapped to play the lead opposite Clean House
's Niecy Nash in The Inn
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Yes, O'Connell is leaving his Carpoolers
days on ABC behind in order to manage The Inn
for FOX. And that's exactly what his onscreen duties are going to be – manager of the swanky New York hotel that provides the backdrop for the coming new sitcom.
O'Connell first achieved fame and recognition as the chubby Vern Tessio in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's novella, The Body
, re-titled Stand By Me
. He then went on to star in his first television series, as a teenager who accidentally becomes a reluctant superhero in My Secret Identity
In 1995, the then 20-something O' Connell starred in a new series that went on to become a cult favorite. Sliders
catapulted him to newfound star status as scientific protégé Quinn Mallory. The show also starred Kari Wuhrer and John Rhys-Davies. A few years after his stint ended on Sliders
, O'Connell joined the ensemble cast of crime-solving drama, Crossing Jordan
, opposite Jill Hennessy
in the title role. Last year, he wound up as one of the guys on Carpoolers
In his upcoming new comedy, the now 34-year old actor co-stars with Reno 911
's Niecy Nash, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Molly Stanton, Jolene Purdy and Brandon Eaton in what has been touted as an upstairs/downstairs look at life in a ritzy Big Apple hotel.
Stay tuned for further developments and announcements on the premiere date of The Inn
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of ABC)