'True Blood' Actor Cast in 'How I Met Your Mother' Creators' New Series
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Joe Manganiello hasn't even made his True Blood debut as werewolf Alcide Herveaux and yet he's already been cast on another show. The 33-year-old actor has booked one of the lead roles on Livin' on a Prayer, a CBS pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.

Manganiello, who has appeared on several episodes of How I Met Your Mother, will play Doug, a former high-school football star turned "good-guy" husband and father, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bays and Thomas co-created the pilot with How I Met Your Mother writers Kourtney Kang and Joe Kelly.

Livin' on a Prayer will be shot in the same style of How I Met Your Mother. It's about a couple who are dating and their group of friends living in Pittsburgh.

Manganiello, the first actor to be cast on Livin' on a Prayer, has recently appeared as Owen Morello on One Tree Hill. He played Officer Litchman on ER, starred as Solomon Cortez on American Heiress and played Flash Thompson in Spider-Man 3.

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