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For nine seasons, primetime TV was a regular home for actor Josh Radnor, who is probably known to most as Ted Mosby from CBS' hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. His most recent project was just cancelled yesterday, and it's seemingly no coincidence Radnor already has another project in the pipeline. Both Radnor and theatre star Damon J. Gillespie have been cast in the NBC drama pilot dubbed Drama High.
Drama High, which has a pair of super-talented and soon-to-be-mentioned people behind it, is based on the inspirational life of renowned drama teacher Lou Volpe, and it's taken from the book of the same name, as written by one of Volpe's former students, Michael Sokolove. In what sounds like it'll be about as feel-good of a drama as you can get on TV, The show will center on Radnor as the passionate and outside-the-box thinker Lou Volpe, who was leading an okay life in Pennsylvania as a teacher, husband and father of three, when he decided to throw caution into the wind by stepping in as head of his school's drama department.
Once Volpe takes over, it's exactly the spark that was needed, and it's not just the drama department that feels the energy. The entire working class community is completely taken in by the hard-working and goal-conquering family man. We can probably expect to see some non-heartwarming material in there, but it's kind of nice to hear such a good-natured pitch like this.
Damon J. Gillespie's only TV credit to date is as a boy band member for the hilarious Inside Amy Schumer sketch about her not needing to wear makeup. For Drama High, it'll be obvious why this casting happened, as Gillespie will play the town's high school football star who crushes both on the field and at life by taking care of his sick mother. And it isn't until he finds his talent on the stage that he realizes life isn't as locked-in as he thought it was. The two newly cast actors join the previously announced Rosie Perez, Shannon Purser, Auli'i Cravalho and Rarmian Newton.
The creative team behind Drama High is Jason Katims, best known for creating Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and Jeffrey Seller, the Tony-winning producer of Hamilton (among other things). Katims wrote the pilot, so you know it's going to have some great moments. Can we get Connie Britton involved now?
It appears Josh Radnor just isn't interested in returning to comedy again soon, having already followed up How I Met Your Mother's poorly received finale with a role in the PBS drama Mercy Street, which was cancelled after two seasons. This sounds like the kind of show that, if ordered to series and paired with This Is Us, could get a lot of people's feelings moving around. While waiting to see what happens next, check out our midseason premiere schedule for all the shows left to premiere in early 2017.