After deciding Bryan Greenberg just did not have the chops to pursue a role in a lighthearted comedy after acting in the much darker dramedy How to Make it in America on HBO, CBS has wasted no time in recasting Greenberg’s former role. Today, the eye network signed on Bent’s David Walton to play the lead in the still-untitled Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins joint project.

Despite soft ratings, since new spring series Bent has not been cancelled by NBC, there is still a good chance Walton won’t be the leading man in the Berlanti/Malins pilot, either. Although Deadline does not expect to see Bent in the lineup next year, since Walton is formally attached to the project, it will still have to be the actor’s first choice until NBC says otherwise. Either way, however, Walton seems to be in a pretty good position as far as roles go in the upcoming TV season.

If Greenberg was not ideal to play a witty womanizer named Nick who learns he is in love with his business partner in the Berlanti/Malins pilot, Walton should be perfect. On Bent, Walton plays a renovator who also happens to be a witty and helpless womanizer that is trying to get his act together with relationships. I can totally see how CBS would feel the man is perfect for the new gig.

TV Blend will keep you posted on whether Walton continues to costar on NBC with Amanda Peet, or heads over to CBS to star opposite Joanna Garcia-Swisher, should the pilot go to series.

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