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New Girl's Nelson Franklin Joins NBC Comedy Holding Patterns

Actor Nelson Franklin knows a thing or two about friends-centered ensemble shows, with recent credits including Traffic Light and New Girl. So he may be the perfect man to fill the seat vacated by Robert Buckley among the cast of Justin Spitzer and Peter Traugott's NBC comedy pilot, Holding Patterns.

The multi-camera comedy pilot follows a group of friends whose lives change when they survive a plane crash. Deadline says Franklin will play the role of Chad among the group. He's described as an arrogant, misogynistic guy and a successful chick-lit author who comes home for a wedding. He joins Humphrey Ker and Chyler Leigh, who are set to play Chad's friends, Griffin and Leah. Robert Buckley was originally set to play Chad but exited the role following the table read. Perhaps Franklin will be a better fit.

Franklin was one of the leads in Fox's unfortunately short-lived ensemble comedy Traffic Light, which premiered back in 2011. He also played the recurring role of Nick, the IT (and graphic design) guy at Dunder-Mifflin (Sabre) in The Office. Going back even further than that, his credits include Dollhouse, Party Down and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. More recently, he's recurred as Robby on Fox's New Girl and played the LA Times Reporter in Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film Argo. With his involvement in some very successful projects, Franklin seems like he could be on the verge of stardom. Perhaps he'll find that if things go well for Holding Patterns.

Kelly West
Kelly West

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