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Friday, July 11, 2008

Scott Bakula: One of TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age'

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TNT announced today that everyone's favorite Quantum Leaper and Minor Leaguer, Scott Bakula, has joined the cast of the upcoming drama "Men of a Certain Age," which sounds suspiciously like a male version of "thirtysomething" with an extra decade thrown in. (Maybe that's because the pilot episode's director, two-time Emmy winner Scott Winant, includes among his credits "thirtysomething.")

Here's the full press release, courtesy the Atlanta-based cable network's media-relations department:

Golden Globe winner Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap") has signed to join Ray Romano and Andre Braugher in TNT’s new character-driven drama pilot “Men of a Certain Age” a wry look at what it means to be a guy approaching mid-life while also exploring the unique bonds of male friendship. The show follows three guys who have been best friends since college. Now in their 40s, they’re finding that life is indeed, as John Lennon once said, “what happens when you’re making other plans.”

Bakula will play Terry, a handsome, intelligent but struggling-to-make-it actor. His character rounds out the trio that also includes Joe (Romano), a slightly neurotic divorced father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer but instead owns and runs a party store, and Owen (Braugher), an overstressed African-American husband and father who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership.

Bakula’s long list of credits includes the acclaimed sci-fi series “Quantum Leap,” for which he won a Golden Globe, and “Enterprise,” the latest entry in the Star Trek universe. He has also played recurring characters on “Murphy Brown” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Bakula’s films include American Beauty, Life as a House and Major League: Back to the Minors. An accomplished musical performer, he has starred in productions of Shenandoah, Three Men Naked from the Waist Down, Romance/Romance, earning a Tony nomination for the latter.

In addition, two-time Emmy winner Scott Winant has signed on to direct the pilot. Winant’s extensive credits include such series as “Huff,” “Canivale,” “Californication” and “thirtysomething.”

“Men of a Certain Age” comes to TNT from Emmy winners Romano and Mike Royce. Romano wrote the pilot script with Royce, who also serves as show runner. The pair are executive-producing the project with Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

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