Is Steve Coogan the next Hugh Laurie? Probably not, but he's certainly following in his footsteps. It was announced on Tuesday that Coogan, the British comedian perhaps best known for his role as the eccentric television personality Alan Partridge on several UK TV shows, has been cast as the lead in the ABC drama pilot 'Doubt.'
'Doubt' is headed up by David Shore, the writer who brought us the long-running FOX medical drama 'House,' which took British comedian and actor Hugh Laurie and made him a staple of American pop culture. Might the same be in store for Coogan?
'Doubt' centers on Vincent (Coogan), a "former cop who's now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife," according to THR. That's quite a few ticks on the antihero checklist.
Of course, I'm not suggesting that 'Doubt' is attempting to follow the 'House' formula, or that Coogan's Vincent will be in any way similar to Laurie's House. But I'm somewhat excited to see Coogan take on the lead role of a network drama; hopefully he'll reach the same levels of success that Laurie did.
'Doubt' is being prepped for the 2013 fall season.