'Holding Patterns' has finally found their Chad: he will be played by Nelson Franklin.
Robert Buckley had been cast in the lead role of Chad for the NBC multi-camera sitcom, however Buckly exited the project after the initial table read. This left a major hole in the cast and put 'Holding Patterns' into... into a holding pattern... until now, having cast funnyman Franklin of 'New Girl' fame.
From writer Justin Spitzer, Peter Traugott’s TBD Prods and Universal TV, 'Holding Patterns' is a comedy about a group of friends whose lives are irrevocably altered after they survive a plane crash. These friends each endeavor to break out of their holding patterns in life and pursue new goals. As mentioned above, Franklin plays Chad, Griffin’s (Humphrey Ker from 'The Wrong Door' and 'Live at the Electric') and Leah’s (Chyler Leigh from 'Grey's Anatomy') arrogant, misogynistic friend, now a successful chick-lit author who returns home for the wedding.
'Holding Patterns' biggest name star is Chyler Leigh, who starred in 'Not Another Teen Movie' in 2001 and has reached television success as Dr. Lexie Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy.' Aside from Leigh, the cast is relatively unknown and will be touted as fresh faces for NBC's struggling comedy line up.
Nelson Franklin will soon be seen in the biopic feature film 'jOBS.'