March 06, 2013 4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Entourage's' Kevin Connolly to Star in CBS' James Van Der Beek Comedy
Kevin Connolly is joining a new entourage.
The Entourage alum has joined the cast of CBS' comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, marking his first series gig since the HBO comedy ended its eight-season run in 2011.
The multicamera comedy revolves around a group of six thirtysomething friends who each thinks the other has it better. Connolly will star as Bobby Lutz, a gynecologist, devoted husband and modern father.
More of a girls' guy than a guys' guy, Bobby's a former nerd who is now cute in an academic way with three kids who consume every second of his time but is somewhat jealous of the fact that his best friend Will (Apartment 23's James Van Der Beek) is dating 25-year-old models who want to have sex all the time.
Dana Klein (Friends) will write and exec produce alongside Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan with prolific director James Burrows on board to helm the 20th Television pilot. Brooklyn Decker and Rick Donald co-star.
In addition to his eight-season turn as Eric Murphy on Doug Ellin's HBO comedy Entourage, Connolly's credits include the features Hotel Noir, Secretariat, The Ugly Truth and He's Just Not That Into You. He's repped by CAA, 3 Arts and Morris Yorn.
Connolly's casting comes a day after his former onscreen Entourage love interest Emmanuelle Chriqui joined the cast of CBS' drama pilot The Ordained, bringing E and Sloan back together at the network.
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