Nickelodeon Taps Hot Comedian for 'School of Rock' Lead

Tony Cavalero will take on the role played by Jack Black in the feature
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Tony Cavalero

Nickelodeon has found its new School of Rock star.

Actor-comedian Tony Cavalero will take on the role of Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black in the movie, in its upcoming live-action TV series, the network announced Thursday.

Cavalero, who is currently a member of L.A.'s improv comedy troupe The Groundlings, has had roles in Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Hart of Dixie and Adam Devine's House Party. He stars as a series regular in the Glamour web series The Single Life and in the WB/Maker Studios web series Robin Banks and the Bank Roberts.

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The new School of Rock, which has secured a 13-episode straight-to-series pickup, will follow the same premise and revolve around the adventures and misadventures of Dewey Finn (Cavalero), a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock 'n' roll.  

"I am so honored to be part of the rad legacy that is School of Rock," Cavalero said. "Jack Black is one of my biggest comedy influences and I am ready to shred!"

The live-action School of Rock, from Paramount TV and marking its first foray into kids TV, will air on Nickelodeon early 2015. Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein, My Family) are on board as writers, executive producers and showrunners. Original School of Rock director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin will return to executive  produce the Nick series.

Cavalero is repped by Gersh, Truhett/Garcia Management and attorneys Cindy Farrelly Gesner and James Feldman.

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