Donald Faison is trading his scrubs for a lab coat.
The Scrubs alum has joined the cast of The CW’s Powerpuff live-action pilot from writers Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier. (The project is now formally called Powerpuff, dropping the “Girls” from the original’s title.)
Ordered to pilot last month, the drama is based on the beloved Cartoon Network series and revolves around the Powerpuff Girls, who used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now they’re disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever?
Faison will play Professor Drake Utonium, who is described as the quirky, debonair and narcissistic scientific genius who is immensely proud of the three extraordinary girls he created in his lab. Staring down a midlife crisis, he is determined to repair his relationships with his now-adult daughters.
Dove Cameron (Liv & Maddie), Chloe Bennet (Agents of SHIELD) and Yana Perrault (Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill) star as Bubbles Utonium, Blossom Utonium and Buttercup Utonium, respectively.
Based on the original Cartoon Network animated series and characters created by Craig McCracken, Regnier (Veronica Mars, Sleepy Hollow) and Cody (Juno) will pen the script. The duo will exec produce the Warner Bros. TV entry alongside Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions banner partner Sarah Schechter and TV president David Madden. Maggie Kiley also exec produces and will direct the pilot.
Faison’s credits include Emergence, Generation Q and Scrubs. He currently co-hosts podcasts Fake Doctors Real Friends with Scrubs pal Zach Braff. He’s repped by UTA and Fuller Law.