Matt Lauria is heading back to his old Friday Night Lights turf, landing the co-lead opposite Frank Grillo in DirecTV’s mixed martial arts drama series Navy St., TVLine has learned exclusively.
The project, which received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from DirecTV over the summer, is being billed as a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in Venice, California. The series, coincidentally, has drawn comparisons to FNL, which completed its five-year run on the satellite giant.
Another coincidence? The character Lauria is playing shares something in common with his Parenthood alter ego — they’re both named Ryan.
Navy St.‘s Ryan is a former three-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State and an ex-Olympian. This is the guy that, when he walks down the street, guys are intimidated by and every girl wants to go home with. Five years ago Ryan was on top of the world — UFC light heavyweight champ, cocky, invincible – he had money, fame and a spiraling addiction to Ketamine that ended in him going to prison. But when he shows up at Alvey’s (Grillo) gym, he is a changed man, humbled. Except his ex, Lisa (played by Kiele Sanchez) sees right through him. He’s a manipulator, always playing an angle. But Alvey sees dollar signs because Ryan is just the kind of superstar that can change the fortunes of a struggling gym.
Lauria, meanwhile, is set to reprise his role as The Other Ryan in the final two episodes of Parenthood‘s current fifth season.
According to TV Line, Matt is back in this season penultimate episode (5x21) and maybe in the season finale (as well as Sarah Ramos).
And bonus, we’re gonna meet Ryan’s mom!
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"Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose."
On set of an episode of the webserie It Could be Worse with Smash ladies Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty and Steven Tylor OConnor
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@MattLauria: Thanks to the greatest fans ever, we won!! (I think…-haven’t heard the final word yet).
This is me watching Parenthood lately.
@Matthew Atkison: Don’t worry, after shooting tonight’s Parenthood conflict me and Matt Lauria worked it out.
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