Exclusive: Greg Grunberg To Headline A&E Pilot

Heroes alum Greg Grunberg is heading to cable as the lead of A&E’s hourlong pilot Big Mike.

In the project, co-produced by Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV, Grunberg will play the title character, a plus-sized detective and a force of nature in the San Diego PD. One of the best in his field, Mike’s greatest challenge in his romantic life.

I hear Grunberg’s casting lifts the contingency on the pilot despite the fact that Grunberg is formally in second position to NBC’s Love Bites. He was upped to a regular on the NBC anthology dramedy after a memorable guest stint in the pilot. But the series — initially scheduled for a fall launch in the Thursday 10 PM slot — has yet to get a premiere date. Even more ominous, its order was recently trimmed from 13 to 9.

There’s Something About Mary co-writers Ed Decter and John Strauss wrote Big Mike and are exec producing with Doug Robinson.