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Exclusive: Ringer's Kristoffer Polaha Joins CBS' Made in Jersey as Series Regular

CBS’ Made in Jersey legal drama is bringing in a Ringer.

Kristoffer Polaha, who played Henry opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar on The CW’s one-and-done mystery series, is now a series regular on the upcoming CBS freshman, TVLine has learned.

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Made in Jersey follows Martina Garretti (played by Human Target’s Janet Montgomery), a working-class Garden State gal who holds her own among the snooty lawyers at Stark & Rowan, a New York law firm. Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) and Donna Murphy (Hack) co-star.

Polaha will play Nolan, a handsome, charming third-year associate at the firm. Though Nolan came of age against a backdrop of private schools and wild getaways in the Hamptons, his dad’s squandering of the family fortune means he doesn’t have much in the bank. Nevertheless, Nolan’s a well-established member of the Manhattan elite.

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Before Ringer, Polaha portrayed slacker dad Nate on The CW’s Life Unexpected. His TV credits also include Mad Men, The CW’s Valentine and Judy Greer’s Miss Guided.

Jersey will run Fridays at 9/8c in the fall, hammocked by CSI: NY and Blue Bloods.

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25 Comments
  1. Stay says:

    uhhh this guy is bad karma. No show survives him long-time. Valentine, ringer etc.
    He is a bit bland but oK and I don’t fall for his mimic.

    • xanderzgirl34@yahoo.com says:

      Have you seen LUX? Guy is very talented. How many shows was Penn Badgley on that failed pre GG? I loved LUX and liked Ringer. Let’s hope CBS is better to him. May tune in for him. Best of luck.

    • Daniela says:

      LOL Now we know the show is going to be canceled. He looks pretty but that’s about it. He’s bad karma!!!

      • MaxxFisher says:

        Bad karma is right. It has nothing to do with the shows sucking. I guess that means we won’t be seeing Mad Men for very much longer.

  2. Magically Suspicious says:

    Love him! I had no interest in this show, but I will add it to my ‘must watch’ list now.

  3. Nicholas says:

    met this guy once. One of the coolest dudes I’ve met. Such a family man and a fun actor to watch. I’ll try to check this one out.

  4. Ally says:

    I like him but still won’t watch Made in Jersey–too procedural for my taste.

  5. Velvet says:

    I really like him but it’s too bad I won’t be watching. I don’t watch legal procedurals and I REFUSE TO WATCH anything about NEW JERSEY. Back in 2008-2009 he was on a show called Valentine with Jamie Murray. I really liked that show.

  6. Gerald says:

    Still have no interest in the show. Now the show is definitely going to get cancelled with him… I mean have you seen his track record with shows? Valentine, Life Unexpected, Miss Guided and Ringer. He seems like a really nice guy but he’s the definition of wooden, he’s so stiff and robotic with his acting.

    • brutony says:

      You forgot about North Shore, a drama about a luxury hotel in Hawaii, that debuted in Fall of ’04, the same time Lost did, which was also filmed in Hawaii. NS didnt last long, esp due to Mr Polemic. Im sure hes a nice guy, and probably beefcake for you ladies-and some men-out there. But acting wise, hes as stiff as one of the surfboards he would frequently use on that late show!

  7. Miffy says:

    He’s better than his track record shows. He’ll never set the world on fire with his acting, but he’s likable and good-looking and natural-enough – a good fit for TV. However, given the type of role this is, I’d suggest a decent haircut and a shave – he looks much better when he’s clean-cut.

  8. Velvet says:

    I don’t believe he is the downfall of any of the shows he’s been on that have been cancelled. Now, Christian Slater is a show killer. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  9. ChrisGa says:

    All I know is he’s one of the most naturally gorgeous men I’ve seen on TV in the last few years. He was a d-bag on Ringer but I still couldn’t take my eyes off him.

  10. Ram510 says:

    He was great in Life Unexpected, but this guy keeps jumping on shows that get cancelled quickly. He’s fun and likable so I’ll try to DVR or OnDemand this show once or twice before Nikita comes back just to see how he does. No gaurantees cause I know I’ll be busy with Grimm (maybe Smackdown here and there). But I’m not excited about this show at all, just another procedural on the Crimes Being Solved network. Like his other shows I don’t expect this one to last long either

    • Cash says:

      Christopher Gorham had the same problem until finally landing Covert Affairs. Not his fault, nor is it Polaha’s, that the shows they were on tanked. Both are excellent actors and good people in real life.

  11. Rebecca says:

    This news makes me miss Life Unexpected

  12. Am i the only person who has never liked him (as an actor obv), for me he was the least likeable character on LUX and then he had similar attitudes in ringer, hes the reason i stopped watching both shows and I was really excited about Made in Jersey!

    • S says:

      No I am TOTALLY with you. I think he is a terrible actor too. Never really seems to convince me he is the character.

      • This guy is one of the worst actors on primetime TV in my opinion too. I’m pretty annoyed that Made in Jersey downgraded the great Stephanie March to recurring status, then hired him of all people as a series regular? Seriously, that’s adding insult to injury as far as I’m concerned.

  13. mia says:

    He was the least appealing actor on Ringer…its kinda a bummer to see he’s the first to get another role.
    .
    Also…it really makes me miss Ringer. Stupid CW.

  14. Ella says:

    Yay! Love him. Glad to hear he’s on a real network, he deserves a steady job. He’s an underrated talent.

  15. Amanda says:

    I’m sorry, but I love this guy. I wasn’t even interested in seeing this show, but I will watch it now, just for Kris Polaha. Loved him on LUX and Ringer. Plus, he just finished filming the movie Old Days in my hometown, and a few of my friends met him and said he was such an amazingly nice guy. All of these shows he has been on were a lot better than some of the ones that have been going for many seasons, but people couldn’t appreciate its amazingness.

    • lorna says:

      Agreed. Have heard a lot about him being nice. He talks to his fans on his facebook page [the fan one]. Very talented esp. in LUX. Looooved that shw, liked Ringer. Wish him well.

  16. GS says:

    I’ve loved him since North Shore…yes I’m one of the few who watched and loved that show. But he doesn’t have good luck. I’m not really interested in any new shows b/c all the ones I like get the axe before they have a chance to get their footing (Ringer, Secret Circle…thank God CBS is bringing back Unforgettable).

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