Exclusive: The Middle's Neil Flynn Wrestles Role In Fox's New Chris Meloni Comedy Surviving Jack

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Neil Flynn Surviving JackLeave it to Bill Lawrence to get rival networks to make peace, not war.

The überproducer has successfully lobbied ABC to let The Middle‘s Neil Flynn moonlight on his new Fox comedy Surviving Jack, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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On Jack — which stars Law & Order: SVU vet Chris Meloni as a suburban dad who becomes a full-time parent when his wife decides to go to law school — Flynn will appear in one episode playing a high-school wrestling coach who butts heads with Meloni’s title character.

Lawrence and Flynn, of course, worked together for nearly a decade on Scrubs.

Surviving Jack is currently warming Fox’s bench in anticipation of a midseason launch.



Comments (12)

  • Is he recurring or a one-time guest appearance?

    Comment by alistaircrane – October 21, 2013 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Probably a guest appearance. Remember, he’s a regular on The Middle.

      Comment by Zach – October 21, 2013 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This won’t affect The Middle will it?

    Comment by Babybop – October 21, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • couldn’t be more excited for the premiere! (as well as bill’s other 2 premiere’s!)

    Comment by j – October 21, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The article says he will appear in one episode

    Comment by Keith – October 21, 2013 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Glad you caught that too! I was beginning to think I was the only one who READ the article! :)

      Comment by CMLane – October 25, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Neil Flynn, still think of him as the janitor. does anyone remember what his name was on Scrubs or did it never become known.

    Comment by Ethel – October 21, 2013 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • in the series finale he told J.D. his name was Glenn Mathews, but then someone walked by later and called him by a difference name

    Comment by Scott – October 21, 2013 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • IIRC, Bill Lawrence confirmed his name is Glenn Matthews.

      Comment by Zach – October 21, 2013 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good news: Meloni returning to TV: GREAT NEWS: Meloni doing a comedy! YES!!! (see also: Wet, Hot American Summer, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Fear & Loathing)

    Comment by Christian Wieneke – October 21, 2013 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t forget his appearance on Scrubs, Harold and Kumar, and the various comedic bits in SVU (my favorites being the Master Baiter, the courtroom scene from the pilot, and the part where he pretends to be high on mushrooms).

      Comment by Zach – October 21, 2013 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We love Neil Flynn! Does the role on Saving Jack require that he lose weight? He’s looking a little skinny on Middle!

    Comment by LAFranklin – October 30, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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