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

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.

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  1. alistaircrane says:

    Is he recurring or a one-time guest appearance?

  2. Babybop says:

    This won’t affect The Middle will it?

  3. j says:

    couldn’t be more excited for the premiere! (as well as bill’s other 2 premiere’s!)

  4. Keith says:

    The article says he will appear in one episode

  5. Ethel says:

    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.

  6. Scott says:

    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

  7. 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)

    • Zach says:

      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).

  8. LAFranklin says:

    We love Neil Flynn! Does the role on Saving Jack require that he lose weight? He’s looking a little skinny on Middle!