Exclusive: Matt Lauria Lands Co-Lead in DirectTV's MMA Drama Series Navy St.

Matt Lauria navy stMatt 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.

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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.

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  1. Great news for Matt Lauria, bad news for those of us who were hoping for a happy ending with Ryan & Amber.

  2. Andrew Hass says:

    That’s great for Matt Lauria for landing that series.As for Parenthood he might still be able to do that too i’m sure.

  3. Elyse says:

    Ok… so what channel would it be on?

    • Boffo the Wonder Sheep says:

      It would only be available to DirecTV subscribers, airing on their Audience channel, or whatever they’re calling it nowadays.

  4. sarah says:

    Happy for Matt.
    If the show only has 10 episodes he could do both shows.
    Wish I had direct tv!

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Glad he’s getting more work. Matt is a good actor.

  6. David says:

    I have direcTV but it still sucks that no one will be writing about it or podcasting due to it’s exclusivity.

  7. jaclyn-kate says:

    Kiele Sanchez is married to Lauria’s former co-star Zach Gilford, maybe that will lead into some more mini FNL reunions?

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