Exclusive: Michael Rosenbaum Confirmed for Full-Time Sitcom Gig

And now, some news that is breaking in more ways than one: TVLine has confirmed that TV viewers will be getting a double helping of Michael Rosenbaum this spring, now that the actor — on top of his Smallville encore — has been booked for all seven episodes of the new Fox comedy Breaking In.

Rosenbaum cameos in the comedy’s pilot as Dutch, the “enterprising” (he peddles clean urine) boyfriend of Odette Yustman’s sexy safecracker. Producers were so pleased with the performance — as well as the character’s potential — that they set out to include him in the entire freshman run of episodes, which kicks off Wednesday, April 6

Production on the six remaining episodes began Monday in Los Angeles.

Breaking In stars Christian Slater as Oz, the head of a team of counter-security experts. Bret Harrison (Reaper) plays a new recruit who immediately is attracted to Yustman’s Melanie. As such, “We’re thinking about bringing Dutch into the office and making him a part of the team, and maybe play out that triangle a little bit,” exec producer Doug Robinson told me in January.

Watch a trailer for Breaking In here; Rosenbaum shows at the 1:05 mark:

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Also on the romantic front: Alyssa Milano (Charmed) appears in Episode 2 as Oz’s ex-wife, a potentially recurring role.

Yes, but what about Rosie’s return to Smallville for the two-hour series finale airing May 13? Fret not, superfriends: Rosenbaum wrapped his scenes last week in Vancouver, so you’ll get your long-awaited Lex appeal as planned.

Breaking In will air Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c, leading out of American Idol.