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'Battle Creek': Kal Penn cast in Vince Gilligan detective drama

Kal Penn is the first actor to be cast in CBS’ Battle Creek, a detective drama from Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore, EW has confirmed.

This marks a reunion for Penn — best known for the Harold & Kumar movies — and Shore, who worked together on House from 2007 to 2012. While the series will focus on the relationship between a detective and an FBI agent in Battle Creek, Michigan, Penn plays a different detective who bumps heads with the fed.

Battle Creek is set to debut in the fall on CBS. The casting news was first reported by Deadline.

Kal Penn cast in ABC comedy pilot

Kal Penn could be returning to a regular TV series role.

The Harold & Kumar and House actor has landed a role in ABC’s comedy pilot Prairie Dogs.

The show is a single camera sitcom from Jackie and Jeff Filgo (That ’70s Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine) about a lowly cubicle worker named Neil (Penn) who has his identity stolen, only to like the fake life he’s been given more than the boring one he was living. He enlists a con man to help him change his life.

Penn left his role on House to work for the Obama administration in 2009, then last year returned to Hollywood. He recently had a recurring role on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Penn joins the previously cast Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) in the ABC pilot.

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