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'The Closer' Star Lands Role in ABC Pilot Deadline

"The Closer" star J.K. Simmons has been tapped for a co-starring role in ABC's comedy pilot "White Van Man," reports Deadline.com.

The blue-collar comedy is based on a British show and tracks a man, played by Kyle Bornheimer, who is forced to take over his family's handyman business, the story says. Simmons will play his father.

On "The Closer," Simmons played Chief Will Pope since the show's pilot. Available for the first time since "The Closer" is ending its seven-season run on TNT, Simmons was offered multiple pilots but wanted to do a comedy, the piece notes.