Robert Sean Leonard spent eight years as Dr. James Wilson trying to keep the sanity of “House’s” title character together. Now he will have to work to keep his own sanity intact in an upcoming mini-arc for TNT’s “Falling Skies.”
Leonard will play Roger Kadar, a scientist who lives underneath Charleston (where humans have gathered as a refuge in the second season) where he runs the power grid and has an assortment of pet rats.
This is the first post-“House” role for Leonard, who appeared in “The Outer Limits” in 2000. He will not be the only former television doctor (well, physician assistant) making his way to the series. Gloria Reuben, who co-starred with Noah Wyle in NBC’s “ER,” also is set to make an appearance as well.
Leonard is set for a five-episode arc, but will likely not stick around after that. Leonard is looking for a new series to be a part of, and he’ll be looking at potential pilots while filming his “Falling Skies” episodes.
Reuben, who played HIV-positive Jeanie Boulet in “ER,” will work closely with Wyle as an assistant to his character, Tom Mason, according to Deadline.com. This is the first time Reuben will work on a TNT series since “Raising the Bar” in 2009. It’s also her first genre credit since 1994’s “Time Cop” with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Reuben was nominated for Emmys in 1997 and 1998 for “ER,” losing to “NYPD Blue’s” Kim Delaney in 1997 and Camryn Manheim from “The Practice” in 1998.
“Falling Skies,” which was recently nominated for an Emmy of its own for special effects, was picked up for a third season by TNT in July, and is expected to return next summer. It stars Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Colin Cunningham and Will Patton.