Zach Cregger Wins Lead Role on 'Friends With Benefits'

Fran Kranz is out and Zach Cregger is in on 'Friends with Benefits,' a midseason sitcom from NBC. According to,

"My characters a nerd who made a ton of money off his smarts but can't figure out the basics of romance," says Cregger, when reached by e-mail by TVSquad. "He's a total spazz and he's gonna be really fun to play."

Kranz, who played Topher Brink in 'Dollhouse,' played the role in the pilot. He reported on his Twitter account on May 15, "[sic]nbc picked up friends with benefits but not me. I was fired.'

Another of the show's leads, Ian Reed Kesler (former of 'The Loop') was replaced by Andre Holland, who recently had a bit part in 'Damages.'

Cregger is a founding member of the New York City-based sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U' Know. The troupe's self-titled TV show began its fourth season on IFC in June, and airs Fridays at 10 PM. Cregger also wrote, directed, and starred in the feature film 'Miss March' with fellow Whitest Kid Trevor Moore.

The Kids are in the midst of shooting for season five, and Cregger says 'Friends with Benefits' won't interfere with that. "I'll keep doing whitest kids for sure," he says. "Were planning a tour this November and I plan on being there."

Shooting for 'Friends with Benefits' starts in October.

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Jul 25, 2010 6:44AM EDT

In my opinion this is a MASSIVE mistake, saw this guy in miss March or whatever it was called and thought he was average. On the other hand Fran has been awesome in everything i have seen him do! to be honest Fran was going to be the only reason i watched the show and looked pretty good in the trailer for this show. your loss NBC!

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Sep 6, 2010 4:05PM EDT

Totally agree with you, zoom180! Without Fran it's gonna be a total crap. Nah, no sense in watching it anymore.

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