'The Big C's' John Benjamin Hickey to Star in CW's 'Blink'

Lesley Goldberg
The Hollywood Reporter
'The Big C's' John Benjamin Hickey to Star in CW's 'Blink'

The Big C co-star John Benjamin Hickey has lined up his follow-up gig.

The actor has been tapped to star in the CW's drama pilot Blink, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The drama revolves around the Trask family, whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when patriarch Greg has a car crash resulting in a coma-like syndrome in which he cannot speak or move but can see and hear all. Narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation.

Hickey, who recently co-starred in Pitch Perfect, will play the father, Greg, who despite being seemingly unconscious for three months, can hear everything going around him and talks back to everyone in his mind. He's got a wry sense of humor and his mind frequently erupts into vivid fantasy sequences featuring his family.  

Mr. Popper's Penguins' Madeline Carroll will play his daughter and frequent visitor, Ari, with Perks of Being a Wallflower's Johnny Simmons and House's Michael Weston co-starring.

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Awkward's Vera Herbert will pen the pilot and executive produce the CBS Television Studios entry alongside Brothers and Sisters' David Marshall Grant and Timberman-Beverly Productions' Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

Hickey co-stars on Showtime's The Big C, which will end its run in April with four hourlong episodes. In addition, he's also earned a Tony win for his starring role in the Broadway performance of The Normal Heart. Repped by Paradigm and the Schiff Co., his credits also include episodes of The New Normal, The Good Wife and Mob Doctor.

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