Greg Grunberg believes that if his career path is any indication, his next series should be a big hit.
The “Heroes” alum stays with NBC next season for the romantic anthology “Love Bites,” but when he filmed the pilot episode — which gives him a very close encounter with guest star Jennifer Love Hewitt (playing herself) on an airplane — it was only a one-time deal, since the network hadn’t yet canceled “Heroes.”
“I was not a series regular on ‘Felicity’ at the beginning,” Grunberg tells Zap2it. “I couldn’t be a regular on ‘Alias’ at first because I was still on ‘Felicity’ at the time; I just handed [Jennifer Garner] a pen in the pilot. On ‘Lost,’ I got blown up or the Smoke Monster ate me or whatever. With ‘Heroes,’ I did the pilot, then I was cut out of it, then my story changed drastically.
“It’s never been a clear path for me, so ‘Love Bites’ has the makings of a hit show! My nickname has been Lucky Charm Grunberg. It’s just one of those things where if I keep my mouth shut, I know it’s all going to work out.”
Grunberg will be seen first opposite Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy”) in the fact-based Lifetime movie “Bond of Silence” Monday, Aug. 23. “Love Bites” has been pushed back from fall to a midseason start by the pregnancy of fellow star Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), and the new show has had its share of changes already.
Constance Zimmer (“Entourage”) has been added as Grunberg’s wife in place of Pamela Adlon, who remains attached to Showtime”s “Californication,” and Jordana Spiro had to leave “Love Bites” due to her ongoing commitment to the TBS sitcom “My Boys.”
“TBS didn’t let her go to the upfronts for NBC,” Grunberg says of Spiro, “but she was in New York, and we all had dinner. She’s fantastic. I’ve gotta say that I was so bummed when we found out about [her leaving the show]. This show has been in such flux, but my career’s always been that way.”
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