Christopher Meloni Joins Fox's ‘I Suck at Girls’ Adaptation

"Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni will play a straight-talking oncologist who's forced to take a more active role in his children's lives

Fresh off a guest-starring run as vampire Roman Zimojic in HBO's "True Blood," Christopher Meloni is ready to "Suck" again — this time for Fox.

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"Law & Order: SVU" star Meloni has been cast in an adaptation of Justin Halpern's book "I Suck at Girls," which has received a pilot order from Fox.

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The untitled project, which is being written and executive produced by Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, is about a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google.

Meloni will play Jack Dunlevy, a straight-talking ex-military man and an oncologist who "talks to everyone like they're 75 years old and dying of cancer," the network said. Dunlevy's habit has been to go to work early, come home late, yell at his kids and go to bed, but he's forced to take a more active role in his kids' lived after his wife enrolls in law school.

Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are also executive producing the half-hour, single-camera comedy, which comes from the Doozer production company in association with Warner Bros. Television. 

Victor Nelli ("GCB," "Wilfred") is directing.