‘School of Rock’ Nickelodeon Series Finds Jack Black Replacement

Tony Cavalero, a regular at The Groundlings improv theater, will play Dewey Finn

“School of Rock” fans, meet Tony Cavalero, the actor filling Jack Black‘s shoes in Nickelodeon’s upcoming “School of Rock” TV series.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Television announced on Thursday that Cavalero — a regular at Los Angeles improv theater The Groundlings — will play fake substitute teacher Dewey Finn, a character Richard Linklater introduced to audiences in the 2003 comedy hit of the same name.

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Like the movie, the series will follow the down-on-his-luck rocker posing as a teacher to make ends meet, and then ends up sharing his love for rock music with a group of unconventional prep schoolers.

The straight-to-series, 13-episode order, will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida, who will also serve as executive producers and show runners. Linklater will also executive producer alongside Scott Rudin. 
Cavalero has appeared on shows including “Modern Family” and “2 Broke Girls” as a guest star, but is a series regular on two web series: Glamour’s “The Single Life” and in the WB/Maker Studios’ “Robin Banks and the Bank Roberts.”

“I am so honored to be part of the rad legacy that is ‘School of Rock,’” Cavalero said in a statement.  “Jack Black is one of my biggest comedy influences and I am ready to shred!”