*Henry Simmons, the 6 ft. 4 hottie best known for his role on “NYPD Blue,” returns to television Tuesday as the perfect “upgrade.”
In other words, he plays the handsome, cocksure boyfriend of a woman whose ex-husband is, well, the exact opposite – short, pasty, unkempt and unsure of himself.
In fact, the whole premise of “Man Up!,” premiering Tuesday at 8:30 on ABC, centers on the insecurity of three men in their 30s (Mather Zickel, Christopher Moynihan and Dan Fogler) who bump up against society’s expectations of what it means to be a man. For example, is it okay for grown-ass men to spend evenings playing video games with each other? Also, are men automatically expected to fight other men who are perceived as threats? Is using hazelnut creamer too effeminate? These are all issues that come up in the pilot. [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]
Simmons’ character Grant serves as the constant reminder of what modern manhood is supposed to look like. It’s an image the three BFFs find both frustrating and annoying.
“He’s just not aware that he’s offending people,” Simmons told EUR exclusively of his character during interviews for the show. “He’s just very confident. When he walks into a room he’s the center of attention. Ladies want to be with him, guys want to be like him.”
“I think Grant is the kind of guy who appears to be perfect,” he continued. “He has harmony in his life, he has balance in his life in terms of family and his career, but there’s something odd about this guy. You see a little bit in the first episode. He’s a little off.”
Without giving up any details, Simmons, 41, says Grant “does something that is just so strange and I can’t explain it. You’ll have to see it. When I was reading it, I was like, ‘Where did that come from?’”
In the bonus audio below, Simmons tells us what it’s like to take on the first comedic TV role of his career. [Scroll down to watch the “Man Up!” trailer and Simmons’ cast commentary.]