*Brandon Smith has been cast in NBC‘s multi-camera pilot “One Big Happy,” from Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production.

The plot centers on two platonic friends since childhood — a lesbian, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), and her straight male best friend, Luke (Nick Zano) — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life, Prudence.

Smith will play Marcus, a close friend of Luke and a star bowler who supplements his meager income by working at a local bowling alley. He is impressed by Prudence and suggests that Luke “lock it down.”

Next for Smith is Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” where he will play Little Richard.