When last we heard, the upcoming Vince Gilligan created/David Shore run CBS drama, Battle Creek, had found its director in the form of X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Bryan Singer. The choice made sense as Singer had previously directed the pilot of Shore’s last hit series, House. But today’s new on who will lead the drama comes will a much less sense of explanation, and a more heightened sense of curiosity.
According to Deadline, Transformers star Josh Duhamel will play FBI agent Milton Chamberlain opposite Dean Winters as Detective Russ Agnew. The series will follow the two as they work to clean-up “the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek” despite having different world views. “Duhamel’s Milton is a clean-cut FBI agent; a sincere, humble, even naive guy who heads from Detroit to Battle Creek to set up a satellite FBI office.”
So there you have it, and actually, it’s not that bad. Say what you will about Transformers, but when it comes to TV, Duhamel can bring the goods. He was by far the most entertaining part of his last series regular role, Danny McCoy on Las Vegas. There should be no doubt that Duhamel is capable of pulling this off, and with Dean Winters and Kal Penn by his side, the one screen talent on this direct-to-series drama is shaping up to be just as good as the off-screen group.