Lauria - who played football at , and briefly taught physical education at the LHS - is Jack Sullivan, the father, in the new sitcom, Sullivan and Son, which premiered last Thursday night on the cable network.
Steve Byrne plays the 'Son,' Steve Sullivan, who's a successful corporate attorney from New York.
In the first episode he brings his girlfriend home to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for his father's 60th birthday and learns his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Lauria's character), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long), are preparing to sell the multi-generational family business, a bar known as Sullivan and Son.
He decides to leave New York behind, buy the bar from his parents and the keep it in the family. It's from that point of view the show takes place.
Veteran actor Lauria - who made his debut on the soap opera One Life to Live, and has gone on to star in films including Independence Day, on as the title character in Lombardi and in numerous guest roles on TV series including Smallville, Criminal Minds, Harry's Law, Nurse Jackie, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: LA, CSI, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and, this Summer, TNT's new series Perception - is joined by several other veteran actors.
Specifically, Christine Ebersole and Brian Doyle-Murray join , Byrne and Long. Valerie Azlynn, Vivian Bang and Owen Benjamin round out the cast.