Chris McDonald (Boardwalk Empire) has joined Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life. He replaces James Caan, who was originally cast in the role but exited after the table readFantasy Life was written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by top fantasy sports expert, ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When hard-working Mitch (Kevin Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. McDonald will play the tough and humorless Chuck, a legendary ex-football player/coach who’s on Mitch’s new team working on Fox’s fantasy football league show. Chuck doesn’t get fantasy football since he played real football and suffered real pain, however, Mitch eventually impresses him, and the former football star is willing to work with him. Vanessa Williams co-stars.

McDonald, repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gersh, will next be seen in the high-profile History miniseries Texas Rising and features The Squeeze, Daughter Of God and A Conspiracy On Jekyll Island.