John Ross Bowie, who recurs on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, has booked the male lead opposite Minnie Driver in the ABC comedy pilot Speechless, from Scott Silveri and 20th Century Fox TV.

Speechless centers on a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones. Bowie will play the dad, Jimmy, who, after a long day providing for his family, comes home and provides every last laugh he can wring out of a sometimes difficult life. He is married to Maya (Driver) and clearly adores the wild ride. As the father of three teenage boys, Jimmy tends to let his wife rule the roost, but he’s there as a buffer when either the boys or Maya go off the rails.

ABC LogoActor-comedian Bowie is probably best known for playing Leonard and Sheldon’s rhotacism-afflicted frenemy Barry Kripke on television’s top comedy, The Big Bang Theory, where Bowie has recurred since Season 2. He also is guest starring on Netflix’s Judd Apatow comedy series Love. For ABC and 20th TV, he recently made an appearance on another single-camera family comedy, Fresh Off the Boat. 

Bowie is repped by Pakula/King and Principato/Young.