Rupert Penry-Jones Coming to America!

When I heard a couple years ago that Rupert Penry-Jones was leaving the superb British series MI-5 aka Spooks (Netflix it immediately if you’ve never seen it), I was crushed. I adored RPJ as the dashing yet troubled Adam Carter and wondered how they’d do without him. Admittedly, I wondered the same thing when Matthew Macfadyen abandoned ship and RPJ took over and did just fine, if not better. In an early interview not long after starting work on the series, RPJ had said he was grateful to be there and had no plans to go anywhere. So when I heard he was quitting, I thought, “Why?! Don’t be a David Caruso!”

rupert-runningTurns out he had a good reason. According to the Hollywood Reporter, RPJ is coming to America to work for Jerry Bruckheimer! Whoo! He’ll play a former cop leading a bunch of amateur detectives in an ABC pilot. Sounds like he’ll get to do some of the action stuff he was very good at on MI-5 and I’d imagine the pilot has a good chance of getting picked up since hit-machine Bruckheimer is behind it. (For an update on the show, click here.)

While RPJ was on MI-5, I always had to wait two frakkin’ long years after the episodes aired in England before the DVDs became available here. The thought of possibly being able to see him on the tube every week is quite exciting for me. And he’ll join my other favorite guys on TV right now, all of whom just happen to be from overseas: Hugh Laurie (House), Damian Lewis (Life), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords).

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    March 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I, too, am a fan of MI-5, so when I saw your posting about Rupert Penry Jones today, I almost swallowed my muffin whole!

    DETAILS!!! GIVE ME DETAILS!! What’s the name of this pilot? When will it air? OMG, RPJ!!!!


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      March 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

      Ha ha! I hope your thighs stay strong.

      I wish I had more details for you but this is all I know. Even the link in my article to the Hollywood Reporter doesn’t tell you any more. But RPJ could come here and play almost anything (except maybe a woman) and I’d be excited!

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      May 11, 2009 at 7:58 am

      Update: The series now has a title, The Forgotten. ABC’s upfronts won’t be until May 19 but the trades are reporting the pilot has a good chance of getting picked up!

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    March 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Don’t get the thighs reference, but I agree with both of you, Mr. Penry-Jones is a very strong actor and he has no peer in America.

    He would have been a good Henry in Time Traveller’s Wife.

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      March 11, 2009 at 11:28 am

      Oh, yes, BizMan5, quite right! RPJ would’ve made an excellent and beautiful Henry.

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    March 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    So, no title to be on the lookout for? That’s being a bit of a tease if you ask me. (LOL)

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    May 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    my comment is RPJ was just grand on MI-5.. why remove him.. if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.. also it might be better for his family if he stays in England..Hollyweird is not a good place for families… best to you RPJ

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    August 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I am an admirer as well. I think the role I would most like to see him play is Sir Percy Blakeney, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel. He perfectly fits the character description, and he has the talent to play it perfectly.

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