Tony Cavalero Tapped To Star In `School Of Rock’

Nickelodeon and Paramount Television has signed actor/comedian Tony Cavalero to star in Nickelodeon’s new series School Of Rock, said network officials.

Cavalero, who has guest starred in such series as Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls, will take on the lead role of Dewey Finn, portrayed by Jack Black in the 2003 movie of the same name.

School of Rock, which is set to air on Nickelodeon early 2015, will follow a group of prep schoolers who are taught by Finn the joy of rock ‘n’ roll.

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