Former Saturday Night Live regular Chris Kattan will continue his role on ABC’s new comedy The Middle beyond the pilot.
Kattan, who was billed as a guest star for the pilot, has been promoted to a series regular, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He plays Bob, a good friend of star Patricia Heaton’s character and a colleague at the auto dealership where she works.
The role will be the first regular TV gig for Kattan since he left SNL in 2003. He’s done a bunch of voice work, including in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie and The Year Without a Santa Claus, and has a number of indie film projects in various stages of development and production.
He also stars in the semi-scripted Bollywood Hero, which will air as a three-night event on IFC in August and follows him to India as he’s promised a part in a Bollywood film.
The Middle also stars Neil Flynn (Scrubs) as Heaton’s husband and Eden Sher, Charlie McDermott and Atticus Shaffer as their kids. It’s scheduled to premiere Wednesday, Sept. 30.