Heroes alum Greg Grunberg cast in recurring role on The Flash

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Nov 21, 2016, 11:42 AM EST (Updated)

Heroes alum and J.J. Abrams’ BFF Greg Grunberg has landed a recurring role on The CW’s speedy superhero series The Flash.

According to the good folks over at Mashable, Grunberg has been tapped to play Detective Tom Patterson (which is a return to form of sorts for the actor, who also played a detective on Heroes), and the character will make his debut in next week’s new episode, titled “Killer Frost.” Grunberg seems to be everywhere in the geekdom. Dude even had guest bits in Star Trek and Star Wars (which were helmed by Abrams), as well as starring in the pilot episode of Lost

The character is described as “a gruff, stalwart figure at Central City Police Department, Det. Patterson is unwavering in his commitment to protecting Central City from the dangerous metas that threaten it.” Here’s the episode synopsis for “Killer Frost”

Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) uses her powers to save Barry (Grant Gustin), but as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian (Tom Felton) and battling both The Flash and Vibe (Carlos Valdes). Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) have a heart to heart talk.

The new Season 3 installment will be directed by Kevin Smith, who also happens to be Greg Grunberg's co-host on Geeking Out. This will mark Smith’s second turn behind the camera for The Flash. Last year, the Clerks helmer and massive comic book fan directed one of Season 2’s most acclaimed episodes: “The Runaway Dinosaur.” Smith will also call the shots in an upcoming episode of Supergirl titled “Supergirl Lives,” slated to air on Jan. 16, 2017. As for The Flash’s “Killer Frost” episode, it is set to air on Nov. 22.

What do you think of Greg Grunberg joining the cast of The Flash in a recurring role?

(via Mashable)