According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manganiello will play a former high school football star and husband in "Livin' on a Prayer," created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. The CBS pilot focuses on an unmarried couple and their friends in Pittsburgh.
Manganiello will play Alcide Herveaux in the upcoming third season of "True Blood." He appeared in multiple episodes of "How I Met Your Mother," which probably put him on Thomas and Bays' radar.
In other CBS pilot casting, James Murray ("Primeval") will appear in the Brett Ratner-directed "Chaos," about a group of rogue CIA operatives.