Jack Carpenter has signed on to play Adam Lipshitz in the new NBC comedy, Lipshitz Saves the World.

The show centers on a 17-year-old social outcast (Carpenter) who finds out in a most bizarre way that he might be 'the one' to save the world with the help of Leslie Nielsen, says The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news, Austin Nichols will star as the lead in the HBO drama, John From Cincinnati, created by David Milch.