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Why Mayor Randolph From Ginny & Georgia Looks So Familiar

Netflix's upcoming drama, Ginny & Georgia, centers on the two titular characters and their mother-daughter relationship. Thirty-year-old, Georgia, and her 15-year-old daughter, Ginny, often seem more like peers than parent and child when it comes to their levels of maturity. And as a result, Ginny seeks to understand more of her mother's past as the family moves to a small New England town.

One of the supporting characters is the mayor of the town, Paul Randolph, played by Scott Porter. Little is known so far of the character, as he appears only briefly in the trailer. He does seem to have some sort of relationship with Georgia, but it is unclear if it will remain platonic or turn into something more romantic. Regardless, the actor playing Paul may seem familiar to some viewers — especially those who like to watch dramas set in small towns. Here's where else you may have seen Scott Porter before.

Scott Porter was Jason Street on Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights, the drama about the fictional town of Dillion, Texas, ran from 2006 to 2011 and produced five seasons. Developed by Peter Berg, the series followed the football team of the local high school and the tight-knit community of the town. The storylines of the series were elevated by an extraordinary cast, with many of its lead stars going on to become regular names in Hollywood today. Kyle Chandler played the team's coach, Eric Taylor, with Connie Britton playing his wife, Tami. The cast changed over the seasons, especially amongst the teen characters, but the original lineup included Aimee Teegarden, Minka Kelly, Adrienne Palicki, Zach Gilford, Taylor Kitsch, Jesse Plemons and, of course, Scott Porter.

Porter played Jason Street, the star quarterback who on early in the first season, suffers a spinal injury that forces his football career to abruptly end. Jason struggles to adapt to the idea of a future without football — especially since he had been set to receive football scholarships to major colleges — and strains many of his relationships in the process, including with his serious girlfriend Lyla (Kelly). By the end of his arc, Jason has become a sports agent and is happily married with a child. Porter was a series regular for the first three seasons and came back for a guest appearance in the fifth and final season.

Scott Porter was also a regular on Hart of Dixie

Porter also spent time in another fictional town: Bluebell, Alabama. Hart of Dixie, created by Leila Gerstein, ran for four seasons on the CW from 2011 to 2015. Rachel Bilson starred as Zoe Hart, a recent medical school graduate who moves to Bluebell after discovering she has inherited half of a medical practice from her biological father whom she never knew. Initially finding it hard to adjust to small town life and clashing with her co-practitioner, Zoe eventually adjusts to and grows fond of the small town life.

Porter plays George Tucker, a local attorney who happens to be the first person Zoe meets in the town upon arriving. Zoe is attracted to George right away, but soon discovers he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Lemon (Jaime King). After George eventually leaves his relationship, a love triangle develops between him, Zoe and Zoe's neighbor Wade. While most of the show revolves more around Zoe's relationship with Wade, George becomes intertwined with other members of the small community.

Scott Porter played a P.I. on The Good Wife

A bit of a departure from the rest of the roles on this list, Porter appeared in a recurring role on the CBS legal drama, The Good Wife, for 14 episodes. The Good Wife follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), a woman who returns to her law career after her husband, the former Cook County, Illinois State Attorney, is involved in a public political sex scandal. With her husband jailed, Alicia, who has been a stay-at-home mom for over a decade, returns to work to provide for her two children.

Porter played private investigator Blake Calamar, who first appears in the second season premiere. He worked with Derrick Bond (Michael Ealy) and became the competitor of Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi), the in-house investigator who works with Alicia. In a 2016 interview with TellTaleTV, Porter described the character of Blake as "a wrecking ball" who ended up leaving "a wake of destruction behind him."

All of these roles have been quite different from one another — despite some similar small town settings — and soon viewers will get the chance to see how his new role on Ginny & Georgia develops too.