I guess someone had called out for New York's Cardinal to be "gruff, but with a heart of gold" in the script, because Kyle Chandler got the job in Ridley Scott's upcoming Showtime series, The Vatican.

Chandler will play one of the more progressive Catholic figures on the show, and isn't expected to be neutered by the fact that he just doesn't have a whistle. Nonetheless, it's the modern-day Catholic church, so we can't rule out tight shorts and boys in locker rooms.

Take that, SOCIETY.

Now all we need is for Connie Britton to get off Smash or Nashville or Smashville or whatever show she's on to join him for a relationship that, while against religious code, is one of the most accurately depicted on TV.