Nick Carter Lands All-American TV Role

Backstreet Boy will sing Jay & the Americans' hits on 'American Dreams.'

Nick Carter is making his acting debut this week in a role as equally “dreamy” as his status in the Backstreet Boys.

The singer will play the frontman of Jay & the Americans on NBC’s new “American Dreams,” a drama centering on the legendary music show “American Bandstand” in the late 1960s.

Carter will sing Jay & the Americans’ two biggest hits, “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “She Cried,” according to an NBC spokesperson. He’s filming the episode, which will air November 3, in Los Angeles this week.

The October 6 show will feature Michelle Branch as Lesley Gore, singing her hit “You Don’t Own Me” (see “Michelle Branch Grabs Acting Roles In ‘Dreams,’ Adam Sandler Flick” ). Producers are still filling other musician roles, according to the spokesperson.

“American Dreams,” which is executive produced by “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark, premieres September 29.

Carter’s debut solo album, Now or Never, is due October 29. Carter co-wrote some of the material along with Backstreet Boys collaborators Max Martin and Rami, among others (see “Nick Carter Has Plenty Of Songs, Few Guests For Solo Album” ).

The singer is presenting at the Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The video for “Help Me,” Carter’s first single, debuts Tuesday on “TRL.”