With upfronts a week in the rear-view, the networks have had a chance to look at their new shows and start nitpicking, which can only mean one thing: Recasting season!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, at least six first-year shows are already undergoing recasting, with four shows on CBS, including the network’s three big new dramas.
The trade paper says that Louise Lombard is departing “NCIS: Los Angeles,” leaving an opening for the show’s female lead opposite Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. Lombard’s Clara, a former major in the military police, was introduced in the show’s two-episode backdoor pilot, but will be recast.
On “Three Rivers,” Julia Ormond is out as the head of surgery in the transplant drama, which features Alex O’Louglin. Ormond wasn’t spotted at all in the clips CBS presented to advertisers last week.
Also not continuing to series is Joaquim De Almeida, who was only a guest star/porential-recurring in the pilot.
The exact details surrounding those exits weren’t mentioned in the trade story, but Gillian Jacobs’ recasting in “Good Wife” is considered a good professional move, since Jacobs’ role in the CBS drama was only recurring and she has a regular role in the NBC comedy “Community.”
Also at CBS, Richard Coyle’s character will be recast in the midseason drama “Trauma.”
Perhaps no show will undergo more changes than ABC’s Jerry Bruckheimer produced “The Forgotten,” about amateur detectives investigating cold cases. The pilot’s lead, a former cop whose daughter was kidnapped, was played by Rupert Penry-Jones, but will now be recast. Also leaving is “24” veteran Reiko Aylesworth, a regular in the pilot.
Finally, on NBC’s “100 Questions,” Amir Talai is out as the dating counselor whose inquiries steer the main character’s (Sophie Winkleman) flashbacks. The part, a recurring role, will be recast.
Stay tuned for more details on which actors will snag these plum roles.
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