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Casting Couch: Behr is a "Company Man," See Locklear "Run"

Ah, the best laid plans.

During pilot season, you sometimes have to jettison your original plans and do something different, sometimes extremely different, at the drop of a hat.

Case in point: FOX's drama pilot Company Man (previously known as NSA Innocent), which had locked up its lead in Stephen Moyer (NY-LON) as a family man who is unwittingly drawn into the world of espionage when he is forced to spy for the National Security Agency on his own company, a defense contractor.

The pilot was slated to start production two weeks ago but after a table read proved, well, most likely disastrous, studio 20th Century Fox Television pushed the start date in order to rewrite the script and recast the lead.

So Moyer out and... Roswell's Jason Behr in?

Apparently, the lead role and that of his wife have both been rethought (Behr will play Moyer's character and General Hospital's Annie Wersching will play his wife), meaning that in this case both characters have been made significantly younger.

Curious. I haven't yet read the new version of Bob Cochran and David Ehrman's Company Man/NSA Innocent script, so I am extremely curious to see what else has been overhauled along the way.

In other pilot casting news, ABC's drama pilot See Jayne Run has found its lead in Heather Locklear, who will play the titular character, a driven "alpha female" investment banker who attempts to juggle both her career and motherhood.

Casting reunites Locklear with ABC and studio ABCTV, where last season she starred in comedy pilot Women of a Certain Age.

While we all fondly remember Locklear as the manipulative Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place (and as Caitlin on Spin City), her last starring role on was NBC's failed drama LAX.

Comments

rockauteur said…
Just because Heather Locklear hit ratings gold for Melrose Place, doesn't mean she is a viable "get" in pilot season. I'm sorry but Melrose Place was back in the '90's!!!! Her last few series crashed and burned and by the time she joined Spin City, it was already heading out to the pasture.
Anonymous said…
I still think that HL, on a decent show, is a good get.
Unknown said…
But I do miss Melrose Place. :) Maybe they could put Heather on Desperate Housewives...

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