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Re-Casting Couch?

The networks may have only just announced their fall schedules last week but that doesn't mean that there won't be a slew of recasting as series make their way into production in the next few weeks.

In fact, several roles are already being cast and a few of those series that didn't make the cut onto the fall schedule (like FOX's Saving Sam, formerly known as Deeply Irresponsible, and CW's Eight Days a Week) aren't exactly dead yet. Look for some retooling and recasting on a couple of those programs "missing" from the network lineups.

Over at CBS, the Angel/Forever Knight ripoff Moonlight (which previously went under the moniker Twilight), about a vampiric private investigator torn between his conflicting desires of redemption and bloodlust (sound familiar?), is looking to recast its female lead. The pilot presentation's nosy reporter role was played by The O.C.'s Shannon Lucio but the network is now reporting that Lucio is out and the role will be recast.

The move comes as the pilot's overall tone is retooled and more humor brought into the series. (Trust me, it's already unintentionally hilarious!) I'm also hearing that Moonlight's other female lead, Amber Valletta, will also be replaced when the series goes into production.

Over at NBC, the midseason comedy The IT Crowd will also be looking for a new female star as it replaces Jessica St. Clair.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Ghost Whisperer (CBS); 1 vs. 100 (NBC); WWE Friday Night SmackDown (CW; 8-10 pm); America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC); Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (FOX)

9 pm: Close to Home (CBS); Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC); National Bingo Night (ABC)

10 pm: NUMB3RS (CBS); Law & Order (NBC); 20/20 (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Absolutely Fabulous on BBC America.

What better way than to begin your weekend of debauchery than by starting it with two people even more pickled than you'll be? On tonight's "vintage" episode of AbFab ("Donkey"), Edina tries her hand at several unsuccessful diets.

8:40 pm: Coupling on BBC America.

Revisit the Coupling gang way back when. On the first of two episodes tonight ("Her Best Friend's Bottom"), Steve catches a glimpse of a naked Sally while searching for his keys. Then it's the classic episode "The Melty Man Cometh," in which Patrick and Sally's attempt to get together ends with disastrous results.


Anonymous said…
I really loved the script for "Deeply Irresponsible" and hope that they are able to bring it back to life. (Although the new title, "Saving Sam," is pretty horrible.) But this was definitely one of the strongest comedy scripts in the stack and I was let down when I saw that it wasn't on the schedule. Fingers crossed that it will make it to air!
Anonymous said…
"Over at NBC, the midseason comedy The IT Crowd will also be looking for a new female star as it replaces Jessica St. Clair."

This pilot was dreadful. this recasting will go a tiny step towards helping, but it needs a lot more than that.

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