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With the upfronts over, broadcast networks have begun tweaking the casts of their newly picked-up series in what has become a kind of “recasting season.”
The biggest changes so far are being made to ABC’s fall drama series “The Forgotten,” in which two major roles are being recast including the lead, played in the pilot by British actor Rupert Penry-Jones.
Also affected by early recastings are CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the network’s medical dramas “Three Rivers” and “Miami Trauma” and new legal drama “The Good Wife,” and NBC’s comedy “100 Questions.”
“Forgotten,” from WBTV and Bruckheimer TV, is a mystery series about a group of amateur detectives led by a former cop (Penry-Jones) whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years ago. Also departing the project is Reiko Aylesworth, who played one of the sleuths.
Louise Lombard is departing the “NCIS” spinoff, from CBS TV Studios, which is set at an NCIS division charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals. LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell star in the ensemble drama, on which Lombard played Clara, a former major in the military police who became an investigator.
The role, perceived as the female lead, will be recast.
Also not continuing beyond the pilot stage is Julia Ormond, who played a lead on “Rivers.” The show, from CBS TV Studios, is about organ transplants seen through three points of view: the doctors, donors and recipients. In the pilot, Ormond played the head of surgery.
Joaquim De Almeida, who was a guest star/potential recurring in the pilot, also won’t come back.
“Trauma,” from WBTV and Bruckheimer, is about a team of trauma surgeons in Miami. The role of one of the doctors, played in the pilot by Richard Coyle, will be recast.
On “Good Wife,” from CBS Studios, Gillian Jacobs was tapped as a recurring but also landed a regular role on NBC’s new comedy series “Community.” With “Community” in first position and filming in Los Angeles and “Wife” set to shoot in New York, Jacobs had to leave “Wife.”
Amir Talai is out of the UMS-produced “Questions,” which stars Sophie Winkleman as Charlotte, who, looking for love, joins a popular online-dating site. In the pilot, Talai played her dating counselor Ravi, a role that is being recast.
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