1:57pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Audience Network's 'Mr. Mercedes' Series: Holland Taylor to Replace Ann-Margret (Exclusive)
Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes series is making another casting change.
Holland Taylor has been tapped to replace Ann-Margret in David E. Kelley's forthcoming adaptation of the Stephen King book, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Mr. Mercedes follows a demented killer (Penny Dreadful's Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
Taylor will play Ida Silver, the next-door neighbor of Gleeson's Det. Bill Hodges. Ida doesn't miss much and is a real piece of work: prickly, outspoken, self-serving, intimidating and vulnerable.
Although Ann-Margret originally signed for the role of Ida in late December, she was recently forced to exit the series due to an illness in her family.
For Taylor, the new project brings her back to the small screen, where she earned four Emmy nominations for her role on Two and a Half Men. The Mr. Mercedes role reunites Taylor and Kelley, who worked together on Ally McBeal and The Practice, the latter for which she won an Emmy in 1999. Currently appearing in Broadway's The Front Page, the actress is repped by Gersh.
This is the second such casting switch for Mr. Mercedes, which was originally picked up to straight to series last May with the late Anton Yelchin attached to play the serial killer. Treadaway signed on in October. The cast also includes Magic City alum Kelly Lynch.
Mr. Mercedes, which is being produced by Sonar Entertainment, is slated for a fall debut on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.