6:22pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Susan Sarandon Exits Epix Scripted Comedy 'Graves' (Exclusive)
Susan Sarandon will not be making her TV series debut after all.
The Oscar winner has exited Epix scripted comedy Graves, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
"Susan Sarandon has departed the Epix original series Graves due to artistic differences and her replacement will be named shortly," an Epix spokesperson said in a statement to THR.
Picked up straight-to-series, the single-camera comedy stars Nick Nolte as a former president of the U.S. Two decades after his term ends, he begins to think that his policies have damaged the country for decades, so he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to fix things. Sarandon was poised to play Nolte's wife, Margaret Graves, who begins to pursue her political aspirations when her husband decides to right the wrongs of his administration 20 years after leaving office.
Production has yet to begin on the 10-episode series, with sources telling THR that the Lionsgate TV-produced comedy will push the start date by a week to find a replacement for Sarandon. The series is expected to premiere in autumn 2016.
For Sarandon, Graves was poised to be her first series regular TV role. The actress' TV credits have included Emmy-nominated guest turns in Friends, Malcolm in the Middle and mini/movies Bernard and Doris and, more recently, You Don't Know Jack. Her guest credits also include stints on 30 Rock, The Big C and Rescue Me. Graves was set to be the second time Sarandon and Nolte played spouses (the first time in 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil.)
Graves co-stars Pitch Perfect's Skylar Astin, Veronica Mars' Chris Lowell and Sea of Dreams' Angelica Maria. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) created the comedy and will write, direct and executive produce the series. Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker) also exec produces.
Sarandon is repped by UTA.