UPDATE FRIDAY PM: Rumor is Michael Landes also tested for the role.

EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Nick Thune, True Blood’s Michael McMillian and John Forest, are in contention to replace Patton Oswalt on NBC’s comedy pilot Beach Lane. The three are screen testing with star Matthew Broderick. Beach Lane stars Broderick as a celebrity author is hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir – the role that is being recast– to run his struggling small-town newspaper. The decision to recast the role was made after the pilot’ table read, making for a tough last few weeks for Oswalt who was slated to make his Broadway debut in Lips Together, Teeth Apart until the play unraveled following the exit of co-star Megan Mullally.