UPDATE: Another new NBC series, comedy Friends With Benefits, will recast two roles, replacing Fran Kranz and Ian Reed Kesler. Kranz tweeted the news: “NBC picked up Friends with Benefits but not me. I was fired. Too big. I kept saying I was huge but people told me it was great. Guess not.”
PREVIOUS: Recasting on the newly picked up series is starting fast and furious this year with a third show losing a main lead in the past 12 hours. (CBS To Pick Up ‘Bleep My Dad Says’ But With New Lead & Joely Richardson Off ABC’s ‘Whole Truth’) I hear David E. Kelley’s new legal drama series for NBC Harry’s Law will be replacing Ben Chaplin. The project stars Chaplin, Kathy Bates, and Aml Ameen, but Harry’s Law is mostly about Bates. And her engaging performance in the pilot was a big reason for the series pickup. As for Chaplin, the change was chalked up to not a good fit between a character and an actor.