UPDATED, Tuesday AM: One more newly picked-up drama series will be making casting changes. Damon Dayoub and Bethany Joy Lenz are leaving ABC’s The Catch, which follows Alice Martin (Mireille Enos), a fraud investigator who discovers she is being conned by her fiancé Kieran, played in the pilot by Dayoub. Lenz played Kieran’s girl-next-door wife Zoe. Both roles now will be recast. “Thank you all for your support re:#TheCatch!,” Lenz wrote on Instagram. “Looks like they need a different type for ZOE, so I’ll be replaced, but please still watch! It really is SUCH a good show and I’m so proud of my friends’ work!” The Catch, from Shondaland, was expected to undergo changes after the pilot stage.
And on another ABC drama series, Quantico, the character of Liam, played in the pilot by Dougray Scott, also is being recast.
PREVIOUSLY, Monday PM: With the upfronts over, networks and studios are focusing on tweaking some of the newly picked up series, which sometimes involves recasting. Several roles have been confirmed as getting recast so far.
That includes Jessie on NBC’s soapy medical drama Heartbreaker, played in the pilot by Don Hany. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the project follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Dr. Jessie Shane is the hospital’s new Chief of Surgery.
New ABC crime drama Wicked City is recasting three roles. The first season of the anthology series follows a 1982 murder case centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Being recast are the parts of Jack Roth (played in the pilot by Adam Rothenberg), one of the two cops at the center of the investigation; Jack’s wife, played by Holley Fain; and Diver, played by Darrell Britt-Gibson, a paparazzo specializing in crime scene photography.
Heartbreaker and Wicked City join new NBC comedy series People Are Talking, which is recasting one of the leads, played by Meaghan Rath in second position to Fox’s The Guide To Surviving Life, which also was picked up to series. Also recasting a female lead is the Criminal Minds spinoff, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, with Anna Gunn leaving after the planted spinoff pilot. And Michael McDonald is departing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as the project migrated from Showtime to the CW. The role will be recast.