Joe Manganiello has abruptly departed History’s Six during filming. Production on the military drama series, which had filmed almost two episodes of its eight-episode order with Manganiello, has been shut down while his role is being recast. There is no re-start date set yet, with Manganiello’s scenes set to be reshot.
This is the second time in a row that True Blood alum Manganiello was cast in a straight-to-series project but ended up pulling out and being recast. Last spring, he left Fox’s Scream Queens citing promotional obligations to Magic Mike XXL before start of production (He was replaced by Oliver Hudson). This time he has exited Six because of a health issue that did not allow him to continue.
Manganiello’s exit and the stop of production are not related to A+E Networks’ stance on North Carolina, where Six is being filmed, following the state’s recent adoption of an anti-LGBT law. “Production on Six is already under way, however we will not consider North Carolina for any new productions,” an A+E spokesperson said two weeks ago.
Written by William Broyles (Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military Special Operations veteran, and inspired by current events, Six — History’s second original scripted series after Vikings — follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Barry Sloane toplines the series, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company.
The role Manganiello originally played is Rip Taggart, a gruff, haggard, and aggressive military man who was once the squad leader of Seal Team Six. The actor’s exit was first reported by Variety.