[05/28/09 - 06:22 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 28 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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100 QUESTIONS (NBC) - Producers reportedly have begun recasting several roles on the upcoming comedy, about a woman (Sophie Winkleman) who, looking for love, joins a popular online-dating site. Already confirmed as out is Amir Talai, who played her dating counselor in the pilot. No specific reason however was given.
24 (FOX) - Freddie Prinze Jr. has reportedly booked a major role on the show's eighth season. He's on track to play Davis Cole, "a recently returned Marine who runs CTU Field Ops and wants to follow in Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) footsteps." The actor will join incoming regulars Anil Kapoor, Chris Diamantopoulos and John Boyd as well as Jennifer Westfeldt in a recurring role. Also landing a multi-episode arc is Nazneen Contractor. She'll play the daughter of Kapoor's character.
THE FORGOTTEN (ABC) - Co-stars Rupert Penry-Jones and Reiko Aylesworth have departed the freshman drama as producers plan to recast their roles. The former played Alex, a former cop whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years ago, while Aylesworth played Linda, one of the show's amateur sleuths. No reasons were given for the respective recastings.
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) - Gillian Jacobs has exited the newcomer due to her first-position commitment to NBC's "Community." Producers of "The Good Wife" will recast her role, the shared assistant to Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry's characters. While it's not unprecedented for series regulars to recur on other shows, "Community's" production is based in Los Angeles while "Wife" is set to film in New York.
THE MARRIGE REF (NBC) - Shed Media ("Supernanny") has signed on to produce Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming reality series, in which "opinionated celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will candidly comment, judge and offer different strategies for real-life couples in the midst of a classic marital dispute." Six one-hour episodes are set to be completed for a midseason launch. Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten are executive producing via the former's Columbus 81 Productions.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) - Louise Lombard has been let go from the planned "NCIS" spin-off. The actress played Special Agent Lara Macy in two backdoor pilot episodes of the parent series earlier this season. It's not clear if her role will be recast or a new character will be brought in.
THREE RIVERS (CBS) - Julia Ormond and Joaquim De Almeida are both being recast on the newcomer, about organ transplants as seen through three points of view: the doctors, donors and recipients. Ormond played Sophia Jordan, the head of surgery at the show's Three Rivers hospital, while De Almeida was set to recur. No reason for either recasting was released.