NBC’s new romance anthology “Love Bites” is adding a guy to its regular cast, but the status of one of its two female regulars is uncertain.
NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad said Monday (May 17) at the network’s upfront presentation that Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”) is joining Becki Newton in the show’s regular cast (he was billed as a guest star in the pilot). The audience also got to see Grunberg’s character — a tattoo artist who’s married to a character played by Pamela Adlon (“Californication”) — in action in a vignette from the pilot, where he gets a chance at the No. 1 celebrity on his freebie list: Jennifer Love Hewitt.
While Grunberg is in, though, the future of Jordana Spiro on the show is unclear at the moment — thanks to her current job on TBS’ “My Boys.”
We noticed last week that all the episodic art from the pilot NBC posted features Newton (“Ugly Betty”), but Spiro is only in two of the shots — and is only shot from behind (as in the picture above) — which made us wonder about her status. She’s still listed as a regular in the network’s press materials and is featured in the show’s preview clips, but Bromstad didn’t name-check her on Monday.
NBC says Spiro was cast in second position to “My Boys,” whose fourth season on TBS begins July 25. If TBS decides to pick it up for another season, Spiro would stay there and “Love Bites” would replace her.
Spiro, incidentally, isn’t the only “My Boys” cast member in the “Love Bites” pilot. Kyle Howard — who also stars in NBC’s midseason comedy “Perfect Couples” — guest-stars, along with Lindsay Price (“Eastwick”), Jason Lewis (“Sex and the City”), Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Larry Wilmore (“The Daily Show”).
The show is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET Thursdays in the fall.
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