NBC’s comedy pilot “Girlfriend in a Coma” is looking for a new star after lead actress Christina Ricci departed the project.
Ricci was set to play a woman in her mid-30s who’s been in a coma since high school and wakes up to find she has a teenage daughter (Miranda Cosgrove of “iCarly”). She and the show parted ways after a table read, Deadline reports.
“Nurse Jackie” co-creator Liz Brixius wrote the “Girlfriend in a Coma” script, which is based on Douglas Coupland‘s novel. The cast also includes Ann Cusack and Daniel Stern as the lead character’s parents, who have been raising their granddaughter.
“Girlfriend in a Coma” is one of a handful of shows that have decided to recast roles this pilot season, although Ricci’s departure is among the higher-profile exits.