A pair of new NBC comedies are in recasting mode, with a well-known actress looking to take over one of the vacated parts.
The network wants Jenna Elfman — who starred on NBC’s “1600 Penn” this season — to take a lead role in “The Family Guide,” according to TVLine. She would replace Parker Posey, who left the show after filming the pilot. NBC will also recast two parts on “Undateable,” which like “The Family Guide” is set for a midseason debut.
“The Family Guide” is about a boy (Eli Baker) and his relationship with recently divorced parents (J.K. Simmons plays his father), and how the family ultimately becomes closer after the divorce. DJ Nash, who previously worked with Elfman on “Accidentally on Purpose,” created the show.
“Undateable” is going through its second recasting of the lead female role. Briga Heelan (“Cougar Town”) replaced Aly Michalka during the pilot process. Heelan, however, is also a regular on TBS’ new show “Ground Floor” (both shows are executive produced by Bill Lawrence’s company Doozer), so her exit is not a surprise.
“Undateable” is also parting ways with Matthew Wilkas, Deadline reports. He played one of the group of “undateable” guys who are taken under the wing of Chris D’Elia‘s character.