Phillippe was set to star in a project from creator Nicholas Wootton (“NYPD Blue,” “Chuck”) and executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) about a New York cop’s quick rise through the department ranks. He’s now left the pilot because, as Deadline reports, he wasn’t sure about “commit[ting] to the rigors of a network drama series.”
Phillippe is currently filming a guest arc on “Damages” for DirecTV, his first extended series work since he had a role on “One Life to Live” in the early 1990s.
The departure was amicable, Deadline says, and the show (formerly called “Golden Boy”) will now look for a new lead. (Kevin Alejandro, Chi McBride and Stella Maeve are also part of the cast.)
So let’s help the casting department out, shall we? The pilot tracks the lead character’s rise from uniformed officer to police commissioner in less than a decade, which means the character is probably both very good at being a cop and at playing the political games involved in getting to the top. And maybe, just maybe, he’s willing to be a little ethically flexible when he has to be.
We could see someone like Joshua Jackson pulling the role off (if he didn’t already have a job on “Fringe”) — how about you? Who do you think could handle that sort of role? And assuming Phillippe is who the producers had in mind at the start, who would be a credible replacement? Let us know in the comments.