Pilot News: Mandy Moore Not Pulling for ABC

mandy_moore1_300_400Mandy Moore is no longer part of ABC’s Pulling pilot.

In February, Moore joined the cast as man-hungry Louise, one of the single-camera comedy’s three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.

But as the cast grew, our sister site Deadline reports, Moore’s character changed and the actress decided to exit the project.

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Pulling, based on a successful British sitcom of the same name, is exec-produced by Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, Aaron Kaplan (The NeighborsTerra Nova) and British series creators Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly.

“Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore told the site. “And in this case, Lee and Gene moved the character in a different direction, it was clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside.”

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18 Comments
  1. Babybop says:

    Sad. I want her back on TV!

  2. Nicole says:

    Back on tv? She’s never been a permanent fixture on a tv show to begin with!

  3. ToddM says:

    This was originally reported as the “Untitled Mandy Moore Comedy”, so it’s weird that they would alter her character so much as to run her completely out of the project.

  4. Tina says:

    What a shame! She was the reason I would have watched!

  5. E says:

    Call it the curse of Entourage. She’s the only girl on Entourage who ever broke Vinnie’s heart. She’s jinxed. You don’t mess with Vinnie and boys! ;)

  6. Amanda Mauer says:

    C’mon ABC, this is the third time in the past 18 months that her projects fell through one way or another. Us and Them, Miss Most Likely, and now this. Not sure about everyone else, but I want her on TV. Give her a chance! I hope she lands another role soon, one that is right for her. But maybe she should steer clear of ABC?

    • Tali says:

      you’d think it’s not ABC but Mandy, no? I mean they’re giving her a chance, not one but 3 and she ~stepped aside. I like Mandy but lets face it, she’s not a very good actress and I doubt she can carry a show alone.

  7. Poida B says:

    Why cant people read the article before they comment?? The character Mandy was going to play, changed with others joining the ‘project’. End of story. Id love to have seen Mandy in a TV series. Hopefully se will be offered another part in a TV series soon :)

  8. Ben says:

    It’s a remake of a UK show, with the British creators attached – it was obviously good enough in the UK format for ABC to buy the rights, so why are these Office writers changing the characters?

    • mayiread says:

      Because the humour doesn’t always translate and they want to make it appealing for an audience to get picked up and renewed.
      See the US IT Crowd pilot travesty as an example.
      The US Office is the exception.

    • Bob says:

      Go back and watch the original UK The Office. Not nearly as many characters as the US version. They have to change it for American tastes, otherwise you just get the niche Brit-lovers crowd (see BBC America).

  9. Tracey says:

    “The Office” writers are changing it because it’s based on a British comedy and like most British comedies that have come to the states, it HAS to be changed. Americans don’t “get” British humour so then when they develop a British sitcom for American viewing they HAVE to revamp for Americans to understand. Unlike us Canadians who actually really enjoy British humour and oh ya understand it too.

  10. Bob says:

    Read between the lines: “But as the cast grew…” Translates into “fewer lines/attention for Mandy”.

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