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MTV's Scream Claims Another Victim: Joel Gretsch Out as Sheriff Hudson

Scream Joel Gretsch Leaving

The body count continues to rise on MTV’s Scream.

Joel Gretsch (V, The 4400) has exited the cabler’s forthcoming TV adaptation of the big-screen franchise, and his series-regular role as Sheriff Hudson will be recast, TVLine has learned exclusively.

According to sources, producers opted to take the character — the small town’s “charming, charismatic, capable” lawman — in a different direction.

This marks Scream‘s second major casting switcheroo; Arrow‘s Bex Taylor-Klaus was tapped over the summer to replace Reign‘s Amy Forsyth in the role of artsy loner Audrey.

The cast also includes Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), John Karna (The Neighbors), Carlson Young (Key and Peele), Connor Weil (Kickin’ It) and Tracy Middendorf (The Last Ship)

The project — penned by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, The Event, Revenge) and helmed by Jamie Travis (Faking It, For a Good Time, Call…) — kicks off with a YouTube video going viral, which will have adverse repercussions for Audrey and seemingly serve as the “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”

Scream, which was handed a 10-episode Season 1 order last October, is set to bow in the fall.