Fox Pilot News: Bret Harrison Replaces Brian Austin Green in Perfect Sitcom

Fox Pilot Recast

Erstwhile Reaper Bret Harrison will play brother to Jenna Elfman in the Fox pilot The Perfect Stanleys, replacing onetime 90210 resident Brian Austin Green.

“Brian Austin Green had to withdraw from the project due to a viral infection from which he is expected to make a full recovery,” 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement to our sister site Deadline.

Penned by Dana Klein (Friends), the multi-cam family comedy is told from the point-of-view of Ellen, a working mom (Elfman) who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law Amy (Super Fun Night‘s Liza Lapira).

Amy’s husband Jack, now played by Harrison, is described as a laid-back rule breaker who does whatever he wants — except if/when it irks his Mrs.

Harrison’s other TV credits include Fox’s Breaking In, V, The Loop and ABC’s upcoming The Astronaut Wives Club.

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16 Comments
  1. Tran says:

    Hope Megan Fox isn’t happy about her hubby getting the casting boot.

  2. Lo says:

    FOX can’t seem to get its ish together, can it?

  3. sj says:

    And Reaper, which was cancelled much too soon.

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Bret got cast in a pilot. He should guest star on Tyler’s show Deadbeat for a mini Reaper reunion.

  5. Evan says:

    Didn’t Harrison play Elfman’s younger boyfriend in that one season sitcom where they went from a one night stand to her being pregnant?

  6. scribe says:

    Good. BAG was amazing in Sarah Connor chronicles, he needs a role like that agaIn.

    • brandi says:

      I agree. But he was the bright spot in that stupid comedy with Freddy Prinze Jr. I just want to see him back on TV. I’m bummed, but not to bummed because I don’t like Jenna Elfman so I probably wouldn’t have wanted to watch this because of her.
      But yes, someone needs to give BAG a good show again.

  7. SJ says:

    What, they couldn’t just shoot the pilot in a few weeks when he’s feeling better?

    Definitely more to the story than a simple infection. But god forbid the networks are ever straightforward about this kind of thing…

    • pamela says:

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • McGee says:

      It’s a business and they have a timetable. Who knows, some viral infections are more serious and take awhile to heal. Or, like you said it could be a “viral” “infection.”

    • Bob Backus says:

      No, the decisions on whether to pick up the pilot is in a short while. Before then, they have to have a week or so to tape it, then editing, then whatever maybe re-shoots. They can’t wait however long it takes for him to get better. This probably has to be on the table of the network before the guy even recovers.

  8. Joe says:

    Brett was good in The loop, reaper and breaking in

  9. tsevca says:

    That must change his character a lot. They are completely different age.