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Graves Recast: Sela Ward Replaces Susan Sarandon in EPIX Comedy

Sela Ward to the rescue!

In an 11th hour recasting, the Emmy-winning TV vet has been tapped to replace Susan Sarandon as the female lead in Graves, EPIX’ upcoming 10-episode political satire.

Ward takes over the role of Margaret Graves, the wife of former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), who decides to follow her own political ambitions just as her husband embarks on a Don Quixote-like journey to right the wrongs of his administration. Ground Floor‘s Skylar Astin and Enlisted‘s Chris Lowell also star.

Sarandon abruptly walked away from the project earlier this month due to unspecified “artistic differences.”

Production on the half-hour Lionsgate-produced series begins this week New Mexico.

Ward’s long list of TV credits includes Sisters, Once and Again, House and CSI: NY.