TVLine Items: B&B's Ridge Recast Plan, Hilary Duff Plots TV Return, Lost Vet Gets Hot and More

Will The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Ridge Forrester be — gasp! — recast?

According to the CBS soap’s showrunner Bradley Bell, it’s a very real possibility.

Unlike a vast majority of shocking daytime TV exits, “Ridge will not be dead or presumed dead” following his Sept. 14 swan song, Bell tells TV Guide Magazine. Rather, “He will just not be in the picture” following his and Brooke’s honeymoon, which means that “at some point it will be necessary for Ridge to return to the show” — very likely in the form of a different actor.

“I do have people in mind in terms of a recast,” says Bell, who hints he may go younger than Moss, now 60. “Some very interesting people.”

Readers, who would you cast as Ridge? Ted King? Michael E. Knight? Michael Lowry? The Hoff? Hit comments!

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Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Lizzie McGuire is eying a return to TV. Deadline reports that Hilary Duff has signed a talent/development deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop, star in and produce a half-hour comedy. The onetime Disney starlet has laid low in recent years, guest-starring on both Community and Gossip Girl.

•Bridesmaids standout Wendi McLendon-Covey and Saturday Night Live alumna Michaela Watkins will play a lesbian couple in Modern Family‘s upcoming Season 4 (premiering Sept. 26), EW.com reports. Seems little Lily is still up to no good in the new year when she gets in a fight with the ladies’ son on the first day of kindergarten.

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• TV’s go-to guy Alan Dale (Lost, Once Upon a Time, The Killing, etc.) has booked a multi-ep arc on Hot in Cleveland. Per TV Guide Magazine, he’ll play an Oscar-winning actor who falls for Wendie Malick’s Victoria when they are both cast in a Woody Allen film.

• NBC has given a script order to a Beverly Hills-based legal drama from Entourage producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, per The Hollywood Reporter.

• Press PLAY below for a new preview of BBC America’s first original scripted drama Copper, premiering this Sunday at 10 pm.

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