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.

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  1. Bryan says:

    I still hope Courteney Cox, Neve Campbell and David Arquette will make a cameo…

  2. M80 says:

    I loved these movies when I was in HS…which was almost 20 years ago. Why is MTV even bothering with this? Do teenagers today even know what Scream is or even care?

  3. JP says:

    I thought they had already started shooting…god this show is going to premiere in 2020 if it keeps going so slow.

  4. Robert says:

    I am sorry to see Joel leave the show, I been a fan of his since the 4400. He was one of the main reasons why I wanted to check out the series.

  5. bj says:

    I don’t understand why they’d have to recast because they want to “take the character in a different direction ” Surely Joel could do that.

  6. alistaircrane says:

    Still wondering what this series has to do with the Scream films.

  7. Toby says:

    I’ve read the pilot – the show has nothing to do with the films. The show does NOT take place in Woodsboro nor is there any mention of that town or Sidney/ghost face.

    The opening scene with Bella Thorne is really the closest thing to ‘Scream’ that we get in the show. Main plot involves a serial killer from a decade before that involves the adult characters.

  8. Tim says:

    any money Tracy Middendorf is the killer. She’s good at playing crazy

  9. Keith says:

    Maybe ‘Agent Burley’ can show up on NCIS or NCIS-NOLA… :)

  10. Lisa says:

    So basically a cast full of people no one has ever heard about or couldn’t care less about? Great job, MTV. Then again, these are the people who thought Victoria Justice could act.