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Mass Casting Exodus: ‘Private Practice’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Body of Proof’ & ‘Thor’ (UPDATE: Mark Valley Joins ‘Body of Proof’)

Posted at July 28, 2012 by 0 Comment

[UPDATE #2] Mark Valley (Fringe, Boston Legal) is reteaming with Dana Delany on Body of Proof  as ”series regular role of Det. Tommy Sullivan, a onetime love interest of Megan’s who transfers to Philadelphia to win her back. The rugged cop will give his strong-willed ex a flirty hard time as they work together to solve cases.” They previously co-starred on Pasadena.

[UPDATE #1] Kate Walsh has confirmed her exiting Private Practice from creator Shonda Rhimes. She revealed the news on talk-show Bethenny. Read her statement and see the clip after the jump.

Walsh stated: “This is my last season of Private Practice, it’s been an incredible journey and an amazing ride … and I feel incredibly grateful to [series creator] Shonda Rhimes and all the fans that have been there from day one ’til now.”

[Orignal] I’ve come to realize that DMC writes a lot about new castings, but one of the things we often forget is that more often than not, actors leave films and productions. Tim Daly and (possibly) Kate Walsh are leaving Private Practice; Henry Ian Cusick will not return for Scandal; Sonja Sohn, Nicholas Bishop and John Carroll Lynch exit Body of Proof and Josh Dallas is departing Thor due to his commitment to Once Upon A Time.

Whoa! Broadcast network ABC is behind all of these shows. Interesting.

Let’s begin with Private Practice, series creator Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) has had a rough few months as exec-producer on all her series.  PP has only been renewed for 13-episodes (the network has order a whopping 10 new shows: 6 dramas, 4 comedies) and series-star Kate Walsh is rumored to leave the show after negotiating a contract for 13-episodes. While the series other co-star, Tim Daly tweeted about his departure:

“Wonderful fans of PP. Shonda [Rhimes] informed my agent today that Pete won’t be returning for season 6, it was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder.”

Just a few weeks ago, the day after the Season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes tweeted about the departures of Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver.

Another Rhimes created series, Scandal has also decided not to pick-up Henry Ian Cusick (LOST) contract for season 2. Cusick “played Stephen Finch on Scandal, a charming ladies man who used his (handsome) skill set as a member of Pope & Associates to obtain information for Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope.”

In a creative rejiggering, Body of Proof has let go three of its supporting stars: Sonja Sohn, John Carroll Lynch and Nicholas Bishop. The Dana Delaney medical drama sells well internationally, but does so-so nationally and the series was looking to make extensive budgetary cuts with its 13-episode third season. Here’s where the series left off with these actors:

“The series, which launched as a midseason show and went on to earn a 20-episode second run, last featured Bishop’s investigator Peter Dunlop bleeding after being stabbed by an embalmer’s hook following a fight. Lynch’s Detective Bud Morris, meanwhile, was last seen celebrating at a baby shower with his wife.”

Finally, Josh Dallas who’s played Fandral in Thor will not be returning for the sequel due to his commitments to ABC’s Once Upon A Time. Dallas spoke to EW about the news:

“I’ll be missing out on wearing all that hair, the timing wasn’t right. I’m bummed about it because I had such a great experience and great time making the first film and was really excited about coming back. Marvel and Disney tried to make it work. But because of my commitment to Once Upon a Time, I was not going to be able to do both. So I’ll have to hand the reins over to someone else. I love Marvel. I wish them all the best. I will certainly be first in line to see it… On the other hand, I’m going back to the best job on TV, I love it and can’t wait to delve in more.”

Variety reports that Chuck-star Zachary Levi is in the running to replace Dallas as he was once was a candidate for the role, but had to drop out due to his commitments to NBC nerd-spy series.

Source: EWEW, THR, THR, TV Line, Indiewire

UPDATE: TV Line, TVLine

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