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NBC -- in 'Aggressive' Stance on Recasting -- Replaces Actress on New Comedy Deadline

NBC, which reportedly has been aggressive about recasting its new projects this season, has made a key cast change on a new comedy.

Deadline.com reports that actress Aly Michalka exited the pilot "Undateable," from Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV. Michalka is reportedly being replaced with Briga Heelan. The pilot is set to tape Thursday.

Heelan was cast last month as the female lead on another Lawrence pilot, TBS's "Ground Floor," the story says.

Michalka also left a comedy pilot last year, bowing out from Fox’s “Rebounding,” the report notes.

The story adds: "NBC has been aggressive with recastings this season."

The piece notes: "Because of her relationship with the producers, Heelan has been able to quickly step into 'Undateable,' in which she is being cast as a guest star because of her existing commitment to 'Ground Floor.' ('Undateable' will actually film before the TBS pilot.)”

“Undateable” is written by Adam Sztykiel, based on the book by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle, the report notes. The project “is described as a bromantic comedy about Danny (Chris D’Elia) and Justin (Brent Morin) -- two very different guys who are bonded by their common inability to attract women,” Deadline reports, adding that Heelan “will play Maddie, a waitress in Justin’s (Morin) bar who is endlessly attracted to jerks and bad pickup lines … but could she have a sweet spot for Justin?”

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