In a departure from the recent trend, hardly any pilots have had to recast major characters this season, notes Nellie Andreeva, writing on Deadline.com. But an NBC sitcom is the latest exception to that rule.
"One recasting that is going forward is on NBC‘s midseason comedy series 'Mission Control,'" Andreeva writes. "A workplace ensemble set in 1962, 'Mission Control,' from Universal TV and producer Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, examines what happens when a strong woman (Krysten Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. The project is recasting the role of Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likable NASA astronaut. It was played in the pilot by Michael Rosenbaum."
So why have there been so few recastings lately? "I hear the studios implemented pre-table reads and introduced other procedural tweaks that greatly reduced the number of cast changes," Andreeva writes. "That also applies to the newly picked up series."