NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma has joined the growing list of pilots that are looking for a new lead following the departure of an actor. This season so far ABC’s Keep Calm and Karey On, Mixology and Pulling, Fox’s The List and Gang Related and NBC’s untitled Robert Padnick project have all undergone recasting’s. Girlfriend In A Coma has lost actress Christina Ricci following the first table read.
Ricci was the first major cast member to join the project which has been a favourite of NBC’s for some time. Ricci lives in New York City and was told that after the pilot is filmed in Los Angeles that production would be moving to New York. However, it now seems that production is fixed to stay in Los Angeles if the pilot is picked up to series.
Girlfriend In A Coma is based on the Douglas Coupland book of the same name and is written by Liz Brixius. The pilot follows the life a Karen, a woman in her 30’s who wakes up after being in a coma since she graduated highschool to find out that she has a 17 year old daughter named Evie (Mirranda Cosgrove). Karen’s parents, who have been raising Evie in Karen’s stead, are played by Daniel Stern and Ann Cusak.