Following a table-read for the upcoming NBC pilot 'Undateable,' one of the four main cast members, Aly Michalka, has exited the project for creative reasons. Michalka, best known for her roles in 'Easy A' and 'Hellcats,' was slated to play a friend of one of the undateable male characters, working at the same bar alongside him.
Written by Adam Sztykiel based on the book by Ellen Rakieten & Anne Coyle, 'Undateable' is described by NBC as a "bromantic comedy" rather than a romantic one, starring Chris D’Elia ('Whitney,' 'Workaholics') and Brent Morin ('Chelsea Lately'). The bromance of 'Undateable' occurs between Danny (D'Elia) and Justin (Morin) when they bond over the fact that they both repel the opposite sex. Michalka was cast as Maddie, friend of Justin, but reportedly that role will now be given to Briga Heelan.
The character description for Maddie explains that she is endlessly attracted to jerks and bad pickup lines but has a soft spot for Justin... or could it be something more? Now to be played by Briga Heelan ('Cougar Town,' 'Jane By Design'), Maddie is joined by Danny's sister Leslie (Bianca Kajlich), a divorced single mom who works as a wine rep to get free booze and meet guys. Leslie is described as a straight shooter who tells it like it is.
There's just one problem with the recasting: Heelan is already attached to the TBS pilot 'Ground Floor.' To skirt the red tape, Heelan will appear in the 'Undateable' pilot as a guest star and the future issues will be resolved depending on which of the two pilots--if either--are picked up by NBC and TBS, respectively.