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Chuck Lorre

While TV shows await fall premiere, the summer rush to replace actors is on

While TV shows await fall premiere, the summer rush to replace actors is on

The TV pilot season is over. Programming executives have anointed their new shows for fall premiere, and network marketing and advertising teams are busily trumpeting their new lineups and selling pricey commercial slots for prime time. Job done? Not quite. For some of the new fall shows, their original pilots are often seen more as rough drafts than finished products. Characters may need work, and plot lines may be considered shaky. And the actors? Some of them may need to be replaced. So this summer, as sales teams in New York haggle over the price of 30-second commercials, programmers and producers in Los Angeles are engaged in a frenzy of tinkering that they hope will turn what...

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