Mercedes Masohn has pulled out of Mixology, a comedy pilot set to air on ABC that follows the lives of 10 singles looking for love over the course of a single night, Deadline reported on Saturday, March 9.
Masohn cited creative differences as the reason for her departure, telling Deadline “it is unfortunate that things change quickly as a pilot moves into production.”
Masohn continued: “And on this project, [writers] Jon [Lucas] and Scott [Moore] moved the role in a very different direction, and it became clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside.”
Masohn burst onto the scene in 2005, taking a small part on One Life to Live, which grew into a recurring role for the actress, who just celebrated turning 31 on March 3.
Her most recent work for television includes 666 Park Avenue and The Finder.
Despite Masohn taking a pass on the character of Maya, which is currently being recast, ABC Studios is still keen to work with the actress on another pilot, maybe even with the producers of Mixology, who called her “an incredible talent with comedy chops,” adding they “plan to be working with her again soon.”
Early word is that if the series is picked up, it will continue to focus on the single-night format, something Boomtron labeled as “better suited for a movie.”
While an entire series that focuses on one night does appear extremely limited on the surface, the show does come from the minds of the writing team behind The Hangover, who are quite well-versed in the art of high-concept comedy.
Lucas and Moore penned the screenplay for the original film, which went on to gross more than $467 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Do you think Mixology will make it as a series, and what do you think of the decision by Mercedes Masohn to pull out of the pilot?