Mandy Moore has exited ABC’s new single-camera pilot Pulling. The pilot is written by veterans Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore. The ABC pilot is based on the highly acclaimed British series, which debuted in 2006.
Moore was set to play the character Louise, a girl who is optimistic and desperate to find a husband.
The show revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s who are desperate to live their lives in their own unique ways.
According to reports, Moore’s character was reworked, and, as the character evolved, it no longer fit her personality. Speaking of her exit, Pulling producers said, “Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us.”
Producers say Mandy Moore exited Pulling on her own decision, realizing that she couldn’t provide the type of character producers needed to make the show a success.
This likely is not the last we’ll see from Mandy Moore on ABC. Last year, the network produced a comedy pilot with Mandy Moore. While her original pilot did not produce a series, ABC recently purchased the rights to a Rich Appel comedy with Moore attached to the project.
Speaking about her decision to exit ABC’sPulling, Mandy Moore said in a release:
“Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production. And in this case, Lee and Gene moved the character in a different direction, it was clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside. They and ABC were very accommodating, and wish them all the best in the fall. It’s a terrific show that worked so well in the UK, I hope it gets the audience it deserves here.”
While Mandy Moore exits ABC’s Pulling, we are still excited to see how the popular British show turns out in US form. British series have been hit or miss in the United States. For example, the show Coupling, a hilarious British series, bombed in the United States, while The Office has become one of America’s biggest television hits in recent memory.