America’s sweetheart Mandy Moore has left the cast of the ABC pilot Pulling. The in-the-works TV comedy is based on the British series that followed three dysfunctional women in their 30s and aired in the U.K. from 2006-2009. The U.S. version is being shot on a single-camera by director Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect.) Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who also wrote and produced Bad Teacher starring Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz, are behind the script and serve as Pulling’s executive producers.
The reason behind Moore’s exit is due to casting issues. The Tangled star seemed to be rather understanding of the whole ordeal. “Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore said. “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.”
“Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us,” Pulling producers, the same guys behind the film Bad Teacher, said. “As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character, and Mandy agreed to do what was best for the show. She’s an immensely gifted actress and we hope to have the pleasure of working with her again.”