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Let the Recasting Begin

The pilots have been picked up, the schedules more or less set. And now, with maybe two months before shows actually begin production and dozens of actors from discarded pilots available, networks and producers can set about tweaking the casts of their new series.

The most noticeable change will likely come in FOX's midseason dramedy "The Wedding Album," which looks at romance through the lens of a wedding photographer. Bruno Campos ("Nip/Tuck") played the part in the pilot, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is looking for a new leading man.

FOX nonetheless previewed "The Wedding Album" with Campos for advertisers at its upfront presentation last week.

At least two shows on the fall schedule will recast some of their supporting roles. ABC's drama "Brothers and Sisters," which will take up the post-"Desperate Housewives" slot on Sunday nights, has let go of Jonathan LaPaglia ("The District"), who played one of the titular siblings in the pilot. The show will also look for someone new to play the family's matriarch, a role taken by Betty Buckley ("Oz") the first time around.

At The CW, Jennifer Baxter ("Trump Unauthorized") is out of "The Game," the "Girlfriends" spinoff about the girlfriends and wives of pro athletes. Viewers have already seen her, as the pilot aired as an episode of "Girlfriends" in April.

Some existing shows will revamp as well. "Law & Order" will bring a new prosecutor into the fold to replace the departed Annie Parisse, and NBC Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly hinted at the upfronts that a cast member from the cancelled "Conviction" -- which was produced by "L&O" guru Dick Wolf -- may jump to the mothership.

"Prison Break," "Lost" and "Ghost Whisperer" are also among the returning shows expected to add new characters come fall.

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