ABC is making some big changes to Shonda Rhimes’ newest drama series The Catch. Male lead Damon Dayoub (The Protector) and co-star Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill) are exiting the Mireille Enos fronted thriller as the network looks to re-cast the roles played by both actors.
From Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Jennifer Schuur, The Catch is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
In the pilot, Damon Dayoub played Kieran, Alice’s fiancé who cons her out of a lot of money before running off with his real wife; while Bethany Joy Lenz had a co-starring role as Zoe, Kieran’s real wife who frequently helped him out on cons, often by posing as his sister.
It’s worth noting that re-castings such as this aren’t entirely uncommon after pilots have landed series orders at their respective networks. Sometimes it’s a scheduling issue where actors were cast in second position or, as in this case, it is a creative decision to allow for a better rounded series. Other recently picked up series undergoing re-castings right now include Heartbreaker, People Are Talking and Wicked City.
The Catch, which is set to premiere midseason in the Thursday night 10pm time-slot on ABC, was created by Jennifer Schuur and is produced by Shondaland & ABC Studios. In addition to Mireille Enos, the series also stars Alimi Ballard, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins and Elvy Yost. Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson executive produce.