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Actors in Limbo: Second Position Pilot Role Breakdown

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 5th 2011 11:00AM
Becki Newton, Martin HendersonWhat do Martin Henderson, Becki Newton, Ryan Hansen and Rachelle Lefevre have in common? Well, they're all actors with pilot roles in second position to their current series gigs.

It's not strange for an actor to a take a pilot role in second position to a ratings-challenged series. However, what's pretty strange is both Lefevre and Henderson currently star in 'Off the Map' and have both been tapped for NBC's 'The Crossing.'

According to Deadline, the post-Civil War drama will see Henderson as Jason, a soldier who treks across the country and winds up in a town that welcomes him as a savior. Lefevre will play a war widow in the Missouri town Henderson's character settles in.

Does NBC know something we don't? Are they just not that into 'The Crossing' or do they just really love 'Off the Map'? We may never know.

A few other familiar faces are stuck in second position limbo for the next few months too.

Kyle Bornheimer was just cast in Fox's 'Council of Dads.' He's currently starring in NBC's 'Perfect Couples' in a role he took over from Kyle Howard. Durin development season last year, Howard's role in 'Perfect Couples' and 'Love Bites' was in second position to his TBS show, 'My Boys.'

Ryan Hansen is currently tapped to star in 'Lovelines,' a new romantic comedy. But, his other project, 'Friends With Benefits,' another romantic comedy, hasn't even hit the air yet.

Greg Grunberg will play the lead in A&E's 'Big Mike' ... if 'Love Bites' doesn't get renewed. Considering NBC's love anthology series hasn't been given a premiere date, it's safe to say Grunberg's 'Mike' role is secure.

'Life Unexpected' star Britt Robertson signed for The CW's 'Secret Circle.' The role is in second position behind 'Unexpected.' Yes, despite not receiving a back-nine episode order and the release of a complete series DVD set, The CW has yet to make an official announcement regarding the series.

Becki Newton, another 'Love Bites' star, recently signed for a CBS sitcom. If 'Love Bites' doesn't get renewed (chances are it will not), Deadline reports Newton will be free to star as the mom a 12-year-old boy who is living with her parents and grandma ... that is if CBS orders her pilot to order.

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Off The Map is a current favorite of mine!

March 13 2011 at 5:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's a shame, I love both No Ordinary Family and Off The Map..

March 12 2011 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Crossing sounds like a much better show than Off the Map !! I had all the OFTM in my DVR and tried watching the 1st episode and was just too cheesy and deleted them all yesterday.

March 05 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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