The actress will be recast as the female lead of CBS‘ upcoming sitcom Man With a Plan this fall.
According to reports, Fischer’s role is being replaced for the comedy’s debut season due to a chemistry issue with the Friends alum.
Though the actress appeared in CBS’ pilot presentation for its upfronts on Wednesday, network entertainment head Glenn Geller admitted that while Fischer is a “phenomenal actress,” they think they “can do better in terms of chemistry” between the two leads!
“Look, recasting on pilots happens all the time She is a phenomenal actress. It just wasn’t the right actress for the right role, ultimately, when we saw the pilot.”
And just to hammer in that there was no other behind-the-scenes drama responsible for the recasting, a rep for CBS added that Fischer was “wonderful to work with” both on screen and off.
It really does sound like the network just wanted to go in a different direction with the lead couple — after all, it’s pretty impossible to follow up the magic that was Jim and Pam’s relationship.
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