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Kristen Schaal Replaces Mandy Moore In 'Pulling' And More Pilot News

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Goodbye, Mandy Moore. Hello, Kristen Schaal!

Deadline reports that the "30 Rock" and "Bob's Burgers" actress will star in the ABC pilot "Pulling," replacing Moore, who backed out of the project earlier this week.

"Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us," "Pulling" producers told TV Guide. "As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character."

Schaal rounds out the trio of thirtysomethings at the center of "Pulling" as Louise, a wedding-obsessed, man-hungry woman. The comedy from "Bad Teacher" producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky also stars June Diane Raphael as Donna and Jenny Slate as Karen.

In more pilot news ...

It's a "Star Trek" reunion. Karl Urban is working with J.J. Abrams. again. Urban will play the lead in Fox's high-concept buddy-cop pilot from Abrams and J.H. Wyman now-called "Human." Urban's John Kennex is a well-respected LAPD officer who was destroyed emotionally after a mission claimed his fellow officers. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Stella Maeve will star in "Company Town." The "Golden Boy" actress gained the second-position gig to play opposite Gage Golightly in the CW pilot, which centers on two early twentysomething women -- Krista (Golightly) and Page (Maeve) -- who were childhood best friends, but "now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide." [Deadline]

And it's an "Argo" reunion, too. "Halt & Catch Fire" will mark the second time Kerry Bishe will play Scoot McNairy's wife. The drama pilot is set in the early '80s during the personal-computing boom with McNairy playing engineer Gordon Clarke and Bishe playing his wife Donna, the backbone of the family. "She's a woman who on the surface looks sweet but has put up with a lot. She juggles a career, home life and also wears the pants in the family in order to compensate for her husband's recent malaise." [The Hollywood Reporter]

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