Christina Ricci leaves NBC pilot ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’

By Daniel S Levine,

Fans of Christina Ricci hoping to see her back on TV will have to wait a little longer. The actress has reportedly dropped out of the NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma.

Ricci signed on to be the leading star in the project last month. It is being produced by Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago Fire) and Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie), who wrote the pilot’s script. According to CinemaBlend, it is based on a novel by Douglas Coupland.

Deadline confirmed on Tuesday that Ricci left Coma after the first table read. She was set to play Karen, a woman who had been in a coma for years and suddenly wakes up, only to find out that she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie. Miranda Cosgrove was cast to play the daughter. Daniel Stern and Ann Cusack were cast as Karen’s parents.

While Deadline didn’t give any further information on Ricci’s decision to leave, it might have been because she is only 14 years older than Cosgrove.

The show’s producers do plan on recasting the role. Production will not have to move to New York, where Ricci is based, as originally planned and they will stay in Los Angeles.

Coma was set to be Ricci’s first TV project since ABC’s short-lived Pan Am, which only lasted a season.

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