*Several changes are being made following the first table read at ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot from actor-comedian Kevin Hart, reports Deadline.com.
The character of Mircea, Derek’s (Romany Malco) post-divorce girlfriend, has been reconceived and will now be called Mandy. As a result, Amber Stevens, who had been cast as Mircea, is exiting, and “Army Wives” alumna Ryan Michelle Bathe has been tapped to play Mandy.
Mircea was originally written as Derek’s new live-in girlfriend, a former super-model who once jet-setted around the world, but now works as a hostess at a local restaurant and very much in love with the newly divorced Derek.
The character of Mandy is still being fine-tuned but, in broad strokes, she is Derek’s optimistic girlfriend who fears she may have gotten in over her head when she encourages Derek to make peace with his over-dramatic, overbearing, ex-wife.
Written by Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan based on Hart’s life and comedy, the untitled project takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek (Malco) and Lorraine (Bresha Webb), trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite differences.
Hart is set to appear in the pilot and in multiple episodes after that. Bathe can be seen later this year in “22 Jump Street.”