Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Less than two weeks after Ryan Phillippe committed to his first regular series gig, a starring role in CBS’ untitled Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti drama pilot (formerly Golden Boy), he has departed the project. I hear the parting of the ways was amicable and happened after doubts on Phillippe’s part that he was ready to commit to the rigors of a network drama series. His decision was in part influenced by his first primetime series experience — he is currently filming a major arc on the final season of DirecTV’s Damages, which has given him hands-on TV series production experience. The move mirrors that of another feature actor, Paul Bettany, who also recently committed to doing his first pilot, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, before pulling out. (He was replaced by Michael Sheen). Phillippe had been approached about doing network pilots every season for the past few years but he had been reluctant to do it until he finally signed on for Golden Boy. The hot project will now move on with casting a new actor in the lead role, a cop who has a meteoric rise from officer to detective and ultimately police commissioner.

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