The Advocates

Actress Mandy Moore pushed away from the ABC pilot Pulling, just to pull for the CBS pilot The Advocates. Sounds exhausting! But we know many of you out there are pulling for her to appear in any really good pilot in hopes of seeing her as a series regular very soon.

The news was right here when Moore won a leading role in ABC’s Pulling, a single-camera comedy pilot, based on a 2006 show of the same name from Britain, which will follow three “dysfunctional” women in their 30s. Moore wasn’t going to play the star, but she had signed on to play one of the three leads. Her character, Louise, was desperate to find herself a husband. As Louise developed, however, she started going in a different direction, one where Moore wasn’t the best qualified to take her, so to speak.

We followed up, informing fans that Moore and ABC’s Pulling were parting ways in a very civil manner. “Many things change quickly as a pilot moves into production,” Moore said. “And in this case, Lee and Gene moved the character in a different direction, it was clear this wasn’t right for me. Rather than jeopardize the show, I asked to step aside. They and ABC were very accommodating, and wish them all the best in the fall. It’s a terrific show that worked so well in the UK, I hope it gets the audience it deserves here.”

There is a silver lining and that’s the heart of today’s update. Deadline announced that Moore was quickly scooped up by another pilot. It’s called The Advocates and boasts a smoking hot lead.

If things go more smoothly this time around, Moore would co-star with actor Ben McKenzie. I find this as terribly alarming, only because McKenzie better be planning to balance his work on NBC’s Southland with his work on The Advocates, should CBS see it all the way to full series status. Southland happens to be one of my favorite shows.

The drama, The Advocates, was written by Bruno Heller and directed by David Nutter. Heller’s resume includes The Mentalist and Nutter’s includes the pilot episodes of Without a Trace and Arrow.

The show follows Moore as Shannon Carter and McKenzie as Henry Bird. Sharon was once was once a stellar Assistant District Attorney and Henry is an ex-con. The two pair up as victim advocates who venture “to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.” Hmm. This sounds very much to me like The Mentalist actor Simon Baker’s wonderful series, The Guardian, which ended back in 2004.

Moore’s character Shannon is extra interesting because she gave up her brilliant career after learning something crucial about her “tragic” past, to include an unlikely “connection” to a man who was “unjustly incarcerated”. Is that Henry, or someone else? We’ll be keeping our eye on developments for this one.