Lovitz ankles play over TV obligation

NEW YORK– Actor Jon Lovitz has dropped out of an Off Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” less than a week before the play’s first preview on Jan. 28.

Lovitz’s manager Mark Gurvitz released a statement explaining that Lovitz “regrettably had to pull out of the show due to obligations for a pending television series that is being created for him.”

Lovitz’s spokeswoman would not comment on the TV series being developed, and would not identify the network or production company. “We need to have him available here,” she said from Los Angeles. The series apparently is being developed for next season, with Lovitz riding high on the success of his “High School High” pic.

Following last year’s popular runs in Seattle and L.A. (pre-Lovitz), Shanley’s comedy about a man who can’t make love without his father’s socks is still set to make its New York debut at the Manhattan Theater Club later this month. Lovitz has been replaced by Daniel Gerroll, an actor familiar to Gotham audiences through numerous Broadway and Off Broadway roles. Previews begin Jan. 28, with a Feb. 26 opening.

In a joint statement, Shanley and director Daniel Sullivan said, “Jon is a great guy and a wonderful actor. We had a lot of fun working together and we hope that we all can work together in the future. In the meantime, we are very excited that Daniel Gerroll has joined the cast.”

Others in the cast include Margaret Colin, Edward Herrmann, Andrew McCarthy and Park Overall.

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