ABC’s soap “Dirty, Sexy Money” has become my favorite fall drama. One of its strengths is the ensemble cast, which is getting better by the episode. Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland and Jill Clayburgh were stellar out of the gate but the others are catching up. While most of the characters were almost cartoonish in the pilot, the writers and actors have succeeded in adding more depth. Sure, the twins are still annoying, but hey, you can’t have everything.
But I find it odd how the show chose to quietly replace some supporting characters.
Elle Fanning (pictured left), the adorable tot who played Peter Krause’s character’s daughter Kiki in the pilot, has been replaced by slightly older moppet Chloe Moretz (pictured right). I assume that’s because Fanning has six upcoming films and was maybe a bit too busy for the series grind.
Meanwhile Brooke Smith, who played Rev. Brian Darling’s ex-mistress and mother of his child in one scene in the pilot, has moved on to become a series regular on “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dr. Erika Hahn (Smith is pictured as Dr. Hahn below right). (You may also recognize Smith from one of her earliest roles as the young woman held prisoner by psycho Jame Gumb in “The Silence of the Lambs.”) When the character of Andrea reappeared in Wednesday’s “DSM” after a six episode absence she was played by Sheryl Lee.
And before the pilot aired, Bellamy Young took over the role of Ellen Darling — wife of Sen. Patrick Darling (Billy Baldwin) — from Kiersten Warren, who was originally cast.
Many pilots go through casting changes but this seems excessive on one show. ABC reshot plenty of scenes between the early version of the pilot sent to the media and the version that aired in September — namely the dinner party and the exit of young Nick George’s mother. So it’s curious that they didn’t also reshoot the few scenes involving Smith and, particularly, Fanning, whose character appeared in episode two. I half expected the old soap opera m.o. where a narrator intones “The role of Kiki George is now being played by Chloe Moretz.”
And while I’m being nitpicky, how did blue-eyed young Nick George (played by Chandler Frantz in the pilot) grow up to be brown-eyed adult Nick George (Krause). Just askin’, still love the show.
— Kathy Lyford