NEW YORK — “Profiler” star Ally Walker is angling to ankle the NBC Saturday drama to concentrate on her film career.
Terms of Walker’s exit are still being negotiated, but production insiders say Walker is almost certain to be cut loose from her contract. A likely scenario has Walker appearing in the first four segs of the NBC Studios show, though it’s possible she won’t return at all to the program, which begins its fourth season in the fall.
Walker’s initial request to get out of her deal, which called for her to remain with the show for several more seasons, originally met with some resistance from NBC brass. But the Peacock ultimately decided to try to accommodate Walker, perhaps hoping to recharge the so-so rated series.
New thesp or new character?
Still unclear is how Walker, who plays the title character in “Profiler,” will be replaced. NBC execs had considered simply finding a new actress to play the same part, but one source said the net may now create a new character for a new thesp.
NBC may have some extra time to find a new thesp since the net’s Saturday shows have premiered later in the season in recent years due to the Peacock’s baseball coverage.
“Profiler” was originally designed as part of NBC’s Saturday “thrillogy,” which at one time also included “Sleepwalkers” and “The Pretender.” The latter show remains a Saturday staple, but NBC has since given up on the concept of a third spooky drama for the 8 p.m. timeslot.
A NBC spokeswoman declined comment, as did a publicist for Walker.
Walker is repped by manager Beth Cannon of Envision Entertainment and agent Ron West of ICM.