Goodman laffer gets makeover

LaPaglia ankles; 'Odd Couple' approach dropped

Anthony LaPaglia is ankling the upcoming Fox laffer “Don’t Ask” as part of a complete makeover of the John Goodman starrer.

Goodman will still play a single gay father, but rather than living with his straight roommate (played by LaPaglia in the pilot), he’ll now live with his sister and son (Greg Pitts). The other characters from the original “Odd Couple”-like pilot are also being eliminated.

“Anthony was absolutely wonderful in the pilot. We love him and hope to work with him again soon,” exec producer Terry Turner said through a C-W spokeswoman. “But the focus of the show has changed, and his character no longer exists. We’re concentrating on the relationship between the father and son.”

A spokeswoman for Carsey-Werner Prods., the studio behind “Don’t Ask,” said Goodman will still play a gay man. Casting for the new characters is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

As for LaPaglia, a rep for the actor said he’s working on two pics: The Castle Rock drama “Salton Sea” and Showtime’s “Clubland.”

LaPaglia is also expected to continue his recurring role on NBC’s “Frasier.”

“Don’t Ask” was originally scheduled to air Wednesdays at 8 this fall, leading into Fox’s new laffer “Schimmel.” Latter skein has been pushed to midseason, with “Don’t Ask” now set to run Wednesdays at 8:30. Original segs of “Malcolm in the Middle” will fill the 8 p.m. slot in November.

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