Fox laffer, NBC’s ‘Joey’ add to casts

'Shore' also eyes Estes replacement

Taylor Handley has gone from “The OC” to the untitled Fox pilot from Michael Jacobs, while Ashley Scott (“Birds of Prey”) has been cast in NBC’s “Friends” spinoff “Joey.”

Meanwhile, Fox is pushing forward to find a replacement for Rob Estes, who has bowed out of the net’s upcoming Hawaii-set series “The North Shore.”

Handley will play Jesse, the lead character in the Jacobs laffer. Show revolves around parents who must contend with the fact that their kids are growing up.

Handley is probably best known for his role as “Oliver,” the character “The OC” viewers loved to hate. His other credits include the feature “Jack Frost” and roles on “Dawson’s Creek” and “CSI.”

Also joining the cast is Michelle Alexis, who will play Shelley. Michael Jacobs, Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and John Landgraf will exec produce the project, which comes from Sony Pictures Television and Jersey TV.

Meanwhile, Scott has joined “Joey” as Allison, Joey’s new neighbor in Los Angeles. She joins a cast that also includes Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo and Paulo Costanzo.

Besides “Birds of Prey,” Scott’s credits include the current feature “Walking Tall,” as well as the films “S.W.A.T.” and “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.” She also was a regular in the Fox drama “Dark Angel.”

Warner Bros. TV is behind “Joey,” which comes from exec producers Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Kevin S. Bright.

As for Estes, 20th Century Fox TV didn’t elaborate on the thesp’s departure, only to say that the studio and network are actively looking for his replacement. Production continues on scenes that don’t include Estes’ character. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of the drama.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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