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‘Stacked’ books new lead

Gold stepping in for Scott on Anderson skein

Producers on Fox laffer “Stacked” are racing to reshoot the show’s pilot, having replaced one of its leads just two weeks before launch.

Elon Gold (“In-Laws”) has been brought in to replace Tom Everett Scott as the sitcom’s male lead, opposite star Pamela Anderson. Scott was scrubbed over the weekend after producers decided he wasn’t right for the role.

In other casting news Monday, Colin Ferguson (“Coupling”) will star in the Sci Fi Channel pilot “Eureka”; Emily Rutherfurd has been added to the CBS entry “Old Christine”; fresh off “Lost,” William Mapother will guest on the CBS pilot “Threshold”; and several thesps have joined the cast of CBS’ Diamond/Weissman pilot.

Over on “Stacked,” which is set to premiere April 13, Gold secured the gig on Saturday — and was immediately pressed into work Monday morning, in time to shoot the series’ second episode tonight. The show’s cast and crew will then reshoot the pilot — originally lensed last week — next Tuesday.

“Stacked” was already rushing to meet its premiere, having been put on the fast track by the network. The 20th Century Fox TV laffer, from exec producers Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman, stars Anderson as Skyler, a party girl who decides to change her life by taking a job at a bookstore.

Gold will play Gavin, who co-owns the store with his brother Stuart (Brian Scolaro) and objects to Skyler’s hiring. “Stacked,” which has a six-episode order from the net, also stars Christopher Lloyd and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Gold was originally set to star in the NBC project “Loved Ones and Other People We Hate” this development season — but NBC ultimately didn’t go forward with the pilot. Prior to “Loved Ones,” Gold had actually tested for another role on “Stacked.” Thesp’s other credits include the WB laffer “You’re the One.”

As for Ferguson, actor is the first to be cast in “Eureka.” He’ll play U.S. Marshal Jack Carter, who discovers that the world’s geniuses have been secretly relocated to a small town. Ferguson was also in the recent Oxygen telepic “Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber.”

Rutherfurd stars as the new Christine in Eye’s “Old Christine.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus leads the pilot as a divorced woman whose ex already has a new girlfriend (Rutherfurd).

Warner Bros. TV produces the laffer project. Rutherfurd’s credits include “Married to the Kellys,” “Coupling” and “What I Like About You.”

Mapother, who played the mysterious islander Ethan on “Lost” until his character was killed, will recur as Gunneson, the first mate aboard the ship on “Threshold.” Paramount/Heyday Films pilot follows a team investigating a potentially hostile alien spaceship.

Then there’s the Diamond/Weissman pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, Paramount and Rat Entertainment. New to the project are Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black”) as Allison; Michael Pena (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Scott; Sam Lerner (“Envy”) as Jackson; and Craig Bierko (“Cinderella Man”) as Dylan.

In other casting news, Marcus Coloma (“Point Pleasant”) will star as Matt Evans in UPN’s “South Beach.” Paramount Network TV drama revolves around two Brooklynites who move to Miami.

Also at UPN, Lucas Bryant (“Queer as Folk”) has joined Denise Richards on the pilot “Wild Life,” from Par, about twentysomethings in Silver Lake.

At ABC, Lisa Sheridan (“Monk”) will play Larkin Groves on “Invasion,” the Warner Bros. TV hourlong pilot about strange goings-on in a small Florida town after a hurricane.

And Amber Heard (“Friday Night Lights”) will star as Serena in the WB’s “The Prince,” an hourlong sudser from Warner Bros. TV, Fort Hill Prods. and Berlanti/Liddell.

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