One Tree Hill alum Michaela McManus has scored the female lead in The CW’s promising Alias-esqe pilot Nomads, sources confirm to me exclusively.
The underrated McManus, who followed up her OTH run with a year-long stint as ADA Kim Greylek on Law & Order: SVU, will play a brave and resourceful Army Brat determined to earn a place in the CIA. She finds herself fighting an attraction to her handler (Mental’s Warren Kole) and a fellow agent-in-training (Friday Night Lights‘ Scott Porter).
Law & Order: SVU may be accustomed to changes, but departures don’t usually happen so quickly.
After less than one season on the long-running NBC series, actress Michaela McManus (Kim Greylek) is already out. The former One Tree Hill star joined the program when the show’s last ADA, Casey Novak (actress Diane Neal), left the prosecutor’s office due to controversy.
Greylek, who was sent away to Washington D.C. last month, saw her job temporarily filled by Alexandra Cabot (actress Stephanie March), the former assistant district attorney. Now it appears Kim will be gone for good. Michaela sent the following message to her Twitter followers on March 28: “Will no longer be on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but would like to thank my fans for supporting me.”
Although it’s unclear whether March will be taking back her role for good, the vet is scheduled to appear in another four episodes this season.
NBC has resolved one of its biggest casting questions regarding Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. They recently announced Michaela McManus would be the new prosecutor this fall, replacing Diane Neal’s Casey Novak character.
Neal either voluntarily left or was fired, depending on which source you choose to believe, but there’s no question about her past importance to the program. Many fans have expressed their displeasure at her departure, which assures that McManus will be closely watched from the opening moments of her first scenes.
McManus will also be working in very different thematic surroundings. She’s previously been seen on the CW’s One Tree Hill, where her character split with Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) after leaving him at the altar on what was supposed to be their wedding day. She then rebuffed all attempts at reconciliation, although the cliffhanger finale implied that the two might have eventually gotten married after all. Now, that’s not an option.
Whatever the case, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’s focus on sordid cases and heated character interaction will require a different approach than One Tree Hill’s nighttime soap opera setting. We’ll see how (or whether) McManus makes the adjustment.
It was the news that answered one burning question — “Who will replace Diane Neal?” — but left another in limbo: “Who did One Tree Hill‘s Lucas call?” Michaela McManus, whose Lindsey apparently is not on her way to a hasty Vegas wedding, started her summer by scoring a hot new job, playing Law & Order; SVU‘s new ADA. Surveying the drastic change in roles, McManus says, “It will definitely be challenging, but that’s what’s so thrilling about it. To play a woman who’s unafraid to cross boundaries will be very liberating.”
To prepare for her gig as a legal eagle, McManus will check in with her cousin and brother-in-law, both of whom are lawyers (“They’ve offered whatever advice they can lend!”), as well as glue herself to the TV, “watching past episodes to get better acquainted with the SVU world.”
As for her OTH world, McManus calls her run “a fulfilling experience I will always treasure.” But what of Linds? Just because Lucas didn’t ring her, is she simply to vanish? “I honestly don’t know,” the actress shrugs when asked if she might film a wrap-up scene. “We’ll have to wait and see.” When then asked who she thinks the boy should have gone for, she lets slip nothing: “Lucas should follow whatever his heart is telling him to do. But what that is, I’m not so sure.”
As for spec by Lindsey fans that Lucas did choose her, but she rebuffed his proposal, McManus allows, “Anything is possible!” — Matt Mitovich