'Back to You' undergoes casting changes

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The producers of the promising new comedy Back To You may be looking to reboot the sitcom now that it’s back in originals on Fox. A source close to the production says that actress Ayda Field (pictured), who plays weather girl Montana Diaz Herrera, may leave the freshman laugher to make way for a new cast member. Herrera is expected to appear in at least one more episode before departing the comedy that stars Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer as two anchors who work for a Pittsburgh TV station. Meanwhile, a Fox spokesman said the producers decided to “go in a different direction” by casting Lily Jackson (My Name is Earl) as 10-year-old Gracie Carr, the daughter of Kelly (Heaton) and Chuck (Grammer). Gracie was previously played by Laura Marano. Jackson made her first appearance in the April 16 episode. Back To You will wrap its first season on May 14.

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  • kana

    i liked this show the way it’s been going, especially Ayda Field’s character. i hope they’re not getting rid of her to make room for the lame blond from this week’s episode. That’s just so …done.

  • Donald

    Both absences were noted and both actresses will be missed. Laura Marano was a natural in the role.
    But I fear for Back to You’s future.
    I’m only the second comment of the day! This confoundingly unsung series is flying too low under the radar.

  • Mel

    Lame! I love Laura Marano. Looking at the new Gracie, she looks a lot younger than Laura. Laura had such a great chemistry with Kelsey Grammer. I hate to see her go.

  • cocoa

    There is another site linked to the Fox web site which has MANY of the same comments. This show has been ruined by these cast changes, and apparently more to come. I can’t believe that a show as crisp as this one began has been allowed to do this. Imagine “Cheers” suddenly replacing Sam Malone, or “Frasier” suddenly replacing Martin Crane or Roz Doyle! It’s ridiculous! Bring back Gracie and Montana! And keep the entire cast intact!

  • cocoa

    There is another site linked to the Fox web site which has MANY of the same comments. This show has been ruined by these cast changes, and apparently more to come. I can’t believe that a show as crisp as this one began has been allowed to do this. Imagine “Cheers” suddenly replacing Sam Malone, or “Frasier” suddenly replacing Martin Crane or Roz Doyle! It’s ridiculous! Bring back Gracie and Montana! And keep the entire cast intact!

  • calvyn

    I agree with the other comments. I am dissappointed to see the original gracie gone as well as Ayda Field. Both of whom were my favorite ppl on the show.

  • ALEXANDRA STEELE

    I hate to see Marano go she was great I also like Field she she was a strong charter. I love the show the only week link if I had to pick is the news director.

  • glen

    taking Laura Marano off the show is stupid as…oh…replacing Billie Bruno on According to Jim. Laura is a scene stealer, that’s why she had to go. Shame on Kelsey. Laura should be given her own show.

  • Jackie

    I am so upset that they replaced the original Gracie ( Laura Marano.). She played so well against both Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer. Who makes these decisions!!!! I really don’t think that I can look at the relationship between the characters the same way again. I liked this show very much just the way it was. VERY BAD DECISION!!!!!!!

  • Lauren

    I totally agree with you Jackie. I don’t know who thought that it would be a good idea to replace such a talented actress. I wish there was some way we could protest this action and bring back Laura. LAURA MARANO FOREVER!!

  • Mark

    Marano great! Why would they do that??? She’s incredibly talented and I really feel like it’s a huge mistake to “go in a different direction”. She’ll get picked up somewhere else soon and I’d watch that show.

  • Catherine Carter

    I’m disappointed about Laura leaving the show. She believable as a child of a single parent and more street wise. She wouldn’t let anyone push her around. The new actress I’m sure is good, but looks too young and innocent to be the daughter of Kelly and Chuck. The connection is just not there.

  • stephanie

    I agree with some of the other comments, I really liked Laura in the role of Gracie. She was very believable, and had great chemistry with Kelsey. Also, the new actress seems cute and funny, but looks too young. Laura does deserve her own show!

  • TC

    They replaced a talented young actress for a much younger dud. They should not have replaced the hot Montana either! I hate actor changes, do they think most people don’t notice? Best way to voice my dissatisfaction is to stop watching I guess. How else can we let them know they are idiots. This series is headed down the tubes!

  • Hubert

    From the outset, it was pretty obvious that the weak supporting cast was going to be the downfall of the show. Having said that, however, I would point more towards Fred Willard and Josh Gad. Sure, Ayda Field was clearly eye candy, but her character surprisingly seemed to be developing some depth as of late. And as for Laura Marano, the only surprise there was that they didn’t fast forward her into her late teens or early twenties. In any event, I doubt that any of this even matters – stunts like this only get pulled to try and salvage an already sinking ship. And the fact that FOX still hasn’t picked it up for a second season should tell you all you need to know. What a waste of two great leads.

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