CBS recast shocker: 'Damages' star out, 'Rescue Me' actress in as Tom Selleck's GF

andrea-rothImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Heather Wines/CBSIt’s splitsville for Wendy Moniz and Tom Selleck. Well, on his new CBS series Blue Bloods, anyway.

The Damages actress— who appeared as Selleck’s love interest in the pilot for the cop-family drama—has been dropped from the cast for creative reasons. The recurring role will now be played by Rescue Me’s Andrea Roth.

No explanation was given for the recast. The few scenes in the pilot that featured Moniz will not be reshot with Roth.

What do you think? Will Roth have better chemistry with Selleck than Moniz would have? Am I the only one who kinda-sorta only ever pictures him opposite Courteney Cox? Answers below.

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  • Megan

    That has got to suck. To be like “yay we got picked up” to then being recast.

    • Jammy

      After reading her comments..I feel the part should be re-cast with Michelle Rodriguez

    • susie

      I really like Andrea Roth.

      • jon

        Andrea Roth is MUCH hotter.

      • elizabeth

        Much, much hotter. He was mismatched in hotness with the other actress.

  • Mary

    Considering that the show hasn’t even aired yet, I think “shocker” is bit of an overstatement.

    • Jon

      I agree. “Shocker” is a bit extreme in the early stages of a series. Shocker would be appropriate if she were recast two years in to the run of the series.

    • Cheryl D

      I totally agree. Shocker is not the word I’d use. I don’t even know who Wendy Moniz is. I do know Andrea Roth from several Lifetime movies, and I like her. A bit on the young side for Selleck, don’t you think? In his dreams!!!

      OK, Ausiello, fess up!!!

      Please tell us Tom Selleck IS NOT the diva from your blind item. If so, then he got his way, right??? (Hope he takes his vitamins, or whatever.) Also, if true, he must have got that way late in life! Please put us out of our misery. I couldn’t sleep last night! (Kids: Don’t send me any nasty grams telling me to get a life. I HAVE ONE. I’M RETIRED!!! after working at a real job for 47 years!)

      • Stacey

        Wendy has a long history of being difficult on set as a creative actress. She can do it all, but she has a hard time not getting her way. There are many stories of her antics floating out there. Ask Simon Bakker.

      • Gardenhose

        Listen, Wendy Moniz may not be the Katherine Hepburn of her time but when I lived in LA I dated her and I can tell you that if you tell her you race bikes she’ll give you a pittsburgh plate job…..yeoooww!!

  • Mal

    Is Rescue Me finished filming in it’s entirety? Or does this bode badly for Tommy’s wife in Rescue Me?

    • terry

      Rescue Me has finished filming. They completed this season and next years final season at the same time.

  • Erin

    What will happen to her on Rescue me?

    • jake

      They recast Flex Alexander too. He was Wahlberg’s partner. I think recasting on these pilots happens a lot. Not sure it’s really that shocking.

  • Janey

    Hmm, does that mean that Tom Selleck was the blind-item diva?

    • Metzmom

      That is what I was thinking.

    • RJ

      My thoughts as well. Disappointing if true, have always liked Tom Selleck. Hmmm. I SOOO hate blind items! :)

    • harp

      I thought the same thing, Janey.

  • SuzMiCo

    Is Tom Selleck the answer to yesterday’s blind item?

    • ythu

      What Tom Selleck is Blind?

  • Scott

    It seems doubtful that Selleck was the blind item. Everyone hated the Mystery Person. Firing the love interest wouldn’t help anything.

    • Janey

      Unless the love interest is the latest victim.

  • Seth

    This stinks of that Blind Item Ausiello posted yesterday…

  • Peggy

    Well at least it is still someone young enough to be his daughter, heaven forbid they actually give him a girlfriend close to his age.

    • EJ

      Actually, Andrea Roth is 43 years old. Not sure if that’s young enough to be his daughter.

      • cruzilla

        Tom Selleck is 65 (according to wikipedia) so, yep, young enough to be his daughter. I know couples with 22 year age gaps, but not that many.

    • Joy

      I love Tom Selleck, BUT just once I would like to see an actress playing opposite him closer to his age…there are some RIGHT???

  • graeme

    Bravo about this headline…made me think Rose Byrne or Glenn Close wasn’t returning to “Damages”.

    • max

      Andrea Roth is hot.

  • El

    When was she on Damages?

    • El

      Ohhh nevermind I remember her now. I’m dumb.

      • harp

        OK, I’m still dumb. Who did she play on Damages?

      • Ez

        she played jil- Michael’s girlfriend (Michael is of course- patty’s son)

      • Summer

        I think it was Wendy Moniz (and not Andrea Roth) who played Michael’s older girlfriend, Jill.

    • Amber

      I don’t remember her on Damages either. She must have had a small part.

  • Matt

    I thought the blind item referred to a man. This article is referring to the re-casting of a woman.

    I’m not familiar with Damages but wouldn’t her character be needed since the show was just saved by DirecTV?

    • El

      No, I remember now. She was a minor character and if I’m not mistaken, her story played out.

    • Siouxzanne

      The blind item did refer to a man. But one of the things the Diva dude supposedly wanted was a change to his love life.

  • Zoe

    I wonder what the real story is.

    • peterman

      There real story is Andrea Roth is hot and Wendy Moniz is not.

      • matt

        Roth’s a better fit. Plus she’s way hot. She’ll get more viewers. I barely remember Moniz on Damages.

  • Pulpo

    So then… maybe some other recast news will surface soon

  • Confucius Jackson

    I never understood picking her up in the first place. I remember her from Nash Bridges, and thought she was terrible. And that was compared to Cheech Marin and Yasmin Bleeth!!

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