Exclusive: Enrique Murciano off ABC's 'Map'

enrique-murcianoImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosEnrique Murciano will be missing from ABC’s Off the Map when it premieres this fall.

The Without a Trace alum has been dropped from the cast of the Shonda Rhimes-produced doctors-in-paradise drama, sources confirm to me exclusively. I’m told Murciano was let go for creative reasons and the role will not be recast.

The news comes a week after Twilight‘s Rachelle Lefevre signed on to Map as a series regular.

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  • Daisy

    Wasn’t sure about this show, but without Enrique I’m definately NOT tuning in.

  • j

    Not the end of the world, his character turned me off in the promos. I’m only tuning in for Caroline Dhavernas anyways, so it’s not a loss.

  • KCatty

    hmmm…. blind item?

    • Paige

      Can’t be the blind item. Although Enrique Murciano is known for Without a Trace, I would not consider him a “diva”. Also, I don’t know what his character was but since it is not being recast and the blind item said “male lead” I also don’t think so. Now if Michael would only tell us who it is.

    • Luminosity

      That’s what I was wondering.

    • Carol

      He has a terrible reputation for acting like a pr*ck on the set.

  • AlisonC

    KCatty, I was just wondering if it was the blind item too.

  • Cary

    Well, because I’m not that interested in any new Shonda Rhimes-DR-Dramas I’m not shocked, but it’s interesting to read about just ANOTHER “creative”-reasons-dismissal. A.J. Cook, anyone? Producers, you really start to enrage me pretty bad!

    • pfitz

      AJ not dismissed for creative reasons. She was dismissed for financial ones.

      • Cary

        Yeah, that’s why I put it in quotation marks ;) I just have the feeling that these decisions here also have nothing to do with creative but with financial ones, they just cover it up by calling it creative…

      • merr7242

        But they are replacing A.J. What about Mandy Patinkin – creative differences. Yes, he is probably wanting too much of the script power (he had god ideas and evidence crossed wires with the producers) but, I still miss him very much. I don’t like Joe Mantegna either. He certainly wasn’t put in a position of importance like Mandy and he whines a lot. I know it’s just his voice but it is annoying.

  • anna

    Enrique was one of my main reasons to tune in. Now I’m not sure I will even check it out. Stupid move. He’s one of the main characters besides, and I was really curious to see his role expanding. They’re gonna regret it.

    • Tarc

      How can it be a ‘stupid move’ to eliminate a role from a show that we’ve never seen, performed by an actor that the vast majority of people have never heard of?

  • anna

    This isn’t the blind item. That was the male lead who had a fabulous leading lady. That’s not the role he had on the show at all. The leading man here is Martin Henderson, not Murciano.

  • Aline

    sucks! the only thing about this show worth watching was him.

  • Lorcris

    Sadest news I’ve read lately. He was the reason I was going to watch this tv-show. Great actor, I hope he gets a new chance soon.

  • Mike

    I will always remember him from Spyder Games (and that cutie Byron Field – who dropped off the map).

    • Josh

      I know! He’s more famous for Without a Trace, but he’ll always be Francisco to me.

  • Graham

    Funny. As much as I CAN NOT stand Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice, I was going to give this one a try… But without Enrique, not a chance.

  • Cassie

    What is this show? I apparently don’t pay attention, Shonda Rhimes is doing ANOTHER dr. drama on ABC? That seems a bit excessive. Is anyone from private practice or greys even going to be on it to help it along??

    • Ana

      It’s only produced by her. One of the GA writers created this show.

  • Sam

    It doesn’t premiere this fall, my dear Michael. It’s a mid-season replacement, remember?

  • chattypatra

    Well, that was a pretty dumb move by Shonda. He is a good actor and most definitely a reason to watch any show. Too bad.

    • Rowan

      Shonda may not have had a choice. If the Network or studio wants an actor or character gone, and the showrunner can’t dissuade them from that decision, the actor is gone.

  • Bee

    the show will go on

    • Riss

      Yes, and I won’t be watching.

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