Actress Becki Newton — best remembered as materialistic Mode receptionist Amanda Tanen on the now-defunct ABC dramedy Ugly Betty — is expecting her first child with hubby Chris Diamantopoulos. However, the pregnancy annoucement has prompted some unexpected changes for the actress’ new NBC comedy, Love Bites.
NBC is pushing the show back to midseason, substituting the start of the first season of Bites with a regular edition of The Apprentice in the Thursday night (10 PM) time slot, Entertainment Weekly reported on Thursday. It is the first time since 2007 that NBC has hosted a non-celebrity edition of Donald Trump’s hit reality series.
Love Bites features three loosely connected vignettes and a cast of rotating guest stars. Reasons for the delay reportedly include Newton’s just-confirmed pregnancy and the exit of showrunner Cindy Chupack. Becki’s Bites alter-ego is a virgin, making it impossible for her baby news to be written into the arc of the show.
“Launching an anthology series, which breaks the form in so many ways, is a huge undertaking, and I strongly feel that I can be most helpful not showrunning, but writing. It just become clear that for several reasons, some of them personal, this change (and a little more time) is what we need to launch this show properly…”