“One Tree Hill” fans might not see Bethany Joy Lenz return to television as soon as they thought. Although ABC announced Lenz as part of the cast for Shonda Rhimes’ new drama “The Catch,” the actress has confirmed that she is leaving the show.
Lenz, 34, went on her WhoSay account Tuesday night to announce that the show decided to replace her. She explained that executives wanted a different actress for the part and that she doesn't harbor any hard feelings about the change. She even encouraged her fans to watch the show when it premieres.
“Thank you all for your support re:#TheCatch! Looks like they need a different type for ZOE, so I'll be replaced, but please still watch!” Lenz wrote. “It really is SUCH a good show and I'm so proud of my friends' work!”
“The Catch” follows a fraud investigator, Alice (Mireille Enos), who realizes that she has been conned by her own fiancé, Kiernan (Damon Dayoub). Kiernan is actually already married to Zoe (Lenz’s former role), who is in on the con. In the trailer, it seemed like there will be a love triangle when Zoe accused Kiernan of really falling in love with Alice when he was supposed to just be using her. The network will likely reshoot Lenz's scenes in the pilot. Her replacement has not been announced yet.
Watch Lenz in the trailer for ABC's “The Catch” below:
The show would have been Lenz first gig as a series regular since finishing “One Tree Hill” in 2012. She played musician and teacher Haley James Scott on the teen drama for nine seasons. Lenz has had several guest spots on various shows and a memorable arc on “Dexter” since then.
“The Catch” is one of the most anticipated shows of 2016 because it’s produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The duo is responsible for ABC’s massively successful Thursday night lineup that includes “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Scandal.”
“The Catch” will premiere on ABC next year after “How to Get Away with Murder” wraps up for the season. The new show will take over the 10 p.m. timeslot on Thursdays.