Demi Lovato Steps Down As Star of Upcoming NBC Series ‘Hungry’
Demi Lovato steps down from their acting role in the upcoming NBC series, Hungry. The celebrity has been attached to this project for over a year and reportedly stepped down due to scheduling conflicts. Both Lovato and their manager Scooter Braun will remain as executive producers of the series.
Demi Lovato Steps Down From Acting Role
The upcoming series follows a group of friends who belong to a food issues group. This series is described as a set of friends helping each other look for love, success, and the perfect thing in the fridge. The series was just about to begin production when Lovato reportedly stepped down due to scheduling conflicts.
Lovato was cast to play Teddy, a food stylist who is trying to have a healthy relationship with food while dating men. Valerie Bertinelli plays Teddy’s mom, Lisa. Lisa is a restaurant owner and has had issues with weight as well. Both Lovato and Bertinelli have openly discussed their personal issues with food off-screen.
In the past years, Lovato shared that they have struggled with an eating disorder for years. They’ve mentioned in the past that their old manager would hide food and sugar from them as a way to keep them thin. This experience was the inspiration of their song “Melon Cake.”
What Does This Mean For Hungry?
The network is now looking to recast Lovato’s role so the pilot stays on schedule. Since there are photos of Lovato on set, it seems like the team will have to refilm their part. The cast of the pilot includes Bertinelli, Gabriel Iglesias, Ryan McPartlin, Alex Brightman and Ashley D. Kelly. Executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner are creating the pilot with their production studio.
Hungry was originally picked up by NBC in April 2021. This series is set to be a new single-camera comedy for the network. Some cast members were announced over the summer, but the show has since announced the rest. Along with the cast announcement, it’s been revealed that Hungry is now a multi-camera comedy that is directed by James Burrows.