Eliza Dushku Exits TNT Pilot ‘Bird Dog’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:04 am,

Eliza Dushku is reportedly walking away from a project that many fans were hoping would bring the actress back into TV screen stardom.

In November, Dushku was tapped for a new TNT pilot titled Bird Dog – about a police officer (to have been played by Dushku) who trails her estranged father into the world of law enforcement where, alas, she ends up with a new partner – her father.

On Tuesday, Dushku posted on her official Facebook and Twitter pages that the decision to bail on Bird Dog was largely uneventful:

“Hey guys! News to report~ We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on “Bird Dog” due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears!”

After Dushku’s unexpected social media announcement downplaying her departure from the program, TNT confirmed the split, stating only that the production of Bird Dog will move ahead as planned.

Dushku is best known as Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also made a splash in films such as True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Back in November, fans were excited to learn of Dushku’s much-anticipated return to the small screen. The actress had last been seen on the sci-fi series Dollhouse, a gig that ran for only two seasons. This time around, it would be “creative differences,” not poor ratings, that got between Dushku and a successful new series. The Bird Dog producers have yet to name a replacement for the 29-year-old actress.

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Wynn Everett, William Ragsdale and Suzy Nakamura have all signed on to join Bird Dog, which, if picked up,  could premiere on TNT sometime next fall. Emmy-nominated director Mike Robe (The Junction Boys, Montana Sky, Northern Lights) has been tapped to write and direct the pilot.

For now, Eliza Dushku’s small screen future is up in the air. Her most recent television work included an appearance on The Big Bang Theory and also an audience cameo on Dancing with the Stars last season – where Dushku turned up to support boyfriend Rick Fox (who was eliminated in the seventh round).

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sorry to hear about this.
    I hope she gets another opportunity soon.

  2. Nah good for her. I love her and this premise just didnt seem that great to me. She can do better than just another cop show…not to mention I think she deserves a better gig than a show on tnt (no offense to them). Hopefully she will find something good, and soon (avengers anyone? id watch her and scarlett fight on screen any day..)

  3. Only if she won!

  4. Interesting Eliza Dushku fact: She played Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter in the movie “True Lies”.

    Now, back to the subject. After the downfall to “Dollhouse”, I think she is becoming more selective in choosing her roles. “Dollhouse” wasn’t extremely bad, but it was also not that great.

    She will land on her feet.