Aubrey Dollar, Paula Newsome, Angie Harmon and Laura Harris in Women's Murder Club by Andrew Southam/ABC
The entire pilot for ABC's new Friday night procedural
The Women's Murder Club
has been reshot. Why? Apparently, it was a little too mysterious for fans to follow. Executive producer
, tells TV Guide that there were too many characters and too many murders in the first attempt to turn James Patterson's best-selling novels about crime-solving female buddies into a TV series. "We tried to cover too much too early," Jessica and Ashlee's dad says. So one of the books' characters, Yuki Castellano (played by Elisabeth Ho) has been written out, and a simpler homicide written in. The version that will debut on October 12 is darker and more grisly as well.
Although Patterson is a writer on the series, the only storyline expected to be copied from his novels is an ongoing search for a - what else - serial killer. In other changes,
) has replaced the less-known
as the former hubby of cop Lindsay Boxer, played by series star
Commander In Chief
) has a recurring role as a public defender. Patterson and Simpson are also developing another of the prolific author's mysteries into a TV series. "It's one of his first books called
The Midnight Club
," says Simpson. "It's about a young detective in a wheelchair, who plays Murderball and has a love life." Somewhere, Ironside is smiling.