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NBC pulls "Love Bites" from fall schedule as executive producer Cindy Chupack steps back

July 1, 2010 |  2:59 pm

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NBC's "Love Bites" has been bitten by some bad breaks and won't be on the network's fall schedule as originally planned.

"Love Bites," an hour-long romantic comedy that is best described as an updated version of "Love American Style," will not be on the fall schedule because of some behind-the-scenes and on-camera changes that would make it difficult for NBC to have enough episodes ready to go by September. The show had been scheduled to air Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Cindy Chupack, the executive producer of "Love Bites," whose other credits include HBO's "Sex and the City," is giving up that position for personal reasons but will continue to write for the show. A new show runner will be named shortly.

The program is also being delayed because actress Becki Newton, one of the anthology show's few regular characters, is pregnant, and shooting around that was going to prove difficult. "Love Bites" could still premiere later in the fall, but NBC does not have a time slot in mind for it at this exact moment. Jordanna Spiro was also supposed to be a regular on "Love Bites" but that conflicted with her role on the TBS sitcom "My Boys" and now her part has been eliminated. If "My Boys" had not been renewed by TBS, then Spiro would have been free to join the NBC show.

Replacing "Love Bites" on Thursdays will be another version of "The Apprentice." This latest rendition will not feature celebrities but instead will be a return to normal folks. Well, as normal as folks who want to go on reality television can be.

--  Joe Flint

Photo: Becki Newton of "Love Bites." Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

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