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Ashley Williams replaces Eliza Dushku in TNT's 'Bird Dog'; Gerald McRaney also cast

TNT's pilot "Bird Dog" has found a replacement for Eliza Dushku in the lead role -- and also cast the main character's dad.

Ashley Williams, who had a recurring part on TNT's "Saving Grace," has been cast in the role of a police officer in the Pacific Northwest who gets a new partner in the form of her estranged dad. Gerald McRaney, who's coming off NBC's "Undercovers," is playing her father, Deadline reports.

The casting of Williams comes a few days after Dushku dropped out of "Bird Dog" only a week after being cast. Her departure was apparently an amicable one, at least according to the "Dollhouse" star's Twitter feed.

Williams starred in a pair of Lifetime movies -- "At Risk" and "The Front" -- based on Patricia Cornwell novels earlier this year. Her credits also include a recurring part on "How I Met Your Mother's" first season, "Good Morning,

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