Mandy Moore Getting Another Shot at TV Stardom
Will "The Advocates" Finally Land Mandy Moore Atop the Television Heap?
Anyone who's ever watched "Tangled," or in the very least listened to the soundtrack, can attest to the fact that Mandy Moore can sing -- even when she's doing it for a pretend storybook character like Rapunzel. Then again, most people know that Moore can sing, she's been at it since she was a kid when, at age 14, her smash hit "Candy" topped the charts, but, in the world of Britneys and Christinas, good girl Moore was always a bridesmaid, never the pop princess bride.
Ok, so she can sing, that's a given. But, what's been at issue with the bubbly Florida native is whether or not she can really act. Sure, she's racked up her fair share of credits ("The Princess Diaries," "A Walk to Remember") and has been given a shot at TV stardom a couple of times with failed pilots and shows that tanked upon arrival, but will she ever make it as a bona fide "actor?" We may just be poised to find out.
Just last week, Moore, 28, pulled out of an ABC comedy pilot called "Pulling" but, now, comes word that she's been cast opposite Ben McKenzie in the upcoming CBS drama pilot called "The Advocates."
According to "Deadline.com," Moore will play a lawyer named Shannon Carter to McKenzie's ex-con, Henry Bird. The two pair up as victim advocates who "go to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog."
Moores Carter was once a high faluting ADA who, after learning the truth about some things in her past, wants to set things right within the criminal justice system. (Shades of "Law & Order's" Olivia?)