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Amy Huberman's Twitter joy is premature as US show Animal Practice goes ahead without her

By Ken Sweeney

Amy Huberman was sure she was going to star in a US sitcom. She tweeted her joy. Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll tweeted his delight. Celebrations were in the pipeline.

Then came the bad news. The sitcom was going ahead, alright. But she's not going to be in it.

This was real-life drama behind the scenes at the US television giant NBC.

The 31-year-old had played 'Dorothy', the ex-girlfriend of the main character in pilot sitcom 'Animal Practice', which followed a vet who loves animals but hates their owners.

Ms Huberman had been cast in the role at her first audition in US last April. She was overjoyed yesterday when the 'Hollywood Reporter' announced that NBC was to make 13 episodes of her new sitcom.

Among those celebrating was Irish rugby star husband Brian O'Driscoll. He tweeted: "Very proud of my wife @amyhuberman who's new show 'Animal Practice' has been picked up by NBC stateside. #toLA."

But within hours, Amy's dream of becoming a major US TV star was in tatters. She was was contacted by NBC bosses last night. They told her that while the pilot was being turned into a full series, she would not be in it.

"Amy was told this evening they are going forward with 'Animal Practice' but without her. Amy has been told she is not in it," her publicist Joanne Byne told the Irish Independent.

Just hours earlier the Dublin actress had been celebrating on the set of Comedy Central sitcom 'Threesome' in London after learning that NBC had decided to pick up the TV pilot for a full series. 'Holy crap' she had tweeted on hearing the news.

The Dublin actress had landed the role in the pilot earlier this year on a visit to LA which coincided with pilot season.

"Amy wasn't even in Los Angeles for pilot season, she was just over meeting potential US managers.The fact that she was cast for a pilot at her first US audition is incredible. The fact that she is not going to be in the series is a major disappointment but typical of pilot season and Amy was well aware that things like this could happen," said her spokeswoman.

Running from November to May each year, pilot season is when the five major US television networks cast and produce a slew of TV shows that could potentially air.

The actress who will take over Ms Huberman's role in 'Animal Practice' is not yet known.

From Cabinteely in south Dublin, she first became known to TV viewers as Daisy O'Callaghan in RTE drama 'The Clinic'.

However she ditched her wholesome girl next door image last year to star in Comedy Central series 'Threesome' in which her character's bed-hopping ends in an unplanned pregnancy.

Last night Amy tweeted: "Thanks so much for all the lovely well wishes about the pilot guys! But I was only contracted for the pilot and I won't be doing the series."

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