Ariel Winter to Replace Demi Lovato in Comedy Pilot “Hungry”

Ariel Winter in 2019.
Ariel Winter in 2019. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock (10236044bb)

It was quite a surprise to hear that Demi Lovato stepped down from their comeback role in the comedy pilot Hungry, but NBC promptly found a worthy replacement. Ariel Winter will take over from the former Disney star and lead this promising comedy.

According to its official synopsis, Hungry will center on “a group of friends who belong to a food-issues group helping one another as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”

Lovato stepped down from their acting duties due to scheduling issues, but they remain executive producers along with their manager Scooter Braun. Lovato’s role was promptly recast with the Modern Family star Ariel Winter so the pilot would stay on schedule, and the production is set to move forwards this week with the rest of the cast already in place.

In addition to Winter, Hungry is also set to star Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland), Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias (Mr. Iglesias), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Anna Akana (A Million Little Things), and Ashley D. Kelley (Insatiable). It’s been written by Suzanne Martin, with James Burrows serving as a director, and it’s currently in contention for the 2022-23 TV season if NBC gives it a green light after the pilot is shot.