25 Times a TV Show Replaced a Departing Star With a New Character — Was It an Upgrade or a Flop?https://t.co/8vEdY3UKHH— TVLine.com (@TVLine) April 17, 2021
Cast changes on a long-running TV show are inevitable… but some work out better than others.
They bring in a new character who’s clearly meant to play the same type of role the departing star did.
• Tiffani-Amber Thiessen for Shannen Doherty, Beverly Hills, 90210
Thiessen’s introduction in Season 5 as Valerie Malone brought the drama on-screen.
After Doherty’s exit from the Fox soap as Brenda Walsh
• Janina Gavankar for Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow
Nicold Beharie had exited the series for good.
The show brought in True Blood alum Gavankar as Diana Thomas, but the fans never loved the character.
• Rose McGowan for Shannen Doherty, Charmed
Doherty’s departure after Season 3 allegedly the result of behind-the-scenes friction.
Her successor, conjuring a fresh energy via McGowan as Paige and keeping the train running for 5 more seasons.
• Goran Visnjic for George Clooney, ER
Luka eventually escaped Dr. Ross’ shadow and became a fully realized character, complete with a harrowing backstory and a beloved on-again/off-again romance of his own.
• Charlie Sheen for Michael J. Fox, Spin City
Michael J. Fox unfortunately had to leave the ABC sitcom as his Parkinson’s disease worsened.
A decade before he was fired from Two and a Half Men, Sheen was actually the one doing the replacing.
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