Which TV role would you recast?

Sometimes, we scare ourselves over here at PopWatch HQ. (And not just when we convene in my office for a ”Bootylicious” dance-off.) You see, last Friday, we presented a HeadScratcher item about six TV series which had each recast a character during the course of their runs. And then, lo and behold, this week, TWO current hit series — Desperate Housewives and The O.C. — go and do the same darn thing. On Wisteria Lane, the mysterious and briefly seen Caleb is getting an extreme makeover; he used to be played by Page Kennedy, but that actor was cut loose by the show’s producers and promptly replaced by Nashawn Kearse. And over on Fox’s teen-angsty soap, little Kaitlin Cooper (who kinda went ”poof!” and disappeared after the first season) is returning, only this time, she’ll be played by Willa Holland instead of Shailene Woodley.

This, of course, brings up another question: Is there a primetime TV character you think could be improved with a little casting switcheroo? I’d start by replacing the usually reliable Dennis Farina, who fits in at Law & Order like Velveeta in Martha Stewart’s kitchen, with Profiler‘s delightfully hard-boiled Robert Davi.Okay, now it’s your turn. PopWatchers, go!

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  • Tim

    I would have Joey on ‘Joey’ played by Tony Danza. Yea I said it!!!!

  • Carrie

    I think Jimmy Smits should be doing CSI: Miami. David Caruso is beyond over the top and you know his hips hurt his hands always on them.

  • Courtney

    Um…..how about Nathan Fillion (Firefly) on any CSI? His rogue cowboy demeanor could throw any crime serial for a much deserved loop.

  • Alexei

    the difference is that no one really knows what those two characters look like or anything so replacing the actor’s is barely going to register in the viewer’s minds

  • Alexei

    the difference is that no one really knows what those two characters look like or anything so replacing the actors is barely going to register in the viewer’s minds

  • Jill

    Um, on ‘Alias,’ I would replace Bathalzar Getty with Michael Vartan.

  • X-Philie

    I WOULD HAVE NEVER ‘REPLACED’ DAVID DUCHOVNY WITH ROBERT PATRICK ON THE X-FILES! I would have cancelled the show. Yeah, I’m still bitter about the whole thing…

  • Christopher

    I’ve been mulling over thing son CRIMINAL MINDS. With the glut of crime shows that came out this fall, either this or Numb3rs will likely die by the end of the season. If both survive, do a crossover, and consider having one eat the other.
    I’d replace Shemar Moore’s Derek Morgan with someone who can deliver dialogue believably. The character feels a bit token and doesn’t make use of the actor, doesn’t take his strengths and play on them.
    I actually like Thomas Gibson in that show quite a bit, but I’d bring in Jason Scott Lee as an Interpol agent the agents clash, team, and rival with, and consider replacing him.
    I would love it if they’d stop making Barbie cops on cop shows– yes, women can be tough and beautiful, but in Fed culture, glamour is shunned because it’s triviality and it lowers professionalism. Kill Lola Glaudini’s Elle Greenway and put in someone less like a Vogue model with awesome acting chops. Bring in Heather Matarazzo as a rookie with a fresh-out-of-school education on criminal psychology and give her a truly compelling background that the show explores.
    And after Morgan is long gone, put Rockmund Dunbar as an agent that had a fistfight with Hotch earlier in his career and is to oversee his investigations. Give the character more than a villainous/bureaucratic turn, and Gibson and Dunbar can make some great things happen as these two men who don’t like each other find a way to work well together to the chagrin of their bureacracy that intentionally through them together to fail.

  • Kevin

    I love the show, and think Geena’s doing a decent job, but I’d definitely replace Geena Davis on COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF with Susan Sarandon or Joan Allen.

  • Roxanne

    I’d replace all of the cast and characters of JOEY with those of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.

  • Michael

    I would replace Michelle Rodriguez on Lost with any living actress. Nothing can be worse than her grating, talentless presence. (And trust me, it’s not just her character on Lost – she uses the same tough talking unlikeable schtick in The Fast and the Furious, Blue Crush, etc.)

  • EP Sato

    Slezak, I gotta dis you. What’s up with the lack of Popwatch coverage about Page Kennedy’s abrubt departure from Desparate Housewives? Why did they fire him? there has to be some behind the scenes scoop and the cause, yet we got no insider info. What’s up with that?
    I’d recast Prison Break’s tough older brother with David Schwimmer. Actually, I mentally do that for laughs. ANy bruiser comes on tv, I always try to picture David “so wimpy my shadow could beat me up” Schwimmer in the role, and suddenly the bruiser doesn’t seem so tough after all.

  • Jack

    Here’s my list:
    1. I’d replace Matthew Fox on Lost with myself
    2. I’d replace Tyra Banks on Top Model with myself
    3. I’d replace Jim Belushi on According to Jim with my dad (or a squirrel, or a peanut) – anything
    4. I’d replace the Weaver team on Amazing Race with myself and my dog.
    5. I’d replace the 7 kids on The Real World with 6 Rhesus monkeys and a toucan.
    6. I’d replace Medium with Kiera Knightely reading the phone book.

  • Sherry

    Though I love Jon Cryer, I’d replace him with Balthazar Getty on Two and a Half Men. He looks like a long lost clone of Charlie Sheen. Either that or cast Getty as their younger brother.

  • fM

    it’s a minor role but couldn’t we have a more attractive middle-age actress on THE 70s SHOW instead of failed angel and soft-porn player tanya roberts??? any one of jaclyn smith, lynda carter, lindsay wagner, cheryl ladd, shelley hack, suzanne sommers, farrah fawcett or connie selleca would be more interesting to watch.

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