Who should be the new 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'?

Smith_lI know it’s darn near impossible to read the news that ABC has greenlit a pilot for a small-screen version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith without thinking, "That’s gonna suck!", but it’s the first weekday of the new year, and my boyish enthusiasm has not yet been crushed by the sight of Britney Spears’ ladyparts or the sound of Ali Lohan caroling. And remember, not every movie-to-TV adaptation deserves to go the way of the dodo. So let’s all put on our casting-director hats and figure out which talented thespians could turn Mr. and Mrs. Smith into the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer, M*A*S*H, or The Odd Couple.

Now, I’m guessing that since this isn’t pay cable, our protagonists can’t spend every week trying to obliterate each other with heavy artillery, then having explosive make-up sex. (Can they?) This puts me of the opinion that, in addition to piercing eyes and a killer bod, the Mrs. is going to need to have a wry sense of humor. How about Wonderfalls‘ Caroline Dhavernas, a stunning funnylady who really ought to be a household name by now. As for the male lead, nobody’s going to match the physical perfection that is Brad Pitt…unless maybe ABC rescues the delectable Brennan Elliott from What About Brian. Any actor who still smells like a star after emerging from that stinking mess really deserves his own series.

Anyhow, that’s my casting memo to the folks at ABC. If you’ve got a better idea, then by all means, holla back!addCredit(“Dhavernas: Amy Graves/WireImage.com; Elliott: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images”)


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  • Evie

    I think Mr. Smith should be Taye Diggs, to make up for Daybreak. The TV show (assuming it could work at all) could work if the leads are even interracial. I can’t think who for Mrs. Smith, though…

  • Evie

    Me again – what I meant to say was that the show could work if the leads are non-white, or even interracial. Just wanted to clarify. OK, I’m leaving now… :)

  • Nicholas

    How about Lost castoff Ian Somerhalder? ABC owes him one for booting him too soon. As for Mrs. Smith, Monica Keena (ex-Entourage and Undeclared) or Kelli Garner would be fantasic. Both have Angelina type bodies, read into that what you will, and would attract me to the TV.

  • junior

    Michael, I’m liking Caroline Dhavernas as the girl spy and with a kickin’ haircut and super-fit bod, she would be more believable as a stealthy super spy than our girl Felicity ever was (can’t stand those awful cosmetic ads).
    As for the man, how could you not rescue the hotness that is Kyle Chandler from his old man role on “Friday Night Lights,” and put him in something tight and black like his turn on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Or what about Simon Baker? Before you say show killer, maybe he just hasn’t found the right vehicle. Or Scott Speedman, he’s gotta have something to do while not making an “Underworld” movie. Or, we could flip the script and go with Franky G. Or, maybe I should stop thinking about this and get back to work.

  • Dave

    Evie, you are one the right track, I’m voting for Gabrille Union as Mrs. Smith! She could totatlly pull it off and has major sex appeal if you ask me.

  • BamaEd

    Mr. Smith – Josh Duhamel. Will Las Vegas be running forever? He’s got the looks and charm.
    Mrs. Smith – Lauren Graham, if this is GG’s last season.
    Carla Gugino, underrated actress. Great in Sin City. Critical fave for Karen Sisco.
    Jill Hennessey. Can’t see Jordan lasting longer either. Perfect is Duhamel is Mr. Smith. They did great in their crossovers.

  • Jason

    Slezak rocks! Thank you for giving Dhavernas some love! She should be a superstar. Thinking about Wonderfalls’ early demise still makes me feel sick to my stomach. And now she’s all but vanished. She’s a great choice. For anything. Everything. Love her.

  • Josh

    A columnist at TV Guide suggested Charisma Carpenter for the role, and now I read the suggestion of Ms. Dhavernas, and I’m torn. As for the guy… um… what about someone from another “Smith,” a Mr. Simon Baker?

  • Fatima

    I like the suggestions of Carla Gugino and Gabrielle Union. ABC owes both of them for too early cancellations.

  • Marc

    how about Mrs & Mrs Smith and have two hot babes à la baywatch staring? I`d watch!

  • Silas Bent

    Brennan Elliott looks like the next guy to be outed by Perez Hilton. That girl you chose, Michael, I would kick out of bed for eating biscuits. Nay on both.

  • Nikki

    I also think that Carla Gugino would be great as Mrs. Smith, as for Mr. Smith I don’t have any idea’s.

  • ¡JB!

    For Mr. Smith, I vote Bradley Cooper. Sexy and charming, plus he got to show some action chops in “Alias.”

  • step

    Completely agree on Caroline Dhavernas. Although I would watch her on any show ever made.

  • t-fal

    How about Smith Jerrod from sex & the city? his name is jason something. I haven’t seen him in 2 much lately

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