Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ensemble Cast Changes

We've talked about the cast change in Coupling, which is one of the funniest shows ever made.

When Richard Coyle, who played Jeff Murdock -- one of the main characters -- left after Season 3, the show lost a step or two.

An ensemble show like Coupling depends so much on the chemistry between the players -- major changes are usually fatal. I can only think of two shows that survived --even thrived -- after a major cast change.  A major casting actually workingis that rare:

The only 2 shows I can think of where it did were MASH --  Wayne Rogers as Capt. John Francis Xavier 'Trapper John' McIntyre (1972-1975) was replaced by Mike Farrell playing Capt. B.J. Hunnicut (1975-1983) -- and Cheers, with Shelley Long as Diane Chambers (1982-1987) swapped out for Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe (1987-1993). I think that worked but that was only cause most people couldn't stand the character of Diane.

While there must be others, nothing else pops into my head.

Any one have suggestions where the cast changes worked?

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Sure -- Bewitched.

Posted by: Will Sargent | Jan 29, 2005 1:25:04 PM

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