History DemotedToExtra / LiveActionTV

14th Aug '16 7:11:47 PM merotoker
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* After Don Knotts' departure from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' as a regular, his character of Barney Fife was brought back as a guest for at least one episode in each of the remaining seasons.

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* After Don Knotts' Creator/DonKnotts' departure from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' as a regular, his character of Barney Fife was brought back as a guest for at least one episode in each of the remaining seasons.



* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' Alan, Amy, and Morgan Matthews are demoted during seasons 6 and 7 when the main characters went to college.

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* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''
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Alan, Amy, and Morgan Matthews are demoted during seasons 6 and 7 when the main characters went to college.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', has a terrible habit of promoting recurring characters to the opening titles, but then giving them less to do, or simply giving less to regulars with each passing season. Among them:

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has a terrible habit of promoting recurring characters to the opening titles, but then giving them less to do, or simply giving less to regulars with each passing season. Among them:



* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'':
** Christina Gallagher has a fairly prominent role as Peter Russo's girlfriend/assistant in Season 1. In Season 2, [[spoiler:she's kept around by becoming Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez's assistant, but with no real arc besides Claire briefly using her to manipulate the First Lady and strain Walker's marriage. After Frank manipulates Linda into resigning, Christina is very quietly transferred out]].
** The head of the Underwoods' Secret Service detail, Edward Meechum, had a subplot in Season 2, is largely reduced to silently escorting people around in Season 3. He is given a little bit more to do in season 4, and then is promptly killed off a third of the way through the season when he's shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt on Frank.



* While it was understandable that [[DaChief Captain Deakins]] of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' was not used as heavily as other Captains/Lieutenants in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe (as his actor, Jamey Sheridan, lived on the West Coast while all the scenes were filmed in New York and he eventually left the series due to stress of traveling and health issues), ADA Ron Carver gets this trope pretty badly. Within the first four seasons, he worked alongside Goren and Eames as the competent and by-the-book (if not underused) "Order" side to coincide with the "Law" aspect of the series. However, gradually within season four, namely with the return of Detective Mike Logan, he would share a scene or two with whichever detective team was in that particular episode [[ObstructiveBureaucrat just to inform them of what they legally can't do in a case]] and offer a suspect a deal [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse before being written off the show without a clear reason.]] Even on ThisVeryWiki underneath ''CI's'' character page, both characters' profiles have been mysteriously deleted.
* In the first half of the first season of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' Eliot Stabler's four children were regular characters, however after that they became infrequent recurrers showing up about once season. Two of his daughters have not even been seen since the seventh season and between that and the first they had about 3 appearances each. This oldest son (who is the twin of one of the daughters) has remained showing up about once a year and later had ADayInTheLimelight, and his middle daughter had a subplot about her being a bipolar thieving drug addict.
** The entire rest of the supporting cast on SVU has fallen victim to this. Most noticeably are Munch, Fin, and Huang, who used to get entire subplots in every episode and now don't even appear in half of them. Cragen might have a scene or two, and Liz might have a line per episode. Nowhere ''near'' the screentime of Stabler, Benson, and the ADA (Alex, Casey, or whoever the rotating one may be).

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* While it was understandable that [[DaChief Captain Deakins]] of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' was not used as heavily as other Captains/Lieutenants in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe (as his actor, Jamey Sheridan, lived on the West Coast while all the scenes were filmed in New York and he eventually left the series due to stress of traveling and health issues), ADA Ron Carver gets this trope pretty badly. Within the first four seasons, he worked alongside Goren and Eames as the competent and by-the-book (if not underused) "Order" side to coincide with the "Law" aspect of the series. However, gradually within season four, namely with the return of Detective Mike Logan, he would share a scene or two with whichever detective team was in that particular episode [[ObstructiveBureaucrat just to inform them of what they legally can't do in a case]] and offer a suspect a deal [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse before being written off the show without a clear reason.]] Even on ThisVeryWiki [[Wiki/TVTropes This Very Wiki]] underneath ''CI's'' character page, both characters' profiles have been mysteriously deleted.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
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In the first half of the first season of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' Eliot Stabler's four children were regular characters, however after that they became infrequent recurrers showing up about once season. Two of his daughters have not even been seen since the seventh season and between that and the first they had about 3 appearances each. This oldest son (who is the twin of one of the daughters) has remained showing up about once a year and later had ADayInTheLimelight, and his middle daughter had a subplot about her being a bipolar thieving drug addict.
** The entire rest of the supporting cast on SVU has fallen victim to this. Most noticeably are Munch, Fin, and Huang, who used to get entire subplots in every episode and now don't even appear in half of them. Cragen might have a scene or two, and Liz might have a line per episode. Nowhere ''near'' the screentime of Stabler, Benson, and the ADA (Alex, Casey, or whoever the rotating one may be).



* Happened to Rene David in Season 2 of ''Series/TheLunchroom''. Despite being Will's love interest and the closest thing to a female lead the show had in the first season, she only has a few minors scenes before dissappearing without explanation.

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* Happened to Rene David in Season 2 of ''Series/TheLunchroom''. Despite being Will's love interest and the closest thing to a female lead the show had in the first season, she only has a few minors scenes before dissappearing disappearing without explanation.



* Especially in Season One, ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' had a habit of taking the names of reasonably significant Arthurian characters, like Pellinore, and giving them to random knights, [[RedshirtArmy who were then killed]].

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* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''
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Especially in Season One, ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' the show had a habit of taking the names of reasonably significant Arthurian characters, like Pellinore, and giving them to random knights, [[RedshirtArmy who were then killed]].



** From a ''Series/SuperSentai'' standpoint, the respective [[BigBad Big Bads]] of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', Dai Satan and Shadam, were both reduced to being a simple MonsterOfTheWeek for Rita and Lord Zedd (although Dai Satan's counterpart, Lokar, at least had a slightly significant role, being an integral part of Rita's schemes in two separate two-part episodes).

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** From a ''Series/SuperSentai'' standpoint, the respective [[BigBad Big Bads]] {{Big Bad}}s of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', Dai Satan and Shadam, were both reduced to being a simple MonsterOfTheWeek for Rita and Lord Zedd (although Dai Satan's counterpart, Lokar, at least had a slightly significant role, being an integral part of Rita's schemes in two separate two-part episodes).



* Mindy's best friend Gwen was a series regular at the beginning of ''Series/TheMindyProject'', but only appeared in the occasional episode before being written out entirely. Danny also had incerasingly sporadic appearances throughout season 4.

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* Mindy's best friend Gwen was a series regular at the beginning of ''Series/TheMindyProject'', but only appeared in the occasional episode before being written out entirely. Danny also had incerasingly increasingly sporadic appearances throughout season 4.



** Johnny Fiama and Sal Minella, after 2005. In fact, most characters created for disappeared entirely once the show was cancelled; Johnny, Sal and BreakoutCharacter Pepe are notable for sticking around at all.

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** Johnny Fiama and Sal Minella, after 2005. In fact, most characters created for ''Tonight'' disappeared entirely once the show was cancelled; Johnny, Sal and BreakoutCharacter Pepe are notable for sticking around at all.



* Jimmy Cooper as of season two of ''Series/TheOC''. Tate Donnovan still received an AndStarring in the opening credits, but Jimmy didn't really do anything other than hang out on his boat.

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* Jimmy Cooper as of season two of ''Series/TheOC''. ''Series/TheOC'' Tate Donnovan still received an AndStarring in the opening credits, but Jimmy didn't really do anything other than hang out on his boat.



* Forgetful Jones has not been given any prominent roles on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since 1992, but has made recent nonspeaking background appearances.The character's initial retirement was due out of respect for Hunt's death.

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* Forgetful Jones has not been given any prominent roles on ''Series/SesameStreet'' since 1992, but has made recent nonspeaking background appearances. The character's initial retirement was due out of respect for Hunt's death.



* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'':
** Christina Gallagher has a fairly prominent role as Peter Russo's girlfriend/assistant in Season 1. In Season 2, [[spoiler:she's kept around by becoming Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez's assistant, but with no real arc besides Claire briefly using her to manipulate the First Lady and strain Walker's marriage. After Frank manipulates Linda into resigning, Christina is very quietly transferred out]].
** The head of the Underwoods' Secret Service detail, Edward Meechum, had a subplot in Season 2, is largely reduced to silently escorting people around in Season 3. He is given a little bit more to do in season 4, and then is promptly killed off a third of the way through the season when he's shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt on Frank.
30th Jun '16 7:00:18 PM wuggles
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* Mindy's best friend Gwen was a series regular at the beginning of ''Series/TheMindyProject'', but now only appears in the occasional episode.

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* Mindy's best friend Gwen was a series regular at the beginning of ''Series/TheMindyProject'', but now only appears appeared in the occasional episode.episode before being written out entirely. Danny also had incerasingly sporadic appearances throughout season 4.
25th Jun '16 8:03:32 PM Erin582
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* While it was understandable that [[DaChief Captain Deakins]] of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' was not used as heavily as other Captains/Lieutenants in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe (as his actor, Jamey Sheridan, lived on the West Coast while all the scenes were filmed in New York and he eventually left the series due to stress of traveling and health issues), ADA Ron Carver gets this trope pretty badly. Within the first four seasons, he worked alongside Goren and Eames as the competent and by-the-book (if not underused) "Order" side to coincide with the "Law" aspect of the series. However, gradually within season four, namely with the return of Detective Mike Logan, he would share a scene or two with whichever detective team was in that particular episode [[ObstructiveBureaucrat just to inform them of what they legally can't do in a case]] and offer a suspect a deal [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse before being written off the show without a clear reason.]] Even on ThisVeryWiki underneath ''CI's'' character page, both characters' profiles have been mysteriously deleted.
23rd May '16 11:05:52 AM DaibhidC
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** If your familiarity with the Muppets is only with the movies, it comes as a surprise to see what a major character Link was on the Muppet Show proper. After Jim Henson died, however, Link pretty much [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared.]]

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** If your familiarity with the Muppets is only with the movies, it comes as a surprise to see what a major character Link Hogthrob was on the Muppet Show proper. After Jim Henson died, however, Link pretty much [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared.]]He only had cameos in the films (he has a very brief speaking role in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'', and then is reduced to background character until an equally brief role in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'').



** Johnny Fiama and Sal Minella, after 2005.

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** Johnny Fiama and Sal Minella, after 2005. In fact, most characters created for disappeared entirely once the show was cancelled; Johnny, Sal and BreakoutCharacter Pepe are notable for sticking around at all.


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* As ''Series/OnceUponATime'' kept introducing more characters from outside Storybrooke, everyone who wasn't part of the Snow-Charming family started getting reduced to cameos. This gets a LampshadeHanging in season 5: Leroy/Grumpy says the dwarfs will join the quest to Camelot because they're tired of not being involved in things. They proceed to get written completely into the background of the Camelot storyline.
8th Apr '16 8:12:40 AM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'':
** Christina Gallagher has a fairly prominent role as Peter Russo's girlfriend/assistant in Season 1. In Season 2, [[spoiler:she's kept around by becoming Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez's assistant, but with no real arc besides Claire briefly using her to manipulate the First Lady and strain Walker's marriage. After Frank manipulates Linda into resigning, Christina is very quietly transferred out]].
** The head of the Underwoods' Secret Service detail, Edward Meechum, had a subplot in Season 2, is largely reduced to silently escorting people around in Season 3. He is given a little bit more to do in season 4, and then is promptly killed off a third of the way through the season when he's shot by Lucas Goodwin in an assassination attempt on Frank.
3rd Apr '16 5:51:49 PM merotoker
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* ''Series/BeatTheClock'' is a rare example of both AscendedExtra and DemotedToExtra. The 1970s version was originally hosted by Jack Narz, with Gene Wood as announcer; Narz stepped down, with Wood taking over as host and Nick Holenreich announcing. A later revival from 1979 to 1980 had Narz as the ''announcer'' and [[LetsMakeADeal Monty Hall]] as host.
* During the first season of ''BeverlyHills90210,'' Scott Scanlon is David Silvers' best friend. As David becomes accepted by Brandon and Brenda's friends, Scott is pushed into the background since he doesn't fit in with that group. He eventually develops a liking for country music and accidentally kills himself in front of David while playing with his father's gun in a second-season episode.

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* ''Series/BeatTheClock'' is a rare example of both AscendedExtra and DemotedToExtra. The 1970s version was originally hosted by Jack Narz, with Gene Wood as announcer; Narz stepped down, with Wood taking over as host and Nick Holenreich announcing. A later revival from 1979 to 1980 had Narz as the ''announcer'' and [[LetsMakeADeal [[Series/LetsMakeADeal Monty Hall]] as host.
* During the first season of ''BeverlyHills90210,'' ''Series/BeverlyHills90210,'' Scott Scanlon is David Silvers' best friend. As David becomes accepted by Brandon and Brenda's friends, Scott is pushed into the background since he doesn't fit in with that group. He eventually develops a liking for country music and accidentally kills himself in front of David while playing with his father's gun in a second-season episode.



* John Thorton in ''Series/{{TheCallOfTheWild|2000}}''. While he plays the main role in show, he's not Buck's owner.

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* John Thorton in ''Series/{{TheCallOfTheWild|2000}}''.''Series/{{The Call of the Wild|2000}}''. While he plays the main role in show, he's not Buck's owner.



* Since Season 4 of ''Series/ICarly'' started, Freddie's mom Mrs. Benson, has been used sparingly. It's possible that Gibby being promoted to the main cast is the reason for this.

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* Since Season 4 of ''Series/ICarly'' started, Freddie's mom Mrs. Benson, has been was used sparingly. It's possible that Gibby being promoted to the main cast is the reason for this.



** Bulk and Skull start getting less screen time as time went on. First in ''Turbo'' they were turned into chimps for a good portion of the series. It wasn't until ''In Space'' that their screen time was cut significantly due to the focus being on space travel and the rangers having little time on Earth. Aside from one small cameo, the duo are mostly absent through the series middle episodes. with the bulk (no pun intended) being at the beginning and end of the series.

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** Bulk and Skull start getting less screen time as time went on. First in ''Turbo'' they were turned into chimps for a good portion of the series. It wasn't until ''In Space'' that their screen time was cut significantly due to the focus being on space travel and the rangers having little time on Earth. Aside from one small cameo, the duo are mostly absent through the series middle episodes. episodes with the bulk (no pun intended) being at the beginning and end of the series.



* Though he isn't a huge character in the book, Mr. Palmer is only briefly featured in one scene of [[Series/SenseAndSensibility the 1971 Sense and Sensibility Mini-series]] - the ball where the Palmers are first introduced - and is never seen again. Therefore, we get none of the character development from the novel when the Dashwoods become better acquainted him during their stay at Cleveland.

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* Though he isn't a huge character in the book, Mr. Palmer is only briefly featured in one scene of [[Series/SenseAndSensibility the 1971 Sense and Sensibility Mini-series]] ''Series/SenseAndSensibility'' Mini-series - the ball where the Palmers are first introduced - and is never seen again. Therefore, we get none of the character development from the novel when the Dashwoods become better acquainted him during their stay at Cleveland.



** Judy Gold also seems to be appearing less and less in Season 14 and onward, despite her [[PromotedToOpeningTitles name being featured during opening credits now]].

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** Judy Gold also seems to be appearing less and less in Season 14 and onward, despite her [[PromotedToOpeningTitles [[PromotionToOpeningTitles name being featured during opening credits now]].



** Lorenzo Barese. After he is sent to jail in the season 1 finale he only appears from time to time, but mantains his captaincy throughout the series.

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** Lorenzo Barese. After he is sent to jail in the season 1 finale he only appears from time to time, but mantains maintains his captaincy throughout the series.



** Arrius was historically the one who ''defeated'' [[spoiler:Crixus]]. Here, he is portrayed as an EliteMook GeneralRipper whom the latter ''killed'' instead.

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** Arrius was historically the one who ''defeated'' [[spoiler:Crixus]]. Here, he is portrayed as an EliteMook {{Elite Mook|s}} GeneralRipper whom the latter ''killed'' instead.
12th Mar '16 4:21:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheAffair'': Some characters become much less prominent in the second season as the setting mostly moves away from Montauk, such as Bruce and Oscar.



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25th Jan '16 6:33:44 PM dpisel01
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** Pete Hornberger.

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** Pete Hornberger.Cerie Xerox in the last two seasons. This is explained near the very end of the series when the entire staff of TGS quits, and she reveals that she had actually quit two years prior. However, it's not explained why she continued to show up.
19th Jan '16 10:52:23 AM Kid
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** On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Weir and Ford did this before being dropped entirely Weir's actress could not return to do any more episodes (despite the writers having plans for a longer arc involving her), so they pulled (another) TheOtherDarrin on her (the character's 2nd time) before having her PutOnABus. Ford just wasn't very interesting to them, so despite bringing him back several times he was eventually dropped.

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** On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Weir and Ford did this before being dropped entirely entirely. Weir's actress could not return to do any more episodes (despite the writers having plans for a longer arc involving her), so they pulled (another) TheOtherDarrin on her (the character's 2nd time) before having her PutOnABus. Ford just wasn't very interesting to them, so despite bringing him back several times he was eventually dropped.
19th Jan '16 10:47:56 AM Kid
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* Leslie Winkle showed up three times in the first season of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''', and her character was liked enough that the production team announced her as becoming a regular early in the second season. After about four episodes in, they quickly realized that she worked largely because she was a staunch, stubborn ArchEnemy to Sheldon with no real room for her own stories or even CharacterDevelopment. They quietly put her character aside and she shows up more sporadically since.

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* Leslie Winkle showed up three times in the first season of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''', ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', and her character was liked enough that the production team announced her as becoming a regular early in the second season. After about four episodes in, they quickly realized that she worked largely because she was a staunch, stubborn ArchEnemy to Sheldon with no real room for her own stories or even CharacterDevelopment. They quietly put her character aside and she shows up more sporadically since.
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