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* On opening night of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's 2009 revival of ''The Barber of Seville,'' mezzo-soprano Joyce [=DiDonato=] fell off the stage and fractured her leg. Rather than cancel the rest of the run, she sang every subsequent performance in a wheelchair and cast - event though Rosina [[CaptainObvious doesn't traditionally have a broken leg]], the libretto [[LoopholeAbuse never says she doesn't either.]]

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* On opening night of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden's 2009 revival of ''The Barber of Seville,'' mezzo-soprano Joyce [=DiDonato=] fell off the stage and fractured her leg. Rather than cancel the rest of the run, she sang every subsequent performance in a wheelchair and cast - event even though Rosina [[CaptainObvious doesn't traditionally have a broken leg]], the libretto [[LoopholeAbuse never says she doesn't either.]]
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[[folder:Game Shows]]
* Legendary GameShow host Creator/BillCullen was rarely seen walking on camera. This is because of a very noticeable limp, which he got after coming down with polio as a child, and he had it for the rest of his life. To avoid the obvious, Cullen was almost always seen sitting or standing at a podium after being introduced, in lieu of him walking on stage to greet the audience and home viewers; whenever he had to walk (such as offstage), the camera usually cut quickly so viewers would not notice Cullen's limp. It has been speculated that Cullen's physical ailment was the reason why he wasn't asked to host the 1972 revival of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', given plans to upgrade the show and the constant walking that would have been required. And when he was a celebrity partner on various versions of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' or ''Series/{{Password}}'', he and his celebrity opponent were shown seated at their desks with their respective contestants, instead of doing the traditional walk-on traditional of both shows.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'':
** Host Pat Sajak came down with laryngitis during a week of taping in 1996. On an episode that week, he and [[LovelyAssistant Vanna White]] traded places during the BonusRound; on another, he used hand signals throughout a round.
** If a contestant is unable to reach the Wheel (usually from being very short or physically handicapped), they are allowed to have a friend or family member spin for them. Obviously, unless it's a themed week with two-player teams, the "designated spinner" is not allowed to do anything else but spin.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'':
** The 28th season began with host Alex Trebek staying at his podium for the whole game, as opposed to walking out to the podiums to do the contestant interviews. This is because he tore an Achilles tendon during the summer while chasing a would-be burglar out of a hotel room. Similar accommodations happened again for the games following December 21st, 2015, due to Alex undergoing knee replacement surgery.
** Trebek has also done a few episodes with his wrist in a cast after receiving surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
** Season 25 had an unusual variant: contestant Priscilla Ball (who was champion on January 16, 2009) was unable to make the taping for her next episode. As a result, she was brought back as co-champion on an episode that aired in April.
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'': Guest celebrities who had physical ailments were invariably placed in one of the three lowest squares. This worked out for Cliff Arquette (aka Charley Weaver), the lower-lefthand celebrity during the original NBC daytime show, after he suffered a stroke in 1973 and had to use a wheelchair the rest of his life.
* Drew Carey taped several episodes of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' in Season 37 right after receiving foot surgery. He spent these episodes walking with a cane, also coming up with various methods to keep himself off that foot whenever possible (such as the models carrying him out on the first Item Up for Bids, and/or handling props on the pricing games so he doesn't have to walk over to them). In Season 40, shoulder surgery led to him spending several episodes in a sling.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* During filming of a basketball episode of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' Adam Devine tore his ACL, resulting in him being written into the hospital. This flowed perfectly with the episode, as it was played off as the result of his taking PCP supplied by Karl.
* Legendary GameShow host Creator/BillCullen was rarely seen walking on camera. This is because of a very noticeable limp, which he got after coming down with polio as a child, and he had it for the rest of his life. To avoid the obvious, Cullen was almost always seen sitting or standing at a podium after being introduced, in lieu of him walking on stage to greet the audience and home viewers; whenever he had to walk (such as offstage), the camera usually cut quickly so viewers would not notice Cullen's limp. It has been speculated that Cullen's physical ailment was the reason why he wasn't asked to host the 1972 revival of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', given plans to upgrade the show and the constant walking that would have been required. And when he was a celebrity partner on various versions of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' or ''Series/{{Password}}'', he and his celebrity opponent were shown seated at their desks with their respective contestants, instead of doing the traditional walk-on traditional of both shows.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'':
** Host Pat Sajak came down with laryngitis during a week of taping in 1996. On an episode that week, he and [[LovelyAssistant Vanna White]] traded places during the BonusRound; on another, he used hand signals throughout a round.
** If a contestant is unable to reach the Wheel (usually from being very short or physically handicapped), they are allowed to have a friend or family member spin for them. Obviously, unless it's a themed week with two-player teams, the "designated spinner" is not allowed to do anything else but spin.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'':
** The 28th season began with host Alex Trebek staying at his podium for the whole game, as opposed to walking out to the podiums to do the contestant interviews. This is because he tore an Achilles tendon during the summer while chasing a would-be burglar out of a hotel room. Similar accommodations happened again for the games following December 21st, 2015, due to Alex undergoing knee replacement surgery.
** Trebek has also done a few episodes with his wrist in a cast after receiving surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
** Season 25 had an unusual variant: contestant Priscilla Ball (who was champion on January 16, 2009) was unable to make the taping for her next episode. As a result, she was brought back as co-champion on an episode that aired in April.
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'': Guest celebrities who had physical ailments were invariably placed in one of the three lowest squares. This worked out for Cliff Arquette (aka Charley Weaver), the lower-lefthand celebrity during the original NBC daytime show, after he suffered a stroke in 1973 and had to use a wheelchair the rest of his life.
* Drew Carey taped several episodes of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' in Season 37 right after receiving foot surgery. He spent these episodes walking with a cane, also coming up with various methods to keep himself off that foot whenever possible (such as the models carrying him out on the first Item Up for Bids, and/or handling props on the pricing games so he doesn't have to walk over to them). In Season 40, shoulder surgery led to him spending several episodes in a sling.
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': One of the most visible and popular characters was Floyd Lawson, aka "Floyd the Barber." During the series' third season, Howard [=McNear=], the actor who played him, suffered a major stroke, which left him unable to walk. Special accommodations were made to allow [=McNear=] to continue his role, usually by having him sit in a chair at the shop or by having him lean against an unseen stand (to make it appear he was working); although there were times his speech was slurred, [=McNear=] remained on the show as long as his health continued. Floyd the Barber makes appearances through the end of the 1966-1967 season, when failing health no longer allowed [=McNear=] to continue; he died in 1969, less than a year after the final show aired.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the spring of 1978, Karl Swenson, who played beloved town founder and mill owner Lars Hanson, became terminally ill, and it took a very noticeable toll on his appearance and energy. At the same time, Michael Landon had commissioned a five-week-long story arc where -- building on the 1977-1978 finale -- Walnut Grove greatly suffers the ill effects of an economic depression, prompting the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys to move to Winoka for better opportunity. It was decided that, given Swenson's failing health, the character of Mr. Hanson would play a key role in the final part of the episode's story, where he suffers a massive stroke and, bedridden, bitterly concedes the death of his town and wishes for his death. All of Hanson's scenes show him either in bed or -- in the final scene -- walking and talking with great difficulty. His death told as happening shortly after the events of the episode -- was written in with the expectation he was not coming back. He didn't; at age 70, Swenson died of a heart condition.
** The 1976 episode ''"Bunny"'' focused on Nellie [[ObfuscatingDisability pretending to be paralyzed]] after falling from a horse that Laura had sold to Mr. Oleson. Shortly before filming began, Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie) broke her arm and rather than wait for the arm to heal (thus delaying production); Arngrim's broken arm was written in as an additional injury.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': When Michael Conrad the beloved Sgt. Phil Esterhaus was suffering from the final stages of cancer, he agreed to continue as long as his health allowed. As such, Esterhaus only appeared in the opening scenes (at "roll call") and very sporadically otherwise. After Conrad completed his last episode, shows that were filmed prior to his death depicted Sgt. Esterhaus as "away" (or sometimes, tending to other business). Only after Conrad's death was [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Esterhaus' death written in]].
* Creator/PruittTaylorVince has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathologic_nystagmus pathologic nystagmus,]] and so do some of the characters he played, e.g. on ''Series/TheXFiles'' and ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Creator/JamesMarsters has a scar on his left eyebrow from a mugging. This was written into ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' canon when his character Spike gets cut in the same spot while fighting a Chinese Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion.
* In the third season of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', John Lithgow (Dick) broke his leg playing tennis or racketball or something. Dick (who never stands in the episode immediately after the accident) rides a wheelchair down the stairs breaking his leg. This is complicated because Dick had already sprained his ankle in season two. (Most plots revolve around the characters learning about some aspect of life on Earth, like say getting injured.)
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** When Creator/JerrySeinfeld had laryngitis, his character made a comment about losing his voice after performing a very rowdy set.
** In another episode, the character Elaine screams at a barking dog all night. Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus injured her voice filming that scene, so her character was given the same injury.
* When Creator/MattLeBlanc had a sling on his arm, it was turned into a very effective joke on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' about Joey having a bed-jumping mishap.

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During filming of a basketball episode of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' Adam Devine tore his ACL, resulting in him being written into the hospital. This flowed perfectly with the episode, as it was played off as the result of his taking PCP supplied by Karl.
* Legendary GameShow host Creator/BillCullen was rarely seen walking on camera. This is because of a very noticeable limp, which he got after coming down with polio as a child, and he had it for the rest of his life. To avoid the obvious, Cullen was almost always seen sitting or standing at a podium after being introduced, in lieu of him walking on stage to greet the audience and home viewers; whenever he had to walk (such as offstage), the camera usually cut quickly so viewers would not notice Cullen's limp. It has been speculated that Cullen's physical ailment was the reason why he wasn't asked to host the 1972 revival of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', given plans to upgrade the show and the constant walking that would have been required. And when he was a celebrity partner on various versions of ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' or ''Series/{{Password}}'', he and his celebrity opponent were shown seated at their desks with their respective contestants, instead of doing the traditional walk-on traditional of both shows.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'':
** Host Pat Sajak came down with laryngitis during a week of taping in 1996. On an episode that week, he and [[LovelyAssistant Vanna White]] traded places during the BonusRound; on another, he used hand signals throughout a round.
** If a contestant is unable to reach the Wheel (usually from being very short or physically handicapped), they are allowed to have a friend or family member spin for them. Obviously, unless it's a themed week with two-player teams, the "designated spinner" is not allowed to do anything else but spin.
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'':
** The 28th season began with host Alex Trebek staying at his podium for the whole game, as opposed to walking out to the podiums to do the contestant interviews. This is because he tore an Achilles tendon during the summer while chasing a would-be burglar out of a hotel room. Similar accommodations happened again for the games following December 21st, 2015, due to Alex undergoing knee replacement surgery.
** Trebek has also done a few episodes with his wrist in a cast after receiving surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
** Season 25 had an unusual variant: contestant Priscilla Ball (who was champion on January 16, 2009) was unable to make the taping for her next episode. As a result, she was brought back as co-champion on an episode that aired in April.
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'': Guest celebrities who had physical ailments were invariably placed in one of the three lowest squares. This worked out for Cliff Arquette (aka Charley Weaver), the lower-lefthand celebrity during the original NBC daytime show, after he suffered a stroke in 1973 and had to use a wheelchair the rest of his life.
* Drew Carey taped several episodes of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' in Season 37 right after receiving foot surgery. He spent these episodes walking with a cane, also coming up with various methods to keep himself off that foot whenever possible (such as the models carrying him out on the first Item Up for Bids, and/or handling props on the pricing games so he doesn't have to walk over to them). In Season 40, shoulder surgery led to him spending several episodes in a sling.
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': One of the most visible and popular characters was Floyd Lawson, aka "Floyd the Barber." During the series' third season, Howard [=McNear=], the actor who played him, suffered a major stroke, which left him unable to walk. Special accommodations were made to allow [=McNear=] to continue his role, usually by having him sit in a chair at the shop or by having him lean against an unseen stand (to make it appear he was working); although there were times his speech was slurred, [=McNear=] remained on the show as long as his health continued. Floyd the Barber makes appearances through the end of the 1966-1967 season, when failing health no longer allowed [=McNear=] to continue; he died in 1969, less than a year after the final show aired.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the spring of 1978, Karl Swenson, who played beloved town founder and mill owner Lars Hanson, became terminally ill, and it took a very noticeable toll on his appearance and energy. At the same time, Michael Landon had commissioned a five-week-long story arc where -- building on the 1977-1978 finale -- Walnut Grove greatly suffers the ill effects of an economic depression, prompting the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys to move to Winoka for better opportunity. It was decided that, given Swenson's failing health, the character of Mr. Hanson would play a key role in the final part of the episode's story, where he suffers a massive stroke and, bedridden, bitterly concedes the death of his town and wishes for his death. All of Hanson's scenes show him either in bed or -- in the final scene -- walking and talking with great difficulty. His death told as happening shortly after the events of the episode -- was written in with the expectation he was not coming back. He didn't; at age 70, Swenson died of a heart condition.
** The 1976 episode ''"Bunny"'' focused on Nellie [[ObfuscatingDisability pretending to be paralyzed]] after falling from a horse that Laura had sold to Mr. Oleson. Shortly before filming began, Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie) broke her arm and rather than wait for the arm to heal (thus delaying production); Arngrim's broken arm was written in as an additional injury.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': When Michael Conrad the beloved Sgt. Phil Esterhaus was suffering from the final stages of cancer, he agreed to continue as long as his health allowed. As such, Esterhaus only appeared in the opening scenes (at "roll call") and very sporadically otherwise. After Conrad completed his last episode, shows that were filmed prior to his death depicted Sgt. Esterhaus as "away" (or sometimes, tending to other business). Only after Conrad's death was [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Esterhaus' death written in]].
* Creator/PruittTaylorVince has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathologic_nystagmus pathologic nystagmus,]] and so do some of the characters he played, e.g. on ''Series/TheXFiles'' and ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Creator/JamesMarsters has a scar on his left eyebrow from a mugging. This was written into ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' canon when his character Spike gets cut in the same spot while fighting a Chinese Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion.
* In the third season of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', John Lithgow (Dick) broke his leg playing tennis or racketball or something. Dick (who never stands in the episode immediately after the accident) rides a wheelchair down the stairs breaking his leg. This is complicated because Dick had already sprained his ankle in season two. (Most plots revolve around the characters learning about some aspect of life on Earth, like say getting injured.)
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** When Creator/JerrySeinfeld had laryngitis, his character made a comment about losing his voice after performing a very rowdy set.
** In another episode, the character Elaine screams at a barking dog all night. Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus injured her voice filming that scene, so her character was given the same injury.
* When Creator/MattLeBlanc had a sling on his arm, it was turned into a very effective joke on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' about Joey having a bed-jumping mishap.
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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
** When Creator/LucyLawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', it led to several episodes being written to have less action than a usual episode or [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena in someone else's body]].
** There was also the time in season 3 when Gabrielle broke her ankle trying to imitate Xena's somersaults. Renee O'Connor really did break her ankle during shooting. Then [[FromBadToWorse Gabrielle was poisoned by Persians]].
* When Creator/AnissaJones, Buffy on the '60s DomCom ''Series/FamilyAffair'', broke her leg, the writers wrote it into the show.
* When actor Jared Padalecki injured his wrist in a stunt on an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the injury was explained by his character being tackled during a [[RuleOfCool fight with a zombie]], explaining the presence of a cast for the next four episodes.
** The next episode filmed features much less of Padalecki's character, Sam, because post-wrist surgery, Padalecki was prescribed painkillers that left him a little loopy.
** Similarly, when Padalecki injured his shoulder (apparently caused by off-screen shenanigans that involved wrestling with fellow actor Osric Chau) and needed to wear a sling, several episodes involved poking fun at Sam for getting his shoulder injured off-screen in a [[NoodleIncident noodle incident]] between Padalecki's character, Sam, Misha Collins' character, Castiel, and a demon.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
** When Creator/LucyLawless
''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' had lead character Creator/JamesHerriot confined to the vet's surgery for a while after actor Christopher Timothy injured his leg. Conveniently, Herriot had something similar happen to him in the original books after an especially uncooperative carthorse punted him halfway across a farmyard.
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'': One of the most visible and popular characters
was thrown Floyd Lawson, aka "Floyd the Barber". During the series' third season, Howard [=McNear=], the actor who played him, suffered a major stroke, which left him unable to walk. Special accommodations were made to allow [=McNear=] to continue his role, usually by having him sit in a chair at the shop or by having him lean against an unseen stand (to make it appear he was working); although there were times his speech was slurred, [=McNear=] remained on the show as long as his health continued. Floyd the Barber makes appearances through the end of the 1966-1967 season, when failing health no longer allowed [=McNear=] to continue; he died in 1969, less than a year after the final show aired.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was confined to bed by a nightmare-demon-parasite thing in the fifth-season episode "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E10SoulPurpose}} Soul Purpose]]", then turned into a puppet four episodes later in "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E14SmileTime}} Smile Time]]" as Creator/DavidBoreanaz recovered
from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', it led to knee surgery. Even still, they framed several episodes being written to have less action than a usual episode Angel constantly sitting in his chair or [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena in someone else's body]].
otherwise leaning against his desk just to give David a break. (Unable to stand or walk much, Boreanaz contributed by directing "Soul Purpose," his first TV director's credit.)
** There Alexis Denisof was also stricken with Bell's palsy shortly before shooting "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E01Conviction}} Conviction]]". Most shots with Wesley showed only the time in season 3 when Gabrielle broke her ankle trying to imitate Xena's somersaults. Renee O'Connor really did break her ankle during shooting. Then [[FromBadToWorse Gabrielle was poisoned by Persians]].
* When Creator/AnissaJones, Buffy on the '60s DomCom ''Series/FamilyAffair'', broke her leg, the writers wrote it into the show.
* When actor Jared Padalecki injured
non-paralyzed right half of his wrist in a stunt on face.
** Although Creator/JossWhedon maintains he wanted to kill off
an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the injury was explained by his "opening credits" character being tackled during a [[RuleOfCool fight early in the first season from the beginning the decision for it to be [[spoiler:Doyle]] was made due to the actor's ongoing problems with a zombie]], explaining drugs making him impossible to work with. He was going to be written into the presence of a cast for last season (according to fifth season DVD commentaries), but due to the next four episodes.
** The next episode filmed features much less of Padalecki's character, Sam, because post-wrist surgery, Padalecki
actor's death, the role was prescribed painkillers that left him a little loopy.
** Similarly, when Padalecki injured his shoulder (apparently caused by off-screen shenanigans that involved wrestling with fellow actor Osric Chau) and needed
rewritten to wear bring back another fan favorite [[spoiler:Lindsey]] instead, who uses the original character's name as a sling, several episodes involved poking fun at Sam for getting his shoulder injured off-screen in a [[NoodleIncident noodle incident]] between Padalecki's character, Sam, Misha Collins' character, Castiel, and a demon.disguise.



** In the second season episode "[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS02E03TheGeometryOfShadows}} The Geometry of Shadows]]", Claudia Christian's real-life broken foot was explained by having her character get caught in the middle of an alien melee. Contrary to myth, she didn't break it on set; her [[EnforcedMethodActing very real cry of pain]] during that scene was caused by her landing awkwardly on her already-injured foot[[note]]Yes, that means she was walking around on a broken foot during the scene leading up to the fight[[/note]]. The following episode, "A Distant Star," managed to work her injury into a minor plot point.

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** In the second season episode "[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS02E03TheGeometryOfShadows}} The Geometry of Shadows]]", Claudia Christian's real-life broken foot was explained by having her character get caught in the middle of an alien melee. Contrary to myth, she didn't break it on set; her [[EnforcedMethodActing very real cry of pain]] during that scene was caused by her landing awkwardly on her already-injured foot[[note]]Yes, that means she was walking around on a broken foot during the scene leading up to the fight[[/note]]. The following episode, "A Distant Star," Star", managed to work her injury into a minor plot point.



* The only Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}} that has ever been killed off on the show is Kendrix Morgan, after actress Valerie Vernon collapsed on the set of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and was diagnosed with leukemia. (It SEEMS insensitive, but the series takes place on a space station, and there are no [[PutOnABus Peace Conferences]] in the Lost Galaxy. And she dies with an epic HeroicSacrifice). Her character returns to life in the GrandFinale and, fortunately, she recovered. In time to film the ReunionShow, even.
* When Michael Shanks had to sit out an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' after having an appendectomy, his character sits the episode out for the same reason. Also, instead of a scripted scene, Shanks got to ad-lib the discussion of his illness with Creator/RichardDeanAnderson. ("Can I see the scar?" "...''No''.")
* When Creator/StephenColbert broke his wrist before an episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', the next few weeks were full of wrist jokes like Colbert starting [=WristStrong=], which raises awareness for wrist injuries. Colbert's character also became addicted to painkillers, and started doing things like filling the empty bottle with water to make "pill juice," and crushing pills and putting the dust in his eyeballs. He even had his cast removed on air and sold it for charity. It raised $17,200. The [=WristStrong=] campaign included selling red rubber bracelets, parodying Lance Armstrong's [=LiveStrong=] bracelets. As of January 2008, [=WristStrong=] raised [[http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2008-01-24-colbert_N.htm $171,525 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund.]]
* Dana Elcar's character in ''Series/MacGyver'' became severely visually impaired from glaucoma when Elcar developed the condition.
* During the filming of the tenth episode of the original ''Series/KamenRider'', actor Hiroshi Fujioka (who also portrayed Segata Sanshiro in the Japanese marketing campaign for the Sega Saturn) was thrown from his motorcycle after crashing into a telephone pole, breaking both of his legs. How do you fix up the plot when your main character has just crippled himself? Easy; Create another Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider-2!
** This was because Fujioka did his own stunts up to and including wearing the Kamen Rider suit. After this however it was required for all tokusatsu program leads to have a separate suit actor for fight scenes to prevent a problem like from occurring again.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had suffered from heart troubles. When the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what had happened - which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.
** Another example from ''Series/TheWestWing'' comes from 2001 when Stockard Channing broke her ankle hiking. Her character was promptly given a similar injury to explain why she was wearing a cast.
** Martin Sheen has limited movement in his left arm, which is why he puts on his suit coat with that characteristic flipping gesture. In the episode Two Cathedrals the younger Jed does it as well (the movement is used to link the two time periods).
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia Dax got injured in a ship crash, in order to keep her lying in a cave recovering. Terry Farrell, who played Jadzia, had a skin condition preventing her from spending much time in the sun.
** The same skin condition prevented her from being heavily made-up, but when the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E01ApocalypseRising}} Apocalypse Rising]]" called for some of the crew to go undercover as Klingons instead of keeping Jadzia off the station for some reason, she simply wasn't picked for the mission (despite being second only to Worf in Klingon knowledge).
** Garak suffered from acute claustrophobia. This is because his actor Andrew J. Robinson suffered from the condition to such a degree that even wearing the Cardassian make-up could be a trial for him. In one two-part episode, Garak spends much of the plot inside a cramped space: unsurprisingly, it's also the episode that reveals he suffers from claustrophobia (although the condition had been hinted at earlier points in the show).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was confined to bed by a nightmare-demon-parasite thing in the fifth-season episode "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E10SoulPurpose}} Soul Purpose]]", then turned into a puppet four episodes later in "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E14SmileTime}} Smile Time]]" as Creator/DavidBoreanaz recovered from knee surgery. Even still, they framed several episodes to have Angel constantly sitting in his chair or otherwise leaning against his desk just to give David a break. (Unable to stand or walk much, Boreanaz contributed by directing "Soul Purpose," his first TV director's credit.)
** Alexis Denisof was stricken with Bell's palsy shortly before shooting "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E01Conviction}} Conviction]]". Most shots with Wesley showed only the non-paralyzed right half of his face.
** Although Creator/JossWhedon maintains he wanted to kill off an "opening credits" character early in the first season from the beginning the decision for it to be [[spoiler:Doyle]] was made due to the actor's ongoing problems with drugs making him impossible to work with. He was going to be written into the last season (according to fifth season DVD commentaries), but due to the actor's death, the role was rewritten to bring back another fan favorite [[spoiler:Lindsey]] instead, who uses the original character's name as a disguise.
* Creator/CynthiaWatros (Erin on ''Series/{{Titus}}'') broke her leg and they wrote the event into the storyline, saying that she stumbled trying to chase a burglar down. They even made it into a clever character moment when Papa Titus commented that she hurt herself running ''after'' a burglar, instead of running ''away'' from him.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff (Radar) was always carrying papers in or otherwise hiding [[http://i.imgur.com/wdC7A.jpg his left hand]] to cover up the fact that it's been deformed since birth.
* In ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes Prime Minister]]'', Jim Hacker spends most of his time sitting. This is because Paul Eddington had T cell lymphoma. It was so well written no one twigged.

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* The only Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}} that has ever been killed off on the show is Kendrix Morgan, after actress Valerie Vernon collapsed on the set of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and was diagnosed with leukemia. (It SEEMS insensitive, but the series takes place on a space station, and there are no [[PutOnABus Peace Conferences]] Ander's coma/hybridization in the Lost Galaxy. And she dies with an epic HeroicSacrifice). Her character returns to life last half-season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' was written in after the GrandFinale and, fortunately, she recovered. In time to film the ReunionShow, even.
actor was involved in a car accident so serious that it was initially unclear whether he'd walk again.
* When Michael Shanks RJ Mitte who plays Walt Jr on ''Series/BreakingBad'' has Cerebral Palsy as does his character. However, Mitte's palsy is far less severe so he had to sit out an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' after having an appendectomy, alter his speech and learn to walk with crutches.
* Creator/JamesMarsters has a scar on his left eyebrow from a mugging. This was written into ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' canon when
his character sits the episode out for Spike gets cut in the same reason. Also, instead of spot while fighting a scripted scene, Shanks got to ad-lib Chinese Slayer during the discussion Boxer Rebellion.
* Erik Estrada was in a motorcycle accident during one season
of ''Series/CHiPs'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from his illness with Creator/RichardDeanAnderson. ("Can I see the scar?" "...''No''.")
hospital bed.
* The first chief medical examiner on ''Series/TheCloser'', Dr. Crippen, made several appearances in a wheelchair when actor James Avery injured his foot.
* When Creator/StephenColbert broke his wrist before an episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', the next few weeks were full of wrist jokes like Colbert starting [=WristStrong=], which raises awareness for wrist injuries. Colbert's character also became addicted to painkillers, and started doing things like filling the empty bottle with water to make "pill juice," juice", and crushing pills and putting the dust in his eyeballs. He even had his cast removed on air and sold it for charity. It raised $17,200. The [=WristStrong=] campaign included selling red rubber bracelets, parodying Lance Armstrong's [=LiveStrong=] bracelets. As of January 2008, [=WristStrong=] raised [[http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2008-01-24-colbert_N.htm $171,525 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund.]]
* Dana Elcar's An unusual reversal of this trope happened in British soap opera ''Series/CoronationStreet''. The character in ''Series/MacGyver'' became severely visually impaired from glaucoma when Elcar developed Sally Webster had a storyline where she battles breast cancer. Turns out that the condition.
* During
actress who plays her, Sally Whittaker, ''discovered she had breast cancer as a result of researching the filming of the tenth episode of the original ''Series/KamenRider'', actor Hiroshi Fujioka (who also portrayed Segata Sanshiro in the Japanese marketing campaign storyline for the Sega Saturn) was thrown from his motorcycle after crashing into a telephone pole, breaking both of his legs. How do you fix up role''. She says that she would never have noticed if the plot when your main character has just crippled himself? Easy; Create another Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider-2!
** This was
storyline hadn't been given to her, so [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the show effectively saved her life]].
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Episodes in the 5th season had to be modified
because Fujioka did his own stunts up to two of the main actors -- Shemar Moore (who plays Derek Morgan) and including wearing the Kamen Rider suit. After this however it was required for all tokusatsu program leads to have a separate suit actor for fight scenes to prevent a problem like from occurring again.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had
Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Spencer Reid) -- both suffered from heart troubles. When significant leg injuries. There was a temporary but noticeable absence of the time came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in usual Derek-in-action shots (e.g., kicking down doors, tackling suspects), while the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final 5th season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the knowledge of what premiere had happened - which even the most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a touching tribute to Spencer at the start of the episode.
** Another example from ''Series/TheWestWing'' comes from 2001 when Stockard Channing broke her ankle hiking. Her character was promptly given a similar injury to explain why she was wearing a cast.
** Martin Sheen has limited movement in his left arm, which is why he puts on his suit coat with that characteristic flipping gesture. In the episode Two Cathedrals the younger Jed does it as well (the movement is used to link the two time periods).
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia Dax got injured in a ship crash,
Reid get shot in order to keep her lying in a cave recovering. Terry Farrell, who played Jadzia, had a skin condition preventing her from spending much time in the sun.
** The same skin condition prevented her from being heavily made-up, but when the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E01ApocalypseRising}} Apocalypse Rising]]" called
explain away his crutches or noticeable limp for some of the crew to go undercover as Klingons instead of keeping Jadzia off the station for some reason, she simply wasn't picked for the mission (despite being second only to Worf in Klingon knowledge).
** Garak suffered from acute claustrophobia. This is because his actor Andrew J. Robinson suffered from the condition to such a degree that even wearing the Cardassian make-up could be a trial for him. In one two-part episode, Garak spends much of the plot inside a cramped space: unsurprisingly, it's also the episode that reveals he suffers from claustrophobia (although the condition had been hinted at earlier points in the show).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was confined to bed by a nightmare-demon-parasite thing in the fifth-season episode "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E10SoulPurpose}} Soul Purpose]]", then turned into a puppet four episodes later in "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E14SmileTime}} Smile Time]]" as Creator/DavidBoreanaz recovered from knee surgery. Even still, they framed several episodes to have Angel constantly sitting in his chair or otherwise leaning against his desk just to give David a break. (Unable to stand or walk much, Boreanaz contributed by directing "Soul Purpose," his first TV director's credit.)
** Alexis Denisof was stricken with Bell's palsy shortly before shooting "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E01Conviction}} Conviction]]". Most shots with Wesley showed only the non-paralyzed right half of his face.
** Although Creator/JossWhedon maintains he wanted to kill off an "opening credits" character early in the first season from the beginning the decision for it to be [[spoiler:Doyle]] was made due to the actor's ongoing problems with drugs making him impossible to work with. He was going to be written into the last season (according to fifth season DVD commentaries), but due to the actor's death, the role was rewritten to bring back another fan favorite [[spoiler:Lindsey]] instead, who uses the original character's name as a disguise.
* Creator/CynthiaWatros (Erin on ''Series/{{Titus}}'') broke her leg and they wrote the event into the storyline, saying that she stumbled trying to chase a burglar down. They even made it into a clever character moment when Papa Titus commented that she hurt herself running ''after'' a burglar, instead of running ''away'' from him.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff (Radar) was always carrying papers in or otherwise hiding [[http://i.imgur.com/wdC7A.jpg his left hand]] to cover up the fact that it's been deformed since birth.
* In ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes Prime Minister]]'', Jim Hacker spends
most of his time sitting. This is because Paul Eddington had T cell lymphoma. It was so well written no one twigged.the season's episodes.



* The Starz production of ''Series/{{Spartacus|BloodAndSand}}'' had to completely revamp the plans for the second season when Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The producers decided to make the second "season" a prequel miniseries featuring the characters other than Spartacus, framed with earlier footage from the final moments of the first season to give themselves time to try to figure out what to do. When Whitfield's cancer recurred, they [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] the role with Liam [=McIntyre=], with Whitfield's blessing (he died before the third season was broadcast).

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* The Starz Horse-riding fan Kaley Cuoco managed to break one of her legs in a riding accident during production of ''Series/{{Spartacus|BloodAndSand}}'' had to completely revamp the plans for the second season when Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The producers decided to make the second "season" on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' AND ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; this is why she spends a prequel miniseries featuring the characters other than Spartacus, framed with earlier footage from the final moments few episodes of the first season to give themselves time to try to figure out what to do. former wearing a cast and why she... [[AbsenteeActor doesn't appear at all]] in a few episodes of the latter. When Whitfield's cancer recurred, they [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] she returned, she spent several episodes working at the role with Liam [=McIntyre=], with Whitfield's blessing (he died before restaurant as a bartender rather than a waitress so she wouldn't have to walk around.
* During
the third season filming of the Polish series ''Series/CzterejPancerniIPies'' (Four tank-men and a dog), one of the actors took a nap on the ground and was broadcast).hit by a truck. Of course, this was a series about war, so a plot where the tank is hit was plausible enough.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is enough of a LongRunner that there have been multiple instances of this:
** Creator/WilliamHartnell was injured in an accident on-set during the recording of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]], and was unable to perform in the next episode. The episode was rewritten so that the Doctor was unconscious throughout (with a filmed-from-behind extra doubling for Hartnell) and his role in the episode was divided between other characters.
** Frazer Hines' character Jamie had to be recast with actor Hamish Wilson for episode 2 of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber "The Mind Robber"]] due to Frazer Hines having contracted chicken pox. Luckily, the surreal nature of the story allowed an easy script addition (while trapped in the Land of Fiction, the Doctor has to reconstruct Jamie's face from memory but gets it wrong) and the temporary recast.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], the First Doctor only appears on a video screen, recorded at Ealing Studios (not his home as legend has it), as William Hartnell was seriously ill and at times didn't remember he'd played the Doctor. He died two years later.
** Louise Jameson hated the contact lenses she had to wear as part of playing Leela and begged the producers to spare her from them. This was accomplished in a nicely symbolic scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock "Horror of Fang Rock"]] in which light from an explosion temporarily blinds her and permanently [[EyeColorChange fries her eyes blue]].
** During filming of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet"]] Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in-story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.
** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen -- he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] -- his hair had to be permed before filming on [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay "State of Decay"]] started and by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis "Logopolis"]] it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
** Adric appears slightly ropey at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "Castrovalva"]], not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Creator/MatthewWaterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]], John Lumic was rewritten into an EvilCripple when his actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, broke his leg shortly before filming was set to begin.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks, but the scene explaining it was cut.
* Near the end of the fourth season of ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' Bright is seen wearing a sling for five episodes with the explanation being that he broke his hand in a failed attempt to karate chop a piece of wood in half. In reality, actor Chris Pratt sliced a tendon in his hand while cutting apart frozen elk steaks.
* When Creator/AnissaJones, Buffy on the '60s DomCom ''Series/FamilyAffair'', broke her leg, the writers wrote it into the show.



* In the early 90s, ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' had to do some fancy shooting to conceal actor Peter Bergman's severe facial bruising, brought on by a fistfight with his co-star Eric Braeden.
* The first chief medical examiner on ''Series/TheCloser'', Dr. Crippen, made several appearances in a wheelchair when actor James Avery injured his foot.
* In Creator/JerryOrbach's final scene on ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'', everyone is whispering outside a courtroom. The scene had been rewritten to accommodate Orbach's sudden loss of voice during shooting. The voice loss came as a result of chemotherapy for cancer that eventually killed him. This was handled as Orbach's character saying he was retiring (which, considering he was sixty-nine at the time, is entirely believable).
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Robert Clary (Lebeau) always wore long sleeved clothes to cover up the serial number he had received in childhood at the concentration camp of Buchenwald.

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* In When Creator/MattLeBlanc had a sling on his arm, it was turned into a very effective joke on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' about Joey having a bed-jumping mishap.
* On ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'', David López, who played Alex, had a broken leg at
the early 90s, ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' had to do some fancy shooting to conceal actor Peter Bergman's severe facial bruising, brought on by start of the episode "Into the Comics". However, this isn't a fistfight with his co-star Eric Braeden.
* The first chief medical examiner on ''Series/TheCloser'', Dr. Crippen, made several appearances
plot point apart from a few throwaway lines, and progressively heals until he's running without problem in a wheelchair when actor James Avery the final act.
* During the second season of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin)
injured his foot.
* In Creator/JerryOrbach's final scene on ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'', everyone is whispering outside a courtroom.
ankle. The scene show had been rewritten to accommodate Orbach's sudden loss of voice during shooting. The voice loss came as Hank take a result of chemotherapy for cancer that eventually killed him. This was handled as Orbach's vacation with his ex-wife and suffer the same injury while rock climbing.
* Kevin Sorbo suffered from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997. To help him take time off, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had several {{Clip Show}}s and other episodes where Hercules had a reduced role.
* Creator/LucilleBall broke her leg in a skiing accident, causing her ''Series/HeresLucy''
character saying he was retiring (which, considering he was sixty-nine at to suffer the time, is entirely believable).
same fate for a few episodes.
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Robert Clary (Lebeau) Creator/StephenTobolowsky broke his neck before filming the episode his ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' character Bob Bishop got killed. As a result, in the episode Bob's always wore long sleeved clothes to cover up the serial number he had received sitting in childhood at the concentration camp of Buchenwald.a chair, looking face forward.



* Ander's coma/hybridization in the last half-season of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' was written in after the actor was involved in a car accident so serious that it was initially unclear whether he'd walk again.
* As ''Series/DoctorWho'' was a long running series there were quite a number of times when rewrites had to be made.
** Creator/WilliamHartnell was injured in an accident on-set during the recording of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion Of Earth]]", and was unable to perform in the next episode. The episode was re-written so that the Doctor was unconscious throughout (with a filmed-from-behind extra doubling for Hartnell) and his role in the episode was divided between other characters.
** Frazer Hines' character Jamie had to be recast with actor Hamish Wilson for episode 2 of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" due to Frazer Hines having contracted chicken pox. Luckily the surreal nature of the story allowed an easy script addition (while trapped in the Land of Fiction, the Doctor has to reconstruct Jamie's face from memory but gets it wrong) and the temporary recast.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors The Three Doctors]]", the First Doctor only appears on a video screen, recorded at Ealing Studios (not his home as legend has it), as William Hartnell was seriously ill and at times didn't remember he'd played the Doctor. He died two years later.
** Louise Jameson hated the contact lenses she had to wear as part of playing Leela and begged the producers to spare her from them. This was accomplished in a nicely symbolic scene in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock The Horror of Fang Rock]]" in which light from an explosion temporarily blinds her and permanently [[EyeColorChange fries her eyes blue]].
** During filming of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet]]" Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.
** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]" started and by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
** Adric appears slightly ropey at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]", not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Creator/MatthewWaterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but the scene explaining it was cut.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise of the Cybermen]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel]]", John Lumic was rewritten into an EvilCripple when his actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, broke his leg shortly before filming was set to begin.

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* Ander's coma/hybridization ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': When Michael Conrad the beloved Sgt. Phil Esterhaus was suffering from the final stages of cancer, he agreed to continue as long as his health allowed. As such, Esterhaus only appeared in the opening scenes (at "roll call") and very sporadically otherwise. After Conrad completed his last half-season episode, shows that were filmed prior to his death depicted Sgt. Esterhaus as "away" (or sometimes, tending to other business). Only after Conrad's death was [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Esterhaus' death written in]].
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', Robert Clary (Lebeau) always wore long sleeved clothes to cover up the serial number he had received in childhood at the concentration camp
of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' Buchenwald.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Creator/HughLaurie had a black eye he'd gotten while boxing, so they just wrote it into the script that someone had punched House. Given House's personality, it wasn't much of a stretch.
* On ''Series/HouseOfCards'', Frank Underwood being scalded by coffee (and the subsequent "I despise children" line)
was written in after the actor was involved in a car accident so serious that it was initially unclear whether he'd walk again.
* As ''Series/DoctorWho'' was a long running series there were quite a number of times when rewrites had to be made.
** Creator/WilliamHartnell was injured in an accident on-set
Kevin Spacey accidentally burned his hand during the recording of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion Of Earth]]", and was unable to perform in the next episode. The episode was re-written so that the Doctor was unconscious throughout (with a filmed-from-behind extra doubling for Hartnell) and his role in the episode was divided between other characters.
** Frazer Hines' character Jamie had to be recast with actor Hamish Wilson for episode 2 of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" due to Frazer Hines having contracted chicken pox. Luckily the surreal nature of the story allowed an easy script addition (while trapped in the Land of Fiction, the Doctor has to reconstruct Jamie's face from memory but gets it wrong) and the temporary recast.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors The Three Doctors]]", the First Doctor only appears on a video screen, recorded at Ealing Studios (not his home as legend has it), as William Hartnell was seriously ill and at times didn't remember he'd played the Doctor. He died two years later.
** Louise Jameson hated the contact lenses she had to wear as part of playing Leela and begged the producers to spare her from them. This was accomplished in a nicely symbolic scene in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock The Horror of Fang Rock]]"
promotional photo shoot, in which light from an explosion temporarily blinds her and permanently [[EyeColorChange fries her eyes blue]].
**
he had to hold a burning American flag.
*
During the filming of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet]]" Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on tenth episode of the TARDIS console. While not original ''Series/KamenRider'', actor Hiroshi Fujioka (who also portrayed Segata Sanshiro in the show itself, publicity shots Japanese marketing campaign for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on Sega Saturn) was thrown from his face, giving the impression of him having motorcycle after crashing into a funny skew-whiff moustache.
** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end
telephone pole, breaking both of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]" started and by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced legs. How do you fix up the production team to rewrite the plot when your main character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
** Adric appears slightly ropey at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]", not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Creator/MatthewWaterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg
has just before filming. crippled himself? Easy; Create another Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider-2!
**
This was going because Fujioka did his own stunts up to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but and including wearing the scene explaining Kamen Rider suit. After this however it was cut.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise
required for all tokusatsu program leads to have a separate suit actor for fight scenes to prevent a problem like from occurring again.
* Captain James Deakins
of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' got Bell's palsy at the Cybermen]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel same time that his actor Jamey Sheridan did, and wore an eyepatch for a good portion of his appearances.
* In Creator/JerryOrbach's final scene on ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'', everyone is whispering outside a courtroom.
The Age of Steel]]", John Lumic was scene had been rewritten into an EvilCripple when his actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, broke his leg shortly before filming to accommodate Orbach's sudden loss of voice during shooting. The voice loss came as a result of chemotherapy for cancer that eventually killed him. This was set to begin. handled as Orbach's character saying he was retiring (which, considering he was sixty-nine at the time, is entirely believable).



* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': In the spring of 1978, Karl Swenson, who played beloved town founder and mill owner Lars Hanson, became terminally ill, and it took a very noticeable toll on his appearance and energy. At the same time, Michael Landon had commissioned a five-week-long story arc where -- building on the 1977-1978 finale -- Walnut Grove greatly suffers the ill effects of an economic depression, prompting the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys to move to Winoka for better opportunity. It was decided that, given Swenson's failing health, the character of Mr. Hanson would play a key role in the final part of the episode's story, where he suffers a massive stroke and, bedridden, bitterly concedes the death of his town and wishes for his death. All of Hanson's scenes show him either in bed or -- in the final scene -- walking and talking with great difficulty. His death told as happening shortly after the events of the episode -- was written in with the expectation he was not coming back. He didn't; at age 70, Swenson died of a heart condition.
** The 1976 episode "Bunny" focused on Nellie [[ObfuscatingDisability pretending to be paralyzed]] after falling from a horse that Laura had sold to Mr. Oleson. Shortly before filming began, Alison Arngrim (who played Nellie) broke her arm and rather than wait for the arm to heal (thus delaying production); Arngrim's broken arm was written in as an additional injury.
* Dana Elcar's character in ''Series/MacGyver'' became severely visually impaired from glaucoma when Elcar developed the condition.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Gary Burghoff (Radar) was always carrying papers in or otherwise hiding [[http://i.imgur.com/wdC7A.jpg his left hand]] to cover up the fact that it's been deformed since birth.
* On ''Series/TheMiddle'', Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is rarely shown walking from a distance, because Shaffer has ostogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), causing a noticeable limp.
* ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' had Yousuke's arm in a cast after his cockpit exploded, to explain an injury that the actor had suffered while filming a stunt.
* The only Franchise/{{Power Ranger|s}} that has ever been killed off on the show is Kendrix Morgan, after actress Valerie Vernon collapsed on the set of ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and was diagnosed with leukemia. (It SEEMS insensitive, but the series takes place on a space station, and there are no [[PutOnABus Peace Conferences]] in the Lost Galaxy. And she dies with an epic HeroicSacrifice). Her character returns to life in the GrandFinale and, fortunately, she recovered. In time to film the ReunionShow, even.
* Timothy Odmundson was riding his bike to the set of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' when he fell and broke his collarbone. This prompted last minutes rewrites, Buzz being called in to do Lassiter's lines, and Lassiter showing up in a cast and refusing to say what happened. This injury persisted until the end of the season. In a deleted scene, he reveals to the Police officers that he had slipped and fell in his bathtub. That was NOT what they were asking about.
** Odmundson also writes a blog and tweets in-character for Lassiter. Lassiter had an entry on New Year's resolutions, he mentions "not riding bikes."



* Creator/LucilleBall broke her leg in a skiing accident, causing her ''Series/HeresLucy'' character to suffer the same fate for a few episodes.
* Timothy Odmundson was riding his bike to the set of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' when he fell and broke his collarbone. This prompted last minutes rewrites, Buzz being called in to do Lassiter's lines, and Lassiter showing up in a cast and refusing to say what happened. This injury persisted until the end of the season. In a deleted scene, he reveals to the Police officers that he had slipped and fell in his bathtub. That was NOT what they were asking about.
** Odmundson also writes a blog and tweets in-character for Lassiter. Lassiter had an entry on new years resolutions, he mentions "not riding bikes."
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Episodes in the 5th season had to be modified because two of the main actors -- Shemar Moore (who plays Derek Morgan) and Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Spencer Reid) -- both suffered significant leg injuries. There was a temporary but noticeable absence of the usual Derek-in-action shots (e.g., kicking down doors, tackling suspects), while the 5th season premiere had Reid get shot in order to explain away his crutches or noticeable limp for most of the season's episodes.
* An unusual reversal of this trope happened in British soap opera ''Series/CoronationStreet''. The character Sally Webster had a storyline where she battles breast cancer. Turns out that the actress who plays her, Sally Whittaker, ''discovered she had breast cancer as a result of researching the storyline for the role''. She says that she would never have noticed if the storyline hadn't been given to her, so [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the show effectively saved her life]].
* Robert Guillaume suffered an off-set stroke during the filming of the first season of ''Series/SportsNight''. The writers quickly whipped up a storyline where Guillaume's character Isaac Jaffe fails to show up for an out-of-town business meeting, causing everyone to panic. It turns out that Jaffe was hospitalized after he had suffered a stroke at the airport on the way to said meeting. When Guillaume returned to filming, Jaffe's storyline dealt with how having the stroke had affected his life.



* Near the end of the fourth season of ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' Bright is seen wearing a sling for five episodes with the explanation being that he broke his hand in a failed attempt to karate chop a piece of wood in half. In reality, actor Chris Pratt sliced a tendon in his hand while cutting apart frozen elk steaks.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. When actor Ken Wahl broke his ankle in an on-set accident, this was written into the arc as the protagonist being hit by a cab (explaining the limp), then subsequently having his leg broken by loan-shark Johnny "Coke Bottles." A SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute character (OCB agent John Henry Raglin) was then brought in to replace Wahl for the Garment Trade arc.
* RJ Mitte who plays Walt Jr on ''Series/BreakingBad'' has Cerebral Palsy as does his character. However, Mitte's palsy is far less severe so he had to alter his speech and learn to walk with crutches.
* Creator/StephenTobolowsky broke his neck before filming the episode his ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' character Bob Bishop got killed. As a result, in the episode Bob's always sitting in a chair, looking face forward.
* Horse-riding fan Kaley Cuoco managed to break one of her legs in a riding accident during production on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' AND ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; this is why she spends a few episodes of the former wearing a cast and why she... [[AbsenteeActor doesn't appear at all]] in a few episodes of the latter. When she returned, she spent several episodes working at the restaurant as a bartender rather than a waitress so she wouldn't have to walk around.

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* Near ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** When Creator/JerrySeinfeld had laryngitis, his character made a comment about losing his voice after performing a very rowdy set.
** In another episode,
the end character Elaine screams at a barking dog all night. Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus injured her voice filming that scene, so her character was given the same injury.
* The Starz production of ''Series/{{Spartacus|BloodAndSand}}'' had to completely revamp the plans for the second season when Andy Whitfield, who played Spartacus, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The producers decided to make the second "season" a prequel miniseries featuring the characters other than Spartacus, framed with earlier footage from the final moments
of the fourth first season to give themselves time to try to figure out what to do. When Whitfield's cancer recurred, they [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] the role with Liam [=McIntyre=], with Whitfield's blessing (he died before the third season was broadcast).
* Robert Guillaume suffered an off-set stroke during the filming of the first
season of ''Series/{{Everwood}}'' Bright is seen wearing ''Series/SportsNight''. The writers quickly whipped up a sling for five episodes with the explanation being that he broke his hand in a failed attempt to karate chop a piece of wood in half. In reality, actor Chris Pratt sliced a tendon in his hand while cutting apart frozen elk steaks.
* ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. When actor Ken Wahl broke his ankle in an on-set accident, this was written into the arc as the protagonist being hit by a cab (explaining the limp), then subsequently having his leg broken by loan-shark Johnny "Coke Bottles." A SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute
storyline where Guillaume's character (OCB agent John Henry Raglin) Isaac Jaffe fails to show up for an out-of-town business meeting, causing everyone to panic. It turns out that Jaffe was then brought in to replace Wahl for the Garment Trade arc.
* RJ Mitte who plays Walt Jr on ''Series/BreakingBad'' has Cerebral Palsy as does his character. However, Mitte's palsy is far less severe so
hospitalized after he had suffered a stroke at the airport on the way to alter his speech and learn said meeting. When Guillaume returned to walk filming, Jaffe's storyline dealt with crutches.
* Creator/StephenTobolowsky broke
how having the stroke had affected his neck before filming life.
* When Michael Shanks had to sit out an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' after having an appendectomy, his character sits
the episode out for the same reason. Also, instead of a scripted scene, Shanks got to ad-lib the discussion of his ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' character Bob Bishop illness with Creator/RichardDeanAnderson. ("Can I see the scar?" "...''No''.")
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia Dax
got killed. As a result, injured in a ship crash, in order to keep her lying in a cave recovering. Terry Farrell, who played Jadzia, had a skin condition preventing her from spending much time in the sun.
** The same skin condition prevented her from being heavily made-up, but when
the episode Bob's always sitting in a chair, looking face forward.
* Horse-riding fan Kaley Cuoco managed to break one of her legs in a riding accident during production on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' AND ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''; this is why she spends a few episodes
"[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E01ApocalypseRising}} Apocalypse Rising]]" called for some of the former crew to go undercover as Klingons instead of keeping Jadzia off the station for some reason, she simply wasn't picked for the mission (despite being second only to Worf in Klingon knowledge).
** Garak suffered from acute claustrophobia. This is because his actor Andrew J. Robinson suffered from the condition to such a degree that even
wearing the Cardassian make-up could be a trial for him. In one two-part episode, Garak spends much of the plot inside a cramped space: unsurprisingly, it's also the episode that reveals he suffers from claustrophobia (although the condition had been hinted at earlier points in the show).
* When actor Jared Padalecki injured his wrist in a stunt on an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the injury was explained by his character being tackled during a [[RuleOfCool fight with a zombie]], explaining the presence of
a cast for the next four episodes.
** The next episode filmed features much less of Padalecki's character, Sam, because post-wrist surgery, Padalecki was prescribed painkillers that left him a little loopy.
** Similarly, when Padalecki injured his shoulder (apparently caused by off-screen shenanigans that involved wrestling with fellow actor Osric Chau)
and why she... [[AbsenteeActor doesn't appear at all]] in needed to wear a few episodes of the latter. When she returned, she spent sling, several episodes working involved poking fun at the restaurant as Sam for getting his shoulder injured off-screen in a bartender rather than [[NoodleIncident noodle incident]] between Padalecki's character, Sam, Misha Collins' character, Castiel, and a waitress so she wouldn't have to walk around.demon.



* A rare non-fiction example is Mick Aston, an archaeology professor who co-hosted ''TimeTeam''. He spent part of one series laid up with a broken leg, but rather than bring in a temporary replacement they simply had him work from home, discussing this episode's dig with AudienceSurrogate TonyRobinson over the telephone.
* Captain James Deakins of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' got Bell's palsy at the same time that his actor Jamey Sheridan did, and wore an eyepatch for a good portion of his appearances.
* On ''Series/TheMiddle'', Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is rarely shown walking from a distance, because Shaffer has ostogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), causing a noticeable limp.
* Kevin Sorbo suffered from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997. To help him take time off, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had several {{Clip Show}}s and other episodes where Hercules had a reduced role.
* ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' had Yousuke's arm in a cast after his cockpit exploded, to explain an injury that the actor had suffered while filming a stunt.
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' had lead character Creator/JamesHerriot confined to the vet's surgery for a while after actor Christopher Timothy injured his leg. Conveniently, Herriot had something similar happen to him in the original books after an especially uncooperative carthorse punted him halfway across a farmyard.
* On ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'', David López, who played Alex, had a broken leg at the start of the episode "Into the Comics." However, this isn't a plot point apart from a few throwaway lines, and progressively heals until he's running without problem in the final act.
* During filming of the climactic shooting gallery scene in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'''s "The Night of the Avaricious Actuary," Ross Martin broke his leg (which is why he's replaced with a very obvious double in most of said scene). The injury was written into the next episode to be filmed, "The Night of the Juggernaut" (Martin sports a walking cast in this and "The Night of the Kraken," the next episode made).
* During the second season of ''Series/WhatsHappening,'' Danielle Spencer (Dee) was involved in a serious car accident that led to spinal problems. To accommodate her, she remained seated in many of her subsequent scenes to minimize physical exertion, and her hair was styled to cover up damage to her forehead.
* On ''Series/HouseOfCards'', Frank Underwood being scalded by coffee (and the subsequent "I despise children" line) was written in after Kevin Spacey accidentally burned his hand during a promotional photo shoot, in which he had to hold a burning American flag.

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* A rare non-fiction example is Mick Aston, an archaeology professor who co-hosted ''TimeTeam''.''Series/TimeTeam''. He spent part of one series laid up with a broken leg, but rather than bring in a temporary replacement they simply had him work from home, discussing this episode's dig with AudienceSurrogate TonyRobinson over the telephone.
* Captain James Deakins of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' got Bell's palsy at Creator/CynthiaWatros (Erin on ''Series/{{Titus}}'') broke her leg and they wrote the same time event into the storyline, saying that his actor Jamey Sheridan did, and wore an eyepatch for she stumbled trying to chase a good portion burglar down. They even made it into a clever character moment when Papa Titus commented that she hurt herself running ''after'' a burglar, instead of his appearances.
* On ''Series/TheMiddle'', Brick (Atticus Shaffer) is rarely shown walking
running ''away'' from a distance, because Shaffer him.
* Creator/PruittTaylorVince
has ostogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), causing a noticeable limp.
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathologic_nystagmus pathologic nystagmus,]] and so do some of the characters he played, e.g. on ''Series/TheXFiles'' and ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Kevin Sorbo ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** John Spencer, who played chief of staff Leo [=McGarry=], had
suffered from an aneurysm and three strokes in 1997. To help him take heart troubles. When the time off, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' had several {{Clip Show}}s and other episodes where Hercules came for him to resign from his position in show, his character had a reduced role.
* ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' had Yousuke's arm
heart attack. He later wound up being named as a vice presidential nominee in the show's final season, but during the course of filming the final season (during which his character's health and capacity to continue such a cast grueling campaign schedule was repeatedly questioned by the press), Spencer suffered a fatal heart attack. The first new episode after his cockpit exploded, to explain an injury that death again prominently featured Leo, and included some very uncomfortable lines when viewed with the actor knowledge of what had suffered while filming a stunt.
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' had lead character Creator/JamesHerriot confined to
happened - which even the vet's surgery for most shut-in viewer had, as Creator/MartinSheen recorded a while after actor Christopher Timothy injured his leg. Conveniently, Herriot had something similar happen touching tribute to him in the original books after an especially uncooperative carthorse punted him halfway across a farmyard.
* On ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'', David López, who played Alex, had a broken leg
Spencer at the start of the episode.
** Another example from ''Series/TheWestWing'' comes from 2001 when Stockard Channing broke her ankle hiking. Her character was promptly given a similar injury to explain why she was wearing a cast.
** Martin Sheen has limited movement in his left arm, which is why he puts on his suit coat with that characteristic flipping gesture. In the
episode "Into "Two Cathedrals" the Comics." However, this isn't a plot point apart from a few throwaway lines, and progressively heals until he's running without problem in younger Jed does it as well (the movement is used to link the final act.
* During filming of the climactic shooting gallery scene in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'''s "The Night of the Avaricious Actuary," Ross Martin broke his leg (which is why he's replaced with a very obvious double in most of said scene). The injury was written into the next episode to be filmed, "The Night of the Juggernaut" (Martin sports a walking cast in this and "The Night of the Kraken," the next episode made).
two time periods).
* During the second season of ''Series/WhatsHappening,'' ''Series/WhatsHappening'', Danielle Spencer (Dee) was involved in a serious car accident that led to spinal problems. To accommodate her, she remained seated in many of her subsequent scenes to minimize physical exertion, and her hair was styled to cover up damage to her forehead.
* On ''Series/HouseOfCards'', Frank Underwood being scalded by coffee (and During filming of the subsequent "I despise children" line) climactic shooting gallery scene in ''Series/TheWildWildWest'''s "The Night of the Avaricious Actuary", Ross Martin broke his leg (which is why he's replaced with a very obvious double in most of said scene). The injury was written into the next episode to be filmed, "The Night of the Juggernaut" (Martin sports a walking cast in after Kevin Spacey accidentally burned his hand during a promotional photo shoot, in which he had to hold a burning American flag.this and "The Night of the Kraken", the next episode made).



* Erik Estrada was in a motorcycle accident during one season of ''Series/CHiPs'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.
* During the second season of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin) injured his ankle. The show had Hank take a vacation with his ex-wife and suffer the same injury while rock climbing.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Creator/HughLaurie had a black eye he'd gotten while boxing, so they just wrote it into the script that someone had punched House. Given House's personality, it wasn't much of a stretch.
* During the filming of the Polish series ''Series/CzterejPancerniIPies'' (Four tank-men and a dog), one of the actors took a nap on the ground and was hit by a truck. Of course, this was a series about war, so a plot where the tank is hit was plausible enough.

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* Erik Estrada was ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}''. When actor Ken Wahl broke his ankle in a motorcycle accident during one season of ''Series/CHiPs'', so the same thing happened to Ponch. After the an on-set accident, Estrada literally shot scenes from this was written into the arc as the protagonist being hit by a cab (explaining the limp), then subsequently having his hospital bed.
leg broken by loan-shark Johnny "Coke Bottles". A SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute character (OCB agent John Henry Raglin) was then brought in to replace Wahl for the Garment Trade arc.
* During the second season filming of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Russell Hornsby (Hank Griffin) injured his ankle. The show had Hank take a vacation with his ex-wife and suffer the same injury while rock climbing.
* In one
basketball episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Creator/HughLaurie had a black eye he'd gotten while boxing, so they just wrote it ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' Adam Devine tore his ACL, resulting in him being written into the script that hospital. This flowed perfectly with the episode, as it was played off as the result of his taking PCP supplied by Karl.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
** When Creator/LucyLawless was thrown from a horse during a stunt on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', it led to several episodes being written to have less action than a usual episode or [[FreakyFridayFlip Xena in
someone else's body]].
** There was also the time in season 3 when Gabrielle broke her ankle trying to imitate Xena's somersaults. Renee O'Connor really did break her ankle during shooting. Then [[FromBadToWorse Gabrielle was poisoned by Persians]].
* In ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes Prime Minister]]'', Jim Hacker spends most of his time sitting. This is because Paul Eddington
had punched House. Given House's personality, it wasn't much of a stretch.
T cell lymphoma. It was so well written no one twigged.
* During In the filming of the Polish series ''Series/CzterejPancerniIPies'' (Four tank-men and a dog), one of the actors took a nap early 90s, ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' had to do some fancy shooting to conceal actor Peter Bergman's severe facial bruising, brought on the ground and was hit by a truck. Of course, this was a series about war, so a plot where the tank is hit was plausible enough.fistfight with his co-star Eric Braeden.
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** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5StateOfDecay State of Decay]]" started and by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.

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** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5StateOfDecay "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]" started and by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
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** When actor Jerry Seinfeld had laryngitis, his character made a comment about losing his voice after performing a very rowdy set.
** In another episode, the character Elaine screams at a barking dog all night. [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] injured her voice filming that scene, so her character was given the same injury.
* When Matt [=LeBlanc=] had a sling on his arm, it was turned into a very effective joke on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' about Joey having a bed-jumping mishap.

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** When actor Jerry Seinfeld Creator/JerrySeinfeld had laryngitis, his character made a comment about losing his voice after performing a very rowdy set.
** In another episode, the character Elaine screams at a barking dog all night. [[Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus Julia Louis-Dreyfus]] Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus injured her voice filming that scene, so her character was given the same injury.
* When Matt [=LeBlanc=] Creator/MattLeBlanc had a sling on his arm, it was turned into a very effective joke on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' about Joey having a bed-jumping mishap.



** In the second season episode "The Geometry of Shadows," Claudia Christian's real-life broken foot was explained by having her character get caught in the middle of an alien melee. Contrary to myth, she didn't break it on set; her [[EnforcedMethodActing very real cry of pain]] during that scene was caused by her landing awkwardly on her already-injured foot[[note]]Yes, that means she was walking around on a broken foot during the scene leading up to the fight[[/note]]. The following episode, "A Distant Star," managed to work her injury into a minor plot point.
** Very naturally used in the third season. While filming a fight scene for the episode "Severed Dreams," actor Jerry Doyle broke his wrist. His character, Michael Garibaldi, was originally supposed to end up with an injured ''leg'' from that fight. This was quickly changed to match the actor's real-life injury (and in fact, due to the shooting schedule, he does briefly appear with a "leg injury"). To give him more time to heal, he was written completely out of "Sic Transit Vir," which wouldn't have given him a lot of screen time anyway. This, in turn, allowed [[AscendedExtra Zack Allan]], Garibaldi's lieutenant, to be fleshed out some.

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** In the second season episode "The "[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS02E03TheGeometryOfShadows}} The Geometry of Shadows," Shadows]]", Claudia Christian's real-life broken foot was explained by having her character get caught in the middle of an alien melee. Contrary to myth, she didn't break it on set; her [[EnforcedMethodActing very real cry of pain]] during that scene was caused by her landing awkwardly on her already-injured foot[[note]]Yes, that means she was walking around on a broken foot during the scene leading up to the fight[[/note]]. The following episode, "A Distant Star," managed to work her injury into a minor plot point.
** Very naturally used in the third season. While filming a fight scene for the episode "Severed Dreams," "[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS03E10SeveredDreams}} Severed Dreams]]" actor Jerry Doyle broke his wrist. His character, Michael Garibaldi, was originally supposed to end up with an injured ''leg'' from that fight. This was quickly changed to match the actor's real-life injury (and in fact, due to the shooting schedule, he does briefly appear with a "leg injury"). To give him more time to heal, he was written completely out of "Sic "[[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS03E12SicTransitVir}} Sic Transit Vir," Vir]]", which wouldn't have given him a lot of screen time anyway. This, in turn, allowed [[AscendedExtra Zack Allan]], Garibaldi's lieutenant, to be fleshed out some.



* When Michael Shanks had to sit out an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' after having an appendectomy, his character sits the episode out for the same reason. Also, instead of a scripted scene, Shanks got to ad-lib the discussion of his illness with Richard Dean Anderson. ("Can I see the scar?" "...''No''.")

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* When Michael Shanks had to sit out an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' after having an appendectomy, his character sits the episode out for the same reason. Also, instead of a scripted scene, Shanks got to ad-lib the discussion of his illness with Richard Dean Anderson.Creator/RichardDeanAnderson. ("Can I see the scar?" "...''No''.")



** The same skin condition prevented her from being heavily made-up, but when the episode "Apocalypse Rising" called for some of the crew to go undercover as Klingons instead of keeping Jadzia off the station for some reason, she simply wasn't picked for the mission (despite being second only to Worf in Klingon knowledge).

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** The same skin condition prevented her from being heavily made-up, but when the episode "Apocalypse Rising" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E01ApocalypseRising}} Apocalypse Rising]]" called for some of the crew to go undercover as Klingons instead of keeping Jadzia off the station for some reason, she simply wasn't picked for the mission (despite being second only to Worf in Klingon knowledge).



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was confined to bed by a nightmare-demon-parasite thing in the fifth-season episode "Soul Purpose," then turned into a puppet four episodes later in "Smile Time" as David Boreanaz recovered from knee surgery. Even still, they framed several episodes to have Angel constantly sitting in his chair or otherwise leaning against his desk just to give David a break. (Unable to stand or walk much, Boreanaz contributed by directing "Soul Purpose," his first TV director's credit.)
** Alexis Denisof was stricken with Bell's palsy shortly before shooting the first episode of Season 5. Most shots with Wesley showed only the non-paralyzed right half of his face.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was confined to bed by a nightmare-demon-parasite thing in the fifth-season episode "Soul Purpose," "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E10SoulPurpose}} Soul Purpose]]", then turned into a puppet four episodes later in "Smile Time" "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E14SmileTime}} Smile Time]]" as David Boreanaz Creator/DavidBoreanaz recovered from knee surgery. Even still, they framed several episodes to have Angel constantly sitting in his chair or otherwise leaning against his desk just to give David a break. (Unable to stand or walk much, Boreanaz contributed by directing "Soul Purpose," his first TV director's credit.)
** Alexis Denisof was stricken with Bell's palsy shortly before shooting the first episode of Season 5."[[{{Recap/AngelS05E01Conviction}} Conviction]]". Most shots with Wesley showed only the non-paralyzed right half of his face.



** William Hartnell was injured in an accident on-set during the recording of "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth", and was unable to perform in the next episode. The episode was re-written so that the Doctor was unconscious throughout (with a filmed-from-behind extra doubling for Hartnell) and his role in the episode was divided between other characters.
** Frazer Hines' character Jamie had to be recast with actor Hamish Wilson for episode 2 of "The Mind Robber" due to Frazer Hines having contracted chicken pox. Luckily the surreal nature of the story allowed an easy script addition (while trapped in the Land of Fiction, the Doctor has to reconstruct Jamie's face from memory but gets it wrong) and the temporary recast.
** In "The Three Doctors", the First Doctor only appears on a video screen, recorded at Ealing Studios (not his home as legend has it), as William Hartnell was seriously ill and at times didn't remember he'd played the Doctor. He died two years later.
** Louise Jameson hated the contact lenses she had to wear as part of playing Leela and begged the producers to spare her from them. This was accomplished in a nicely symbolic scene in "The Horror of Fang Rock" in which light from an explosion temporarily blinds her and permanently [[EyeColorChange fries her eyes blue]].
** During filming of "The Pirate Planet" Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.
** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "State of Decay" started and by "Logopolis" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
** Adric appears slightly ropey at the end of "Castrovalva", not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Matthew Waterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
** In "The Time of the Doctor", Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but the scene explaining it was cut.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel," John Lumic was rewritten into an EvilCripple when his actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, broke his leg shortly before filming was set to begin.

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** William Hartnell Creator/WilliamHartnell was injured in an accident on-set during the recording of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion Of Earth", Earth]]", and was unable to perform in the next episode. The episode was re-written so that the Doctor was unconscious throughout (with a filmed-from-behind extra doubling for Hartnell) and his role in the episode was divided between other characters.
** Frazer Hines' character Jamie had to be recast with actor Hamish Wilson for episode 2 of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber" Robber]]" due to Frazer Hines having contracted chicken pox. Luckily the surreal nature of the story allowed an easy script addition (while trapped in the Land of Fiction, the Doctor has to reconstruct Jamie's face from memory but gets it wrong) and the temporary recast.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors The Three Doctors", Doctors]]", the First Doctor only appears on a video screen, recorded at Ealing Studios (not his home as legend has it), as William Hartnell was seriously ill and at times didn't remember he'd played the Doctor. He died two years later.
** Louise Jameson hated the contact lenses she had to wear as part of playing Leela and begged the producers to spare her from them. This was accomplished in a nicely symbolic scene in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock The Horror of Fang Rock" Rock]]" in which light from an explosion temporarily blinds her and permanently [[EyeColorChange fries her eyes blue]].
** During filming of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet" Planet]]" Creator/TomBaker's lip was bitten by a dog, so in story the Doctor hit his face on the TARDIS console. While not in the show itself, publicity shots for the serial show him making the most of the injury by wearing a sticking plaster for dark skin that stands out on his face, giving the impression of him having a funny skew-whiff moustache.
** Tom Baker became seriously unwell towards the end of his tenure, and it was physically apparent on screen - he was visibly thinner, his skin is pale and blotchy, and his hair lost its shininess and healthy texture (and even its [[QuirkyCurls natural curl]] - his hair had to be permed before filming on "State "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5StateOfDecay State of Decay" Decay]]" started and by "Logopolis" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7Logopolis Logopolis]]" it is clearly sagging). His sickly appearance and somewhat disconnected acting forced the production team to rewrite the character in a more brooding and ethereal direction, reducing his funny and more action-hero aspects in favour of making him an eerie, wizardly [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] type.
** Adric appears slightly ropey at the end of "Castrovalva", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]", not because of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of the Master, but because Matthew Waterhouse Creator/MatthewWaterhouse had too much to drink the night before and filmed those scenes while suffering from a hangover.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor", Doctor]]", Creator/MattSmith's final episode, the Eleventh Doctor is seen walking with a cane after a TimeSkip because Smith had injured his leg just before filming. This was going to be explained as a stone leg caused by Angel attacks but the scene explaining it was cut.
** In "Rise "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise of the Cybermen/The Cybermen]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel," Steel]]", John Lumic was rewritten into an EvilCripple when his actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack, broke his leg shortly before filming was set to begin.



* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Hugh Laurie had a black eye he'd gotten while boxing, so they just wrote it into the script that someone had punched House. Given House's personality, it wasn't much of a stretch.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', Hugh Laurie Creator/HughLaurie had a black eye he'd gotten while boxing, so they just wrote it into the script that someone had punched House. Given House's personality, it wasn't much of a stretch.
8th Apr '17 4:28:25 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/MarkHamill was in a car accident shortly after ''Film/ANewHope'' was released, and this supposedly explains the nearly morticians-grade makeup job he received on the set of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' to try and disguise the damage to his face. He spends the first five minutes of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' with snow gear covering his face, and then a wampa smacks him. It ended up working out quite well for the character: the injuries had completely healed by ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', and the changes to Hamill's facial structure made him appear much more mature, just like Luke was supposed to be.

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* Creator/MarkHamill was in a car accident shortly after ''Film/ANewHope'' was released, and this supposedly explains the nearly morticians-grade makeup job he received on the set of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' to try and disguise the damage to his face. He spends the first five minutes of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' with snow gear covering his face, and then a wampa smacks him. It ended up working out quite well for the character: the injuries had completely healed by ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', and the changes to Hamill's facial structure made him appear much more mature, just like Luke was supposed to be.
26th Mar '17 9:42:18 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' animated short ''Expiration Date'', Soldier's VA was replaced with TheOtherDarrin (in this case, NolanNorth) for a line where he had to scream, as Soldier's usual VA, Rick May, had throat cancer and had lost the ability to do so. As Soldier is prone to having NoIndoorVoice, the change was somewhat jarring to fans who noticed.

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* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' animated short ''Expiration Date'', Soldier's VA was replaced with TheOtherDarrin (in this case, NolanNorth) Creator/NolanNorth) for a line where he had to scream, as Soldier's usual VA, Rick May, had throat cancer and had lost the ability to do so. As Soldier is prone to having NoIndoorVoice, the change was somewhat jarring to fans who noticed.
24th Mar '17 6:54:43 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/YoungGuns II'', Chavez gets stabbed in the arm because his actor, Lou Diamond Phillips, had a broken arm from an equestrian stunt gone wrong.

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* In ''Film/YoungGuns II'', ''Film/YoungGunsII'', Chavez gets stabbed in the arm because his actor, Lou Diamond Phillips, had a broken arm from an equestrian stunt gone wrong.
18th Mar '17 2:46:04 PM eroock
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->'''Fan on Twitter''': [[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]] #Nashville
->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''': @mz_phatrabbit trust me there was no hiding it! #Nashville ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''

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->'''Fan on Twitter''': [[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]] #Nashville
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->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''': @mz_phatrabbit trust Trust me there was no hiding it! #Nashville ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''
18th Mar '17 2:42:35 PM eroock
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->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''':@mz_phatrabbit trust me there was no hiding it! #Nashville ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''

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->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''':@mz_phatrabbit ->'''Creator/HaydenPanettiere''': @mz_phatrabbit trust me there was no hiding it! #Nashville ''(indeed, when you're a touch over 5' and not skinny it's hard to hide it)''
18th Mar '17 2:42:23 PM eroock
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->'''Fan on Twitter''':[[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]] #Nashville

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->'''Fan on Twitter''':[[https://twitter.Twitter''': [[https://twitter.com/haydenpanettier/status/585989050764492800 I'm so glad they wrote in Hayden's pregnancy in the storyline cuz they couldn't of hid it]] #Nashville
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