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28th May '16 10:06:42 PM SoberIrishman
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** The enormous brute Gregor Clegane is played in the first season by 7' tall Conan Stevens, but he left the show to be in ''Film/TheHobbit''. In his place, the showrunners tapped Ian Whyte, who already had experience on the show as [[YouLookFamiliar a White Walker]]. While one inch taller than Stevens, Whyte looked and sounded like a scaled-up Christopher Lee and did not suit the character well. Possibly for this reason, the part was recast ''again'', this time with Iceland's Strongest Man Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (6'9" for those keeping score at home).

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** The enormous brute Gregor Clegane is played in the first season by 7' tall Conan Stevens, but he left the show to be in ''Film/TheHobbit''. In his place, the showrunners tapped Ian Whyte, who already had experience on the show as [[YouLookFamiliar a White Walker]]. While one inch taller than Stevens, Whyte looked was very gaunt and sounded like a scaled-up Christopher Lee skinny, and did not suit the character well. Possibly for this reason, the part was recast ''again'', this time with Iceland's Strongest Man Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (6'9" for those keeping score at home).
22nd May '16 11:06:19 AM DevilboyScooby
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* The 1980's British sitcom ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_(TV_series) Bread]]'' replaced actors for three of its major characters. Julie (Billy's girlfriend) was played by Caroline Milmoe for the first season and Hilary Crowson from season 2 to 5. Joey was played by Peter Howitt from season 1 to 5 and Graham Bickley thereafter. Aveline was played by Gilly Corman from season 1 to 4 and Melanie Hill thereafter.

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* The 1980's British sitcom ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_(TV_series) Bread]]'' replaced actors for three of its major characters. Julie (Billy's girlfriend) was played by Caroline Milmoe for the first season two seasons and Hilary Crowson from season 2 3 to 5. Joey was played by Peter Howitt from season 1 to 5 and Graham Bickley thereafter. Aveline was played by Gilly Corman from season 1 to 4 and Melanie Hill thereafter.
18th May '16 2:36:56 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The actor playing the electrician in the pilot for ''NewsRadio'' was replaced in the second episode with Joe Rogan, who made the character his own and made him an AscendedExtra.

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* The actor playing the electrician in the pilot for ''NewsRadio'' ''Series/NewsRadio'' was replaced in the second episode with Joe Rogan, who made the character his own and made him an AscendedExtra.
4th May '16 9:52:14 AM WildeOscar
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* On ''Series/TheOddCouple'' Felix's daughter Edna was played in different seasons by Pamelyn Ferdin and Doney Oatman, who, other than both being blonde, looked very different from each other.

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* On ''Series/TheOddCouple'' Felix's daughter Edna was played in different seasons by Pamelyn Ferdin and Doney Oatman, who, other than both being blonde, looked very different from each other.other.
* Trinity in ''Series/TrailerparkBoys'' is played by Jeanna Harrison, except for the first movie, in which she's played by Lydia Lawson-Baird.
4th May '16 9:46:28 AM WildeOscar
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* In ''{{Sharknado}}'' Aubrey Peeples played Claudia; as she was tied up with ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' come ''Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'', Claudia was played by Ryan Newman (who's '''younger''' than Peeples).

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* In ''{{Sharknado}}'' Aubrey Peeples played Claudia; as she was tied up with ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' come ''Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'', Claudia was played by Ryan Newman (who's '''younger''' than Peeples).Peeples).
* On ''Series/TheOddCouple'' Felix's daughter Edna was played in different seasons by Pamelyn Ferdin and Doney Oatman, who, other than both being blonde, looked very different from each other.
2nd May '16 5:38:24 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', which continued on from the first two ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films (but not the [[AlternateContinuity third and fourth films]]), recast every character from the films who appeared on the show. Creator/LenaHeadey replaced Linda Hamilton as the title character; Thomas Dekker took over the role of John Connor. This also applied to guest characters: Jonathan Jackson replaced Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese (who appears in flashbacks and as a blood-loss-induced hallucination), Bruce Davison replaced Earl Boen (who is retired) as Dr. Silberman, Tony Amendola replaced Castulo Guerra as Enrique Salceda, and a photo of Miles Dyson showed actor Phil Morris rather than Joe Morton. In the pilot episode, Sarah has a nightmare involving a Terminator played by Aaron James Cash. Although it's not clear, given what Sarah is likely to have nightmares about it's possible this was meant to be the same Terminator model played in the films by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', which continued on from the first two ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films (but not the [[AlternateContinuity third and fourth films]]), recast every character from the films who appeared on the show. Creator/LenaHeadey replaced Linda Hamilton as the title character; Thomas Dekker took over the role of John Connor. This also applied to guest characters: Jonathan Jackson replaced Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese (who appears in flashbacks and as a blood-loss-induced hallucination), Bruce Davison replaced Earl Boen (who is retired) as Dr. Silberman, Tony Amendola replaced Castulo Guerra as Enrique Salceda, and a photo of Miles Dyson showed actor Phil Morris rather than Joe Morton. In the pilot episode, Sarah has a nightmare involving a Terminator played by Aaron James Cash. Although it's not clear, given what Sarah is likely to have nightmares about it's possible this was meant to be the same Terminator model played in the films by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
27th Apr '16 12:22:25 PM bohunk
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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' started off with 16-year-old Max Pirkis playing 11-year-old Octavian. As the series covers over 20 years of history over only two seasons, they had to recast him about halfway through, as [[JustifiedTrope Pirkis didn't look old enough to play Octavian as an adult]]. Enter 27-year old Simon Woods.

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' started off with 16-year-old Max Pirkis playing 11-year-old Octavian. As the series covers over 20 years of history over only two seasons, they had to recast him about halfway through, as [[JustifiedTrope Pirkis didn't look old enough to play Octavian as an adult]].adult. Enter 27-year old Simon Woods.
23rd Apr '16 7:19:01 PM bwburke94
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** There's also the unaired pilot used to pitch the show where Willow was played by Riff Reagan. AlysonHannigan took over in the main series.

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** There's also the unaired pilot used to pitch the show where Willow was played by Riff Reagan. AlysonHannigan Regan. Creator/AlysonHannigan took over in the main series.



** In the non-flashback footage of "When She Was Bad", the person under all that makeup playing The Master is David Boreanaz. Furthermore, in the first ''Buffy'' game for Xbox, he's voiced by D.C. Douglas.
** The General is this to General Voll, whose fate is never addressed.

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** In the non-flashback footage of "When She Was Bad", the person under all that makeup playing The Master is David Boreanaz.Boreanaz instead of Mark Metcalf. Furthermore, in the first ''Buffy'' game for Xbox, he's voiced by D.C. Douglas.
** The General is this to General Voll, whose fate is never addressed.
Douglas.
22nd Apr '16 1:12:37 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Season 3 launch released a slew of fandom-bending changes, none explained with so much as a hand wave, and the more jarring of which was Rachel Berry's dads featured in a series of photobooth pictures in the series pilot by two [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Guys!]] would be played mid-season by Jeff Goldblum (whose pilot doppelganger was bald) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (whose pilot doppelganger was of a significantly darker complexion).

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Season 3 launch released a slew of fandom-bending changes, none explained with so much as a hand wave, and the more jarring of which was Rachel Berry's dads featured in a series of photobooth pictures in the series pilot by two [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Guys!]] would be played mid-season by Jeff Goldblum (whose pilot doppelganger was bald) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (whose pilot doppelganger was of a significantly darker complexion).
20th Apr '16 10:44:01 PM Tamfang
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* The UrExample is ''The Goldbergs'' (not to be confused with the unrelated [[Series/TheGoldbergs ongoing series of the same name]]). The television version ran on CBS Television from 1949 to 1951 and co-starred Philip Loeb as Jake Goldberg. In 1950, Philip Loeb was blacklisted and accused of being a Communist, and pressure was placed on Gertude Berg (who both starred in '''and''' owned the television version as she had the radio original) to fire him. When she refused, General Foods cancelled their sponsorship, and CBS dropped it from their schedule by June 1951. Eight months later, however NBC - the show's original broadcasting home - picked up the series for the 1952-53 season, but informed Gertrude Berg that if she persisted in allowing Philip Loeb to remain with the series, it would never be seen on television again. She finally gave in, and the series reappeared in a twice-weekly, early-evening 15 minute format (with another change in title, to Molly, in due course), with Harold Stone and then Robert H. Harris replacing Loeb as Jake, though Berg quietly continued to pay a salary to Loeb.

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* The UrExample is ''The Goldbergs'' (not to be confused with the unrelated [[Series/TheGoldbergs ongoing series of the same name]]). The television version ran on CBS Television from 1949 to 1951 and co-starred Philip Loeb as Jake Goldberg. In 1950, Philip Loeb was blacklisted and accused of being a Communist, and pressure was placed on Gertude Berg (who both starred in '''and''' owned the television version as she had the radio original) to fire him. When she refused, General Foods cancelled their sponsorship, and CBS dropped it from their schedule by June 1951. Eight months later, however NBC - the show's original broadcasting home - picked up the series for the 1952-53 season, but informed Gertrude Berg that if she persisted in allowing Philip Loeb to remain with the series, it would never be seen on television again. She finally gave in, and the series reappeared in a twice-weekly, early-evening 15 minute format (with another change in title, to Molly, in due course), with Harold Stone and then Robert H. Harris replacing Loeb as Jake, though Berg quietly continued to pay a salary to Loeb.



** Chalke was introduced by the cast specifically referencing this trope -- in TheTag of her first episode, the family is watching ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and the topic of how an actor change should be presented to the viewing audience is brought up, right before the camera focuses on the new Becky for the first time. She then smilingly comments that ''she'' prefers the second Darrin.

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** Chalke was introduced by the cast specifically referencing this trope -- in TheTag of her first episode, the family is watching ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and the topic of how an actor change should be presented to the viewing audience is brought up, right before the camera focuses on the new Becky for the first time. She then smilingly comments that ''she'' prefers the second Darrin.



** Actress Caitlin Brown played the Narn attache Na'Toth in the first season. Brown then quit due to trouble with her prosthetic makeup and also in order to expand her film career - she was replaced by Mary Kay Adams. In one episode of the final season, Na'Toth reappeared alive after being presumed dead, in a Centauri prison cell - Caitlin Brown came back for this final appearance of the character.

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** Actress Caitlin Brown played the Narn attache Na'Toth in the first season. Brown then quit due to trouble with her prosthetic makeup and also in order to expand her film career - she was replaced by Mary Kay Adams. In one episode of the final season, Na'Toth reappeared alive after being presumed dead, in a Centauri prison cell - Caitlin Brown came back for this final appearance of the character.



** Lois And Clark also had the distinction of recasting Lois' entire immediate family. Lois's father was initially played by Denis Arndt, providing a bland Sam Lane in the character's Season 1 introduction, and Harve Presnell as a more caustic version in a string of appearances starting in Season 3. Her sister, Lucy, was initially portrayed by Elizabeth Barondess in the show's first three episodes before disappearing; when she returned, she was played by Roxana Zal. Lois's mother was played by Phyllis Coates during the first season finale, and in subsequent appearances by Beverly Garland. Coates' appearance on ''Series/LoisAndClark'' also qualified as StuntCasting, as she played Lois Lane in the feature film "Superman and the Mole Men" and later in the classic ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' TV show (where, ironically, she was replaced after one season by Noel Neill, who had previously played Lois in Superman's first live-action screen appearances, the 1948 and 1950 serials starring Kirk Alyn -- making Neill her own Other Darrin's Other Darrin).

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** Lois And Clark also had the distinction of recasting Lois' entire immediate family. Lois's father was initially played by Denis Arndt, providing a bland Sam Lane in the character's Season 1 introduction, and Harve Presnell as a more caustic version in a string of appearances starting in Season 3. Her sister, Lucy, was initially portrayed by Elizabeth Barondess in the show's first three episodes before disappearing; when she returned, she was played by Roxana Zal. Lois's mother was played by Phyllis Coates during the first season finale, and in subsequent appearances by Beverly Garland. Coates' appearance on ''Series/LoisAndClark'' also qualified as StuntCasting, as she played Lois Lane in the feature film "Superman and the Mole Men" and later in the classic ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' TV show (where, ironically, she was replaced after one season by Noel Neill, who had previously played Lois in Superman's first live-action screen appearances, the 1948 and 1950 serials starring Kirk Alyn -- making Neill her own Other Darrin's Other Darrin).



* Strangest example ever: the two Gabys from ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}''. Gaby started out as Alex's pesky little sister, until the actress hit her growth spurt and was as tall as Alex. So later scripts changed Gaby's personality to reflect this. Then the actress was replaced by a new, shorter one -- and Gaby reverted to her old personality.

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* Strangest example ever: the two Gabys from ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}''. Gaby started out as Alex's pesky little sister, until the actress hit her growth spurt and was as tall as Alex. So later scripts changed Gaby's personality to reflect this. Then the actress was replaced by a new, shorter one -- and Gaby reverted to her old personality.



** Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers played the same incarnation of the Master in different stories. As with Davros, the heavy makeup may have made it hard to tell. According to the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, this is supposed to be a heavily decayed version of (sans heavy makeup) Roger Delgado's incarnation, who was a semi-regular from 1971-73. There is also another incarnation of the Master shown during his execution at the beginning of the TV Movie - it's kept purposefully ambiguous, but the assumption is that it's the Ainley incarnation of the Master, played briefly by a different actor.

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** Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers played the same incarnation of the Master in different stories. As with Davros, the heavy makeup may have made it hard to tell. According to the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, this is supposed to be a heavily decayed version of (sans heavy makeup) Roger Delgado's incarnation, who was a semi-regular from 1971-73. There is also another incarnation of the Master shown during his execution at the beginning of the TV Movie - it's kept purposefully ambiguous, but the assumption is that it's the Ainley incarnation of the Master, played briefly by a different actor.



** Robin Hood was played by Tom Ellis in his first episode, and by Sean Maguire when the character became a series regular. A later backstory episode showed Robin acquiring a pendant that could disguise oneself - which many interpreted to be a nod to Robin looking different in his first appearance.

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** Robin Hood was played by Tom Ellis in his first episode, and by Sean Maguire when the character became a series regular. A later backstory episode showed Robin acquiring a pendant that could disguise oneself - which many interpreted to be a nod to Robin looking different in his first appearance.



* On ''Series/{{Profiler}}'', Sam Waters' daughter, Chloe, played for two seasons by the prepubescent Caitlin Wachs, suddenly turned into the obviously adolescent Evan Rachel Wood in Season 3. Thus, a character who - within the show's time frame -- was sleeping with stuffed animals and being read bedtime stories a week ago became concerned with boys and make-up almost literally overnight. [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome Kids grow up so fast]], don't they?

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* On ''Series/{{Profiler}}'', Sam Waters' daughter, Chloe, played for two seasons by the prepubescent Caitlin Wachs, suddenly turned into the obviously adolescent Evan Rachel Wood in Season 3. Thus, a character who - within the show's time frame -- was sleeping with stuffed animals and being read bedtime stories a week ago became concerned with boys and make-up almost literally overnight. [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome Kids grow up so fast]], don't they?



* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Aunt Vivian's actress - Janet Hubert-Whitten - was replaced in the third season, due to an inability to come to a contract agreement and ongoing tension between her and WillSmith. She was replaced with Daphne Maxwell Reid who remained for the rest of the series. This was lampshaded at the beginning of the 5th season, when Jazz asked Will Smith who they got to replace Vivian this time and a SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome-addled Nicky Banks answered "It's the same mom!" In fact it was lampshaded quite openly numerous times throughout the show. Will Smith often [[AsideGlance mugged for the camera]] after making these comments, which were generally ad-libbed.

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* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Aunt Vivian's actress - Janet Hubert-Whitten - was replaced in the third season, due to an inability to come to a contract agreement and ongoing tension between her and WillSmith. She was replaced with Daphne Maxwell Reid who remained for the rest of the series. This was lampshaded at the beginning of the 5th season, when Jazz asked Will Smith who they got to replace Vivian this time and a SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome-addled Nicky Banks answered "It's the same mom!" In fact it was lampshaded quite openly numerous times throughout the show. Will Smith often [[AsideGlance mugged for the camera]] after making these comments, which were generally ad-libbed.



* Somewhat odd example in ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Dale "the Whale" is played by three different actors in his three appearances: Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," Creator/TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On The Run, Part 2". All three did the role in fatsuits and, under their makeup and prosthetic fat, looked quite similar and could have probably been passed off without many people noticing- except that the second actor was Tim Curry, who made no attempt to disguise his trademark accent.

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* Somewhat odd example in ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Dale "the Whale" is played by three different actors in his three appearances: Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," Creator/TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On The Run, Part 2". All three did the role in fatsuits and, under their makeup and prosthetic fat, looked quite similar and could have probably been passed off without many people noticing- noticing except that the second actor was Tim Curry, who made no attempt to disguise his trademark accent.



** This is made much worse by the fact that some of these actors later appear as ''different characters'' - for example, one actress who started out as Madeline Bassett plays Florence Craye in later episodes.

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** This is made much worse by the fact that some of these actors later appear as ''different characters'' - for example, one actress who started out as Madeline Bassett plays Florence Craye in later episodes.



** For one Season 1 episode, Lestat - the Pomeranian dog who portrayed Claire's dog Mr. Muggles - was unavailable, so his brother Beowulf filled in. The two dogs look noticeably different so the new dog was put in a jacket to hide this.

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** For one Season 1 episode, Lestat - the Pomeranian dog who portrayed Claire's dog Mr. Muggles - was unavailable, so his brother Beowulf filled in. The two dogs look noticeably different so the new dog was put in a jacket to hide this.



* In the popular Australian soap ''Series/HomeAndAway'', the character of Pippa was originally played by curly-haired blonde Vanessa Downing. She was replaced by Debra Lawrence - an actress with straight, brown hair.
* In ''Series/TheRestlessYears'', another Aussie soap, one character was seen in a hairdresser's, commenting "I hope my hair turns out ok". She then whipped the towel off to show that she'd changed from brunette to blonde - and changed actresses at the same time.

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* In the popular Australian soap ''Series/HomeAndAway'', the character of Pippa was originally played by curly-haired blonde Vanessa Downing. She was replaced by Debra Lawrence - an actress with straight, brown hair.
* In ''Series/TheRestlessYears'', another Aussie soap, one character was seen in a hairdresser's, commenting "I hope my hair turns out ok". She then whipped the towel off to show that she'd changed from brunette to blonde - and changed actresses at the same time.



** The most famous instance concerns Jan in ''The Brady Bunch Hour''. When Eve Plumb was unavailable for the variety series that aired in 1977, actress Geri Reischl stepped into the role. Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Season 8 episode "The Simpsons' Spin-Off Showcase", said segment being titled ''The Smile-Time Variety Hour'' (one of three fictional plots seen in the episode). A blond-haired teenaged girl named "Lisa" replaces the real Lisa, with the explanation that she refused to participate, "But thanks to some creative casting, you won't even notice!"

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** The most famous instance concerns Jan in ''The Brady Bunch Hour''. When Eve Plumb was unavailable for the variety series that aired in 1977, actress Geri Reischl stepped into the role. Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Season 8 episode "The Simpsons' Spin-Off Showcase", said segment being titled ''The Smile-Time Variety Hour'' (one of three fictional plots pilots seen in the episode). A blond-haired teenaged girl named "Lisa" replaces the real Lisa, with the explanation that she refused to participate, "But thanks to some creative casting, you won't even notice!"



* ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'' had Lesley Vickerage as Helen, up until she separated from Tommy. Then in the last season she comes back - played by Catherine Russell. This wouldn't be so bad if the two actresses looked anything like each other - one notable difference is that Lesley's hair is short and black while Catherine's is long and brown - and if they hadn't ''called attention to Helen's appearance in an episode''. [[spoiler:When you make Havers get haircut to look like Helen as a cover, and you make a big deal about how they look the same from behind, chances are fans will ''notice''.]] Better yet, Vickerage was actually the ''second'' actress to play Helen -- the character also appeared in the first story ever shot, the pilot episode "A Great Deliverance", played by Emma Fielding!

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* ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'' had Lesley Vickerage as Helen, up until she separated from Tommy. Then in the last season she comes back - played by Catherine Russell. This wouldn't be so bad if the two actresses looked anything like each other - one notable difference is that Lesley's hair is short and black while Catherine's is long and brown - and if they hadn't ''called attention to Helen's appearance in an episode''. [[spoiler:When you make Havers get haircut to look like Helen as a cover, and you make a big deal about how they look the same from behind, chances are fans will ''notice''.]] Better yet, Vickerage was actually the ''second'' actress to play Helen -- the character also appeared in the first story ever shot, the pilot episode "A Great Deliverance", played by Emma Fielding!



* Brass's daughter Ellie in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was played by two very different-looking actresses -- [[http://www.superiorpics.com/pictures2/Aycox_sd1.jpg Nicki Aycox]] in her first appearance, [[http://slavkuv.net/gilmore/galerie/teal-redmann/teal-redmann-005.jpg Teal Redmann]] in her subsequent ones. The fact that there was a multi-season gap between her appearances took the edge off of this somewhat.

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* Brass's daughter Ellie in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was played by two very different-looking actresses -- [[http://www.superiorpics.com/pictures2/Aycox_sd1.jpg Nicki Aycox]] in her first appearance, [[http://slavkuv.net/gilmore/galerie/teal-redmann/teal-redmann-005.jpg Teal Redmann]] in her subsequent ones. The fact that there was a multi-season gap between her appearances took the edge off of this somewhat.



** Deirdre Barlow's daughter Tracy was portrayed by child actresses Christabel Finch and Holly Chamarette before switching to Dawn Acton from her late teens onwards. All three portrayed the character in a broadly consistent way as moody, insecure and eventually evolving into something of a Goth. From 2002, she was played by Kate Ford. Funnily enough Tracy's own daughter Amy underwent this, being at first played by Amber Chadwick for four years - and then recast with Elle Mulvaney. Two other actresses had played her when she was just a baby.

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** Deirdre Barlow's daughter Tracy was portrayed by child actresses Christabel Finch and Holly Chamarette before switching to Dawn Acton from her late teens onwards. All three portrayed the character in a broadly consistent way as moody, insecure and eventually evolving into something of a Goth. From 2002, she was played by Kate Ford. Funnily enough Tracy's own daughter Amy underwent this, being at first played by Amber Chadwick for four years - and then recast with Elle Mulvaney. Two other actresses had played her when she was just a baby.



* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' originally aired with Backup, the title character's dog, being portrayed as a bulldog (by a dog called Gordo). Subsequently it was a pit bull (played by a dog called 'Lefty') - not only a different colouring entirely (changing from brown spots on white to tan all over) but a breed change. This was because, despite having one and a half months to prepare, the trainer had failed to teach the original dog-actor the required stunt and so the dog had to be replaced. However, no hint was given in the show that anything was amiss, despite the replacement dog also being much larger than the original.

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* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' originally aired with Backup, the title character's dog, being portrayed as a bulldog (by a dog called Gordo). Subsequently it was a pit bull (played by a dog called 'Lefty') - not only a different colouring entirely (changing from brown spots on white to tan all over) but a breed change. This was because, despite having one and a half months to prepare, the trainer had failed to teach the original dog-actor the required stunt and so the dog had to be replaced. However, no hint was given in the show that anything was amiss, despite the replacement dog also being much larger than the original.



** Lesley-Ann Brandt, who played Naevia in ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena'', was replaced by Cynthia Addai-Robinson for ''Vengeance'' - due to Brandt wanting more money.

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** Lesley-Ann Brandt, who played Naevia in ''Blood and Sand'' and ''Gods of the Arena'', was replaced by Cynthia Addai-Robinson for ''Vengeance'' - due to Brandt wanting more money.



* The governor of Hawaii in the pilot for the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' was played by Lew Ayres; for the series he turned into Richard Denning - but oddly enough, Lew Ayres later appeared on the series in another role!

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* The governor of Hawaii in the pilot for the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' was played by Lew Ayres; for the series he turned into Richard Denning - but oddly enough, Lew Ayres later appeared on the series in another role!



* In ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'', when Fermin's first actor (Augusto Benedico) was no longer available, he was replaced by Armando Calvo- who was and looked 10 years younger than the first actor. Also, the actress who played Maria Joaquina's mother Clara was replaced.

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* In ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'', when Fermin's first actor (Augusto Benedico) was no longer available, he was replaced by Armando Calvo- Calvo who was and looked 10 years younger than the first actor. Also, the actress who played Maria Joaquina's mother Clara was replaced.



* On ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', the title character's son Quentin was played by three different actors - Noah Segan in the pilot, then Jon Paul Steuer, and Sam Horrigan in the final two seasons. The second switch is notable for also being a case of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome, as Quentin went from a pre-teen to a fifteen year old.

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* On ''Series/GraceUnderFire'', the title character's son Quentin was played by three different actors - Noah Segan in the pilot, then Jon Paul Steuer, and Sam Horrigan in the final two seasons. The second switch is notable for also being a case of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome, as Quentin went from a pre-teen to a fifteen year old.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Season 3 launch released a slew of fandom-bending changes, none explained with so much as a hand wave, and the more jarring of which was Rachel Berry's dads - featured in a series of photobooth pictures in the series pilot by two [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Guys!]] - would be played mid-season by Jeff Goldblum (whose pilot doppelganger was bald) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (whose pilot doppelganger was of a significantly darker complexion).
* The TV series ''Assignment: Vienna'' had its entire regular cast made up of Other Darrins - the pilot film, ''Assignment: Munich'' (even the ''location'' was a case of TheOtherDarrin) starred Roy Scheider, Richard Basehart and Werner Klemperer, but Scheider elected not to do the series because he thought films were his future (''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' notwithstanding, [[Film/{{Jaws}} he was right]]); hence all three leads were replaced by Robert Conrad, Charles Cioffi and Anton Diffring respectively, with filming changed to Vienna so the 1972 Olympics wouldn't disrupt production.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Season 3 launch released a slew of fandom-bending changes, none explained with so much as a hand wave, and the more jarring of which was Rachel Berry's dads - featured in a series of photobooth pictures in the series pilot by two [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey It's That Guys!]] - would be played mid-season by Jeff Goldblum (whose pilot doppelganger was bald) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (whose pilot doppelganger was of a significantly darker complexion).
* The TV series ''Assignment: Vienna'' had its entire regular cast made up of Other Darrins - the pilot film, ''Assignment: Munich'' (even the ''location'' was a case of TheOtherDarrin) starred Roy Scheider, Richard Basehart and Werner Klemperer, but Scheider elected not to do the series because he thought films were his future (''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' notwithstanding, [[Film/{{Jaws}} he was right]]); hence all three leads were replaced by Robert Conrad, Charles Cioffi and Anton Diffring respectively, with filming changed to Vienna so the 1972 Olympics wouldn't disrupt production.



* The talent show ''Spanish Archer'', broadcast on the very cheap UK cable network Live TV, played this for laughs. The host character "El Bow" changed actor part-way through the run - from a man to a woman.

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* The talent show ''Spanish Archer'', broadcast on the very cheap UK cable network Live TV, played this for laughs. The host character "El Bow" changed actor part-way through the run - from a man to a woman.



* In the TV series of ''Series/TheSaint'', the only character from the Leslie Charteris works other than Simon Templar to appear on anything like a regular basis was Chief Inspector Teal - in his first appearance ("The Man Who Was Lucky") he was played by Campbell Singer, then he turned into Wensley Pithey in "Starring The Saint," then Norman Pitt took the role in "The Elusive Ellshaw" before Ivor Dean (who'd previously appeared on the series in "Starring The Saint") was cast in "Iris" and played the inspector for the rest of the run. But when ''Series/ReturnOfTheSaint'' came along, Creator/RogerMoore was unavailable (which was due to his commitment to the [[Film/{{JamesBond}} James Bond film franchise]]), so Ian Ogilvy took over the role, despite that the series was originally conceived as Son of the Saint, with Ogilvy's character identified as the offspring of Simon Templar. As production neared, it was decided to drop the relative angle and make the series about the original character, albeit updated to the late 1970s.

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* In the TV series of ''Series/TheSaint'', the only character from the Leslie Charteris works other than Simon Templar to appear on anything like a regular basis was Chief Inspector Teal - in his first appearance ("The Man Who Was Lucky") he was played by Campbell Singer, then he turned into Wensley Pithey in "Starring The Saint," then Norman Pitt took the role in "The Elusive Ellshaw" before Ivor Dean (who'd previously appeared on the series in "Starring The Saint") was cast in "Iris" and played the inspector for the rest of the run. But when ''Series/ReturnOfTheSaint'' came along, Creator/RogerMoore was unavailable (which was due to his commitment to the [[Film/{{JamesBond}} James Bond film franchise]]), so Ian Ogilvy took over the role, despite that the series was originally conceived as Son of the Saint, with Ogilvy's character identified as the offspring of Simon Templar. As production neared, it was decided to drop the relative angle and make the series about the original character, albeit updated to the late 1970s.



* In the ''Series/TwinPeaks'' prequel/concluding movie ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', most original cast members were either brought back for at least a few scenes, or had their characters simply alluded to rather than present on screen. However, Donna Hayward - who, as Laura's best friend, was too important to the plot to simply write around - was re-cast with Moira Kelly, since Lara Flynn Boyle declined to return (reportedly due to her unpopularity with the fandom after she was blamed for a particularly disliked piece of ExecutiveMeddling towards the end of the show's run).

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* In the ''Series/TwinPeaks'' prequel/concluding movie ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'', most original cast members were either brought back for at least a few scenes, or had their characters simply alluded to rather than present on screen. However, Donna Hayward - who, as Laura's best friend, was too important to the plot to simply write around - was re-cast with Moira Kelly, since Lara Flynn Boyle declined to return (reportedly due to her unpopularity with the fandom after she was blamed for a particularly disliked piece of ExecutiveMeddling towards the end of the show's run).



* The Swedish [[ForeignRemake remake]] of ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', ''Albert och Herbert'' was a major success after the first season, so a second season was soon planned -- only for it to be found out that Lennart Lundh,the actor for Herbert, had quit acting to become an antiquarian in Paris. Fortunately, a young actor named Tomas von Brömssen was found as a replacement.

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* The Swedish [[ForeignRemake remake]] of ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'', ''Albert och Herbert'' was a major success after the first season, so a second season was soon planned -- only for it to be found out that Lennart Lundh,the actor for Herbert, had quit acting to become an antiquarian in Paris. Fortunately, a young actor named Tomas von Brömssen was found as a replacement.
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