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1st Feb '17 6:38:49 AM wendla1891
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* The British soap ''Emmerdale'' has replaced many actors, usually the children. However, Robert Sugden (then played by Karl Davies) was absent from the show between 2005 and 2014 (save for an appearance in 2009). When he returned to the village as a major character in '14, he was played by Ryan Hawley. The replacement of Davies with Hawley also marked a definite shift in Robert's storylines, as [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the bad boy]] villain Davies played was the center of a RedemptionQuest when he fell in love with [[ClosetKey Aaron Dingle]], placing him at the center of one of the most popular couples and [[LoveRedeems providing him with much more heroic storylines.]]
* In season one of the sitcom ''WillAndGrace'', Will's estranged brother Sam made an appearance, played by future MadMen John Slattery. In season 8, Sam Truman makes an appearance again, this time played by Steven Weber.
9th Jan '17 3:42:09 PM Xtifr
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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).

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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'' ''Series/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).
6th Jan '17 3:34:53 AM JamesAustin
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*** Bill Clinton (played by DanaCarvey[[note]]as the young, draft-dodging, pot-smoking hippie Clinton[[/note]], PhilHartman, Michael [=McKean=] [during the show's much-loathed 20th season], Darrell Hammond, and Beck Bennett)

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*** Bill Clinton (played by DanaCarvey[[note]]as Creator/DanaCarvey,[[note]]as the young, draft-dodging, pot-smoking hippie Clinton[[/note]], PhilHartman, Clinton[[/note]] Creator/PhilHartman, Michael [=McKean=] [during the show's much-loathed 20th season], Darrell Hammond, and Beck Bennett)



*** Donald Trump has been played by PhilHartman, Darrell Hammond, Jason Sudeikis (in a one-off sketch), Taran Killam and Alec Baldwin. Most of the current political sketches in the 2015-2016 season have ping-ponged between having Taran Killam as Donald Trump and having Darrell Hammond (who is back on the show as the new announcer following Don Pardo's death) as Trump, with Hammond looking and sounding the most like him. From 2016 onward, Emmy winner Alec Baldwin has been portraying Trump.

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*** Donald Trump has been played by PhilHartman, Creator/PhilHartman, Darrell Hammond, Jason Sudeikis (in a one-off sketch), Taran Killam Creator/TaranKillam and Alec Baldwin.Creator/AlecBaldwin. Most of the current political sketches in the 2015-2016 season have ping-ponged between having Taran Killam as Donald Trump and having Darrell Hammond (who is back on the show as the new announcer following Don Pardo's death) as Trump, with Hammond looking and sounding the most like him. From 2016 onward, Emmy winner Alec Baldwin has been portraying Trump.
1st Jan '17 6:13:15 PM jasonbres
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*** Donald Trump has been played by PhilHartman, Darrell Hammond, Jason Sudeikis (in a one-off sketch), and Taran Killam. Most of the current political sketches in the 2015-2016 season have ping-ponged between having Taran Killam as Donald Trump and having Darrell Hammond (who is back on the show as the new announcer following Don Pardo's death) as Trump, with Hammond looking and sounding the most like him.

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*** Donald Trump has been played by PhilHartman, Darrell Hammond, Jason Sudeikis (in a one-off sketch), and Taran Killam.Killam and Alec Baldwin. Most of the current political sketches in the 2015-2016 season have ping-ponged between having Taran Killam as Donald Trump and having Darrell Hammond (who is back on the show as the new announcer following Don Pardo's death) as Trump, with Hammond looking and sounding the most like him. From 2016 onward, Emmy winner Alec Baldwin has been portraying Trump.
18th Dec '16 5:53:39 AM twilicorn
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** Darrin, [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. Dick York had to be replaced after five seasons because of a past disabling back injury that had torn the muscles on the right side of his back, and developing a strong addiction to pain killers. During his final season on ''Bewitched'', entire episodes had him sitting on a couch or lying in bed. Things were already tensing up as he struggled to remember his lines and show up for work, and execs wanted him fired almost from the beginning, but the final blow was a seizure he had on set that caused him to fall off a platform and bite a hole into his tongue, and it was mutually agreed upon that it was time to go. York would go on to spend years bed-ridden and fighting to overcome both his injury and an addiction to pain killers (which he did). The change to Dick Sargent (who ironically was originally offered the part in the beginning, but was unavailable at the time) was very quiet, but audiences were quick to notice "something different" about Darrin. To this day, it is extremely unusual for an actor playing a main character in a television series to be abruptly replaced like this. This example might even be the reason why. History repeated itself 15 years later when the actor who played the father on another supernatural sitcom, the 1980s obscurity ''Down to Earth'', was replaced. The replacement: Dick Sargent!

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** Darrin, [[CaptainObvious obviously]]. Dick York had to be replaced after five seasons because of a past disabling back injury that had torn the muscles on the right side of his back, and developing a strong addiction to pain killers. During his final season on ''Bewitched'', entire episodes had him sitting on a couch or lying in bed. Things were already tensing up as he struggled to remember his lines and show up for work, and execs wanted him fired almost from the beginning, but the final blow was a seizure he had on set that caused him to fall off a platform and bite a hole into his tongue, and it was mutually agreed upon that it was time to go. York would go on to spend years bed-ridden and fighting to overcome both his injury and an his painkiller addiction to pain killers (which he did). The change to Dick Sargent (who ironically was originally offered the part in the beginning, but was unavailable at the time) was very quiet, but audiences were quick to notice "something different" about Darrin. To this day, it is extremely unusual for an actor playing a main character in a television series to be abruptly replaced like this. This example might even be the reason why. History repeated itself 15 years later when the actor who played the father on another supernatural sitcom, the 1980s obscurity ''Down to Earth'', was replaced. The replacement: Dick Sargent!
16th Oct '16 12:08:04 PM Cindylover1969
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* Trinity in ''Series/TrailerparkBoys'' is played by Jeanna Harrison, except for the first movie, in which she's played by Lydia Lawson-Baird.

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* Trinity in ''Series/TrailerparkBoys'' is played by Jeanna Harrison, except for the first movie, in which she's played by Lydia Lawson-Baird.Lawson-Baird.
* When ''Lace'' became a smash-hit miniseries, ''Lace 2'' beckoned, but Bess Armstrong wanted more money to come back than Lorimar were willing to pay. Hence Phoebe Cates went from having Miss Armstrong as a mother to hsving Deborah Raffin.
26th Sep '16 10:09:40 PM dsneybuf
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*** Hillary Clinton is currently played by Kate [=McKinnon=], though when AmyPoehler came back to host a recent Christmas episode, Poehler was cast as her (in fairness, it was because the [=McKinnon=] Hillary Clinton was being visited from her past self).

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*** Hillary Clinton is currently played by Kate [=McKinnon=], though when AmyPoehler Creator/AmyPoehler came back to host a recent season 41 Christmas episode, Poehler was cast as her (in fairness, it was because the [=McKinnon=] Hillary Clinton was being visited from her past self).
18th Sep '16 5:02:11 AM narm00
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* 1990's soap ''SunsetBeach'' have a bunch of these. One of the main characters got switched twice.

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* 1990's soap ''SunsetBeach'' have has a bunch of these. One of the main characters got switched twice.



* The 1960s sitcom ''Series/{{TheMothersInLaw}}'' replaced without comment one of the principal actors, rotund, mustachioed Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd on ''Star Trek'') with bald, bespectacled Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley on ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'').

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* The 1960s sitcom ''Series/{{TheMothersInLaw}}'' ''Series/TheMothersInLaw'' replaced without comment one of the principal actors, rotund, mustachioed Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd on ''Star Trek'') with bald, bespectacled Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley on ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'').



** In what has to be the strangest case of this ever on the show, for the first two seasons a "featured extra" with long white hair and a grey beard named Dennis McKeever portrayed the First Builder of the Night's Watch, Othell Yarwick. His character is featured in scenes with an unnamed Night's Watch senior officer portrayed by Brian Fortune. Fortune's character, who has darker hair and no beard, is the one to take newly-minted Stewards Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly to a Weirwood tree to speak their vows, which would seem to make him First Steward Bowen Marsh (who did so in the novel). McKeever is seen in a few scenes during the second and third seasons, but Fortune doesn't appear again until Season Four, whereupon his character is addressed as "First Builder Yarwick"!

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** In what has to be the strangest case of this ever on the show, for the first two seasons a "featured extra" with long white hair and a grey beard named Dennis McKeever [=McKeever=] portrayed the First Builder of the Night's Watch, Othell Yarwick. His character is featured in scenes with an unnamed Night's Watch senior officer portrayed by Brian Fortune. Fortune's character, who has darker hair and no beard, is the one to take newly-minted Stewards Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly to a Weirwood tree to speak their vows, which would seem to make him First Steward Bowen Marsh (who did so in the novel). McKeever [=McKeever=] is seen in a few scenes during the second and third seasons, but Fortune doesn't appear again until Season Four, whereupon his character is addressed as "First Builder Yarwick"!



* Nineties British sitcom ''Birds of a Feather'' about two sisters coping together while their husbands were in prison had two cast changes, in that both actors who played the husbands were replaced. Chris was recast for Series Two up until the final series, at which point, Daryl was replaced as well while Chris was re-Darrined back into his Series One actor.

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* Nineties British sitcom ''Birds of a Feather'' Feather'', about two sisters coping together while their husbands were in prison prison, had two cast changes, in that both actors who played the husbands were replaced. Chris was recast for Series Two up until the final series, at which point, Daryl was replaced as well while Chris was re-Darrined back into his Series One actor.



* This trope is so rare in Latin America television, it was somewhat of a minor scandal when the Mexican SoapOpera ''Nada Personal'' changed the actress of the main heroine,from Ana Colchero to Christianne Gout, with only an small explanation at the beginning of a chapter who bordered in a LampshadeHanging.

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* This trope is so rare in Latin America American television, it was somewhat of a minor scandal when the Mexican SoapOpera ''Nada Personal'' changed the actress of the main heroine,from heroine, from Ana Colchero to Christianne Gout, with only an a small explanation at the beginning of a chapter who that bordered in on a LampshadeHanging.



* In the modern BBC adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's ''[[Literature/BlandingsCastle Blandings]]'', Beach the butler was recast from Mark Williams in series 1 to Tim Vine in series 2.
* Happened on ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' when Nicole Paggi was replaced with MeganFox as the teenage daughter Sydney after the first season. The show is credited as a big stepping stone in Megan Fox's career, but she looked ''nothing'' like Nicole (who was a blonde. [[AdaptationDyeJob Megan was a brunette]]), and even though she was technically 9 years younger, she looked much older, old enough to be her aunt Faith (played by Kelly Ripa)'s sister. Jansen Panettiere, meanwhile, was replaced with Paulie Litt as son Justin after the ''pilot''.

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* In the modern 2010s BBC adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's ''[[Literature/BlandingsCastle Blandings]]'', Beach the butler was recast from Mark Williams in series 1 to Tim Vine in series 2.
* Happened on ''Series/HopeAndFaith'' when Nicole Paggi was replaced with MeganFox Creator/MeganFox as the teenage daughter Sydney after the first season. The show is credited as a big stepping stone in Megan Fox's career, but she looked ''nothing'' like Nicole (who was a blonde. [[AdaptationDyeJob Megan was a brunette]]), and even though she was technically 9 years younger, she looked much older, old enough to be her aunt Faith (played by Kelly Ripa)'s sister. Jansen Panettiere, meanwhile, was replaced with Paulie Litt as son Justin after the ''pilot''.



* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has done this quite a few times though most of the recasts happen if the character only appeared once. Some of the characters who change actors include Toby Cavanaugh who is played by a different actor in the pilot than in the rest of the series, Kate Randall was recast for season 2 after her only appearance in season 1, Mrs. DiLaurentis is recast in season 2 and played by a pretty different woman in the pilot, and Jason DiLaurentis changes actors in season 2 after having appeared several times in season 1 by not only a very different looking actor but he also seemed to get a personality change after a discovery about the character in late season 1. [[spoiler:He is discovered to have used pot much to the surprise of the liars in season 1, but by season 2 the flashbacks make it appear that everyone knew he was a pothead and the real surprise was that he drank]] [[spoiler:He also becomes a pariah amongst his family by season 2 when in season 1 he seemed a lot more similar in personality to his half-sister Spencer Hastings (ie. he was mature enough to handle organizing her memorial service and was pressuring the police for answers)]].

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* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' has done this quite a few times times, though most of the recasts happen if the character only appeared once. Some of the characters who change actors include Toby Cavanaugh who is played by a different actor in the pilot than in the rest of the series, Kate Randall was recast for season 2 after her only appearance in season 1, Mrs. DiLaurentis [=DiLaurentis=] is recast in season 2 and played by a pretty different woman in the pilot, and Jason DiLaurentis [=DiLaurentis=] changes actors in season 2 after having appeared several times in season 1 by not only a very different looking actor but he also seemed to get a personality change after a discovery about the character in late season 1. [[spoiler:He is discovered to have used pot much to the surprise of the liars in season 1, but by season 2 the flashbacks make it appear that everyone knew he was a pothead and the real surprise was that he drank]] [[spoiler:He also becomes a pariah amongst his family by season 2 when in season 1 he seemed a lot more similar in personality to his half-sister Spencer Hastings (ie. he was mature enough to handle organizing her memorial service and was pressuring the police for answers)]].



* ''Series/HannahMontana'' recast the annoying neighbor, with the actor's identical twin brother. Most would only know if they checked the credits.

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* ''Series/HannahMontana'' recast the annoying neighbor, neighbor with the actor's identical twin brother. Most would only know if they checked the credits.



* 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'' 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 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.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' : As of the sixth season, Judith has been played by ''seven'' sets of twins. She also seems to be stuck in some kind of age time warp where she's perpetually six months old...for four years.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' : ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': As of the sixth season, Judith has been played by ''seven'' sets of twins. She also seems to be stuck in some kind of age time warp where she's perpetually six months old...for four years.
26th Aug '16 11:54:29 AM RobFRules
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* The long-running Canadian sketch comedy series ''Series/RoyalCanadianAirFarce'' originally featured founding cast member Don Ferguson as then-Canadian Alliance Party leader Stephen Harper in the early 2000s. Not long after, then-new cast member Craig Lauzon took over the role, possibly to allow Harper to appear in political sketches where Ferguson was playing Liberal leader and then-Prime Minister Paul Martin. Lauzon's take on Stephen Harper became one of his most familiar on the program, especially after Harper defeated Martin in the 2006 federal election.
18th Aug '16 1:19:02 PM Tre
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** The departure of Trace Beaulieu, who played Crow T. Robot, when the series moved from Comedy Central to SciFiChannel resulted in a change to Crow's voice when Bill Corbett took over the role. Crow's voice change was alluded to in the Sci-Fi opening credits, during which Crow proclaims, "I'm different!"

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** The departure of Trace Beaulieu, who played Crow T. Robot, when the series moved from Comedy Central to SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] resulted in a change to Crow's voice when Bill Corbett took over the role. Crow's voice change was alluded to in the Sci-Fi opening credits, during which Crow proclaims, "I'm different!"
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