Written by / 1/07/2013 / No comments /

TV ADDITIONS AND/OR REPLACEMENTS THAT WORKED

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD AS JIM IGNATOWSKI ON TAXI
The first season of the classic sitcom had two Tony Danza characters. Of course, Tony Danza played one – Tony Banta was an airhead nice guy boxer. Randall Carver played the second… Small town dreamer John Burns and Tony Banta were so much alike, the producers canned John Burns and brought back a memorable character from an episode of the first season: And as hippie burnout Jim Ignatowski, Christopher Lloyd pretty much stole the rest of the series...
BILL MURRAY AS HIMSELF ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
In the beginning of his hit-and-miss career, Chevy Chase left a gig long before COMMUNITY. Back in 1976 the lanky dry-witted Chase departed the original SNL after one groundbreaking season. Chase began every show with pratfalls and perhaps wanted movie fame instead of sore knees – but during the middle of the second season Bill Murray filled his shoes. It took a few episodes for him to get his bearings: it was the lounge singing motormouth Nick that first assured viewers: “He’s Bill Murray and not Chevy Chase.”
WALTER KOENIG AS CHEKOV ON STAR TREK
STAR TREK creator Gene Roddenberry made sure the Enterprise Bridge resembled the United Nations with an African American, a Japanese, and Scotsman and… a Vulcan… So during season two the addition of a Russian, during the Cold War, was the perfect choice… Chekov made for a mop-haired cool cat to nab a younger audience, but he fit right in with adults as well... 
WOODY HARRELSON AS WOODY ON CHEERS
After the death of Nicholas Colasanto, who played the spaced-out bartender named Coach, it seemed no one could fill those shoes – but Woody Harrelson’s Woody, who was simply sweet and na├»ve rather than old and senile… And for the most part, Woody had even funnier lines...
JOAN COLLINS AS ALEXIS ON DYNASTY
The first season of the nighttime soap had a somewhat poor family contrasting with a really rich one, and after the first season, the po folks, including Bo Hopkins and Katy Kurtzman, were given the boot… Heck, even the chauffeur co-starred that first year – but once they entered Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington in the beginning of Season Two, the show became more popular than ever…
JOHN MENGATTI AS NICK ON THE WHITE SHADOW
There were a few white players on the Carver High School basketball team, and one of them, Salami (Timothy Van Patten) had a cousin from New York named Nick Vitaglia, a street savvy Robert DeNiro type who can’t stand the California sunshine. John not only made Salami a better character but added essential East Coast flavor to the proceedings...
NANCY McKEON AS JO ON THE FACTS OF LIFE
The first season featured about a dozen girls, including a young Molly Ringwald, before it was decided to have only four. And Nancy McKeon’s tomboy Jo replaced all the girls except Blair, Tootie, and Natalie. Her constant bouts with Blair were classic... And her brother Philip McKeon can also be counted, since he replaced Alfred Lutter after the pilot episode of ALICE...
PRISCILLA BARNES AS TERRI ON THREE’S COMPANY
After Suzanne Somers left the building of the popular sitcom, the first replacement was Jennilee Harrison, who did an alright job filling the bombshell airhead role but perhaps she was too much like her “cousin,” so when a blonde with a brain, Terri, a nurse played by Pricilla Barnes, came aboard, the series lasted another three seasons…
CELIA WESTON AS JOLENE ON ALICE
When Polly Holliday’s Flo left for her own sitcom, they replaced her with the Flo from the Martin Scorsese film for which the series was based… Diane Ladd (as “Belle”) faired better cinematically… She was too much like Polly Holliday but not as funny… And so another replacement, Celia Weston as good girl Jolene, clicked with the diner and audiences...
ANN WEDGEWORTH AS LANA ON THREE’S COMPANY
Men everywhere couldn’t understand why horny single guy Jack Tripper (John Ritter) dodged the sultry, lusty cougar neighbor Lana’s persistent advances… No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t land Jack… And at the same time she had to dodge Mr. Furley (Don Knotts)…
MARY JO CATLETT AS PEARL ON DIFF'RENT STROKES
Charlotte Ray left DIFF’RENT STROKES for her own sitcom THE FACTS OF LIFE after the first season, and was replaced by an old gray haired lady Adele (Nedra Volz) who tried too hard with constant one liners… Mary Jo’s Pearl was a perfect replacement and the kind of faithful, hard-working "help" you’d want around your New York penthouse…
CHARLES HALLAHAN AS DEVANE ON HUNTER
After a bevy of growling police chiefs, including John Amos and Bruce Davison, they finally got it right with Charles Hallahan as Captain Charles Devane, who’s both tough and tender as he tries keeping Fred Dryer’s HUNTER in line...
CATHY SILVERS AS JENNY ON HAPPY DAYS
One of the coolest, cutest flirts in sitcom history, Jenny Piccolo, played by Cathy Silvers (daughter of legendary Phil Silvers), had her eye on every dude at Arnold’s and was quite a gossip, keeping the ball rolling during the later seasons…
MATTHEW LABORTEAUX AS ALBERT ON LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
Although this will come to a surprise to the group of Albert-haters on the Internet (especially the imdb LITTLE HOUSE page where they can’t talk about anything else), Matthew Laborteaux was a great addition to the Ingalls family. Mary had gone blind and a new youngster was needed, and in a houseful of girls, the young male viewers needed someone to relate with. A year after playing the young Michael Landon in a flashback episode, Albert was the adopted street urchin and without his presence we wouldn’t have classic cult episodes like the heart-wrenching SYLVIA starring Matthew and Olivia Barash... Okay, so Albert was a bad luck charm – but blame the writers, not him…
OLIVIA BARASH AS MAXIE ON FAME
Speaking of Olivia Barash, her character Maxie helped perk up the second half of the final season of FAME… A character much like herself, Maxie is a cult actress turned singer (Olivia starred in the cult classic REPO MAN only two years prior) and she can really belt a tune – here's proof...
Share This Post :
Tags :

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

PAIGE CONNER POSSESSES EXPLOITATION HORROR IN 'THE VISITOR'

Paige Conner in THE VISITOR Year: 1979 THE VISITOR has many cult influences starting with THE BIRDS since the blonde-haired, blue-eyed eight...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

COMING SOON/NEXT REVIEW

COMING SOON/NEXT REVIEW
Review of Richard Fleischer's Neo Noir SEE NO EVIL with Mia Farrow... on Indicator Blu...

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "There's nothing meaner than a mean woman." Lee Marvin in Richard Fleischer's Violent Saturday

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE

FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR/CRIME

PERSONAL FAVORITES

1)THE CROWDED SKY 2)THE FEARMAKERS 3)PULP 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)OTLEY 6)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 7)VIOLENT SATURDAY 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HARDCORE 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HOT CARS 13)SHARKS' TREASURE 14)SWEENEY TWO 15)WAR OF THE WORLDS 16)EASY LIVING 17)ASH WEDNESDAY 18)THE SERGEANT 19)AL CAPONE 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THE ROARING TWENTIES 22)THE DEFECTOR 23)AIR PATROL 24)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 25)THE SYSTEM 26)ATLANTIC CITY 27)KILLER FISH 28)WHITE HEAT 29)ROYAL FLASH 30)CORVETTE SUMMER 31)COMPULSION 32)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 33)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 38)THE LINEUP 39)SWAMP WATER 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 41)RUMBLE FISH 42)CANYON RIVER 43)THE HEARSE 44)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 45)JUNGLE STREET 46)THE DRIVER 47)FRENZY 48)PECKINPAH'S STRAW DOGS 49)THE KILLING 50)FORCE TEN FROM NARAVONE 51)BULLITT 52)WICHITA 53)QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS 54)KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE 55)LAURA 56)THE BREAK 57)CRIME WAVE 58)SORCERER 59)THE STONE KILLER 60)BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA

GREATEST MOVIES EVER 1)THE GODFATHER PART II 2)GOODFELLAS 3)THE GODFATHER 4)CHINATOWN 5)LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 6)JAWS 7)A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 8)IN COLD BLOOD 9)CITIZEN KANE 10)PSYCHO

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

SIXTIES BRITISH NEW WAVE

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

ALL KINDS OF HORROR

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

DANA ANDREWS FACEBOOK

STARING DOWN THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

CRUISING THE SEVENTIES

All Time Popular

PUNCHING UP THE THIRTIES

PEELING OUT THE FORTIES

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE