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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 22 January 2018 at 6:54pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

May be a myth, but I remember hearing that one soap had a character walk through a door, and when they were shown again, it was a different actor. But it wasn't an instant change, More like `character goes through door, scene changes to other characters, character comes out a different door played by a different actor' in the same episode.

Back when I watched Days Of Our Lives, one actress left to pursue bigger and better things. The actress that replaced her has gone on to have a somewhat good career...while the one who left ended up doing softcore porn and a couple of tv movies. 
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 22 January 2018 at 8:42pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

George Burns, back in the '50s on 'Burns and Allen', took charge when the role of the next door neighbor, Harry Morton, was recast. The departing actor was in the first scene of his last episode. Then, George 'interrupted' to tell everybody that this was his last episode, we wish him well, and meet the new guy, who entered, and shook hands with the first guy, who departed, with a hearty round of applause from the studio audience. The scene continued, the new guy had the next line, and that was that.

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Rob Ocelot
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Posted: 23 January 2018 at 6:35pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It's amazing how calling a show 'Doctor Who' makes changes of actor much easier to accept!

Indeed.  Which is why the reaction to the recent gender change is amusing.  Some Doctor Who fans will crow on for days about how the show's flexible format helped it survive for decades and then the next minute turn around and say the show is effectively over because they cast a woman.   Talk about a double standard!

Speaking of character disappearances, Doctor Who has a couple of doozies...

*Dorothea Chaplet (aka Dodo) disappears part way through "The War Machines" and doesn't even say goodbye to the Doctor or the rest of the cast

*Kamelion, a shape changing robot appears for one story ("The King's Demons" before disappearing without explanation only to be written out a season later in "Planet of Fire".   Behind the scenes the prop was difficult to operate and the software programmer had died in an accident.


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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 24 January 2018 at 1:13am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

There was a scene filmed, but cut, for the story 'The Awakening', because they thought they needed to acknowledge Kamelion's presence since he hadn't appeared in that season...but Gerald Flood, who did the voice, wasn't available, so they wrote it as Kamelion 'imitating' Turlough's voice. Presumably, the same technical issues convinced them to cut the scene(the story itself had been cut from four to two episodes before filming).
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Phil Kreisel
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Posted: 26 January 2018 at 1:33pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Reading this thread makes me realize how many actors came and went from David E. Kelly's shows.  With respect to Boston Public, no explanations were made for the majority who left and were replaced; students often just graduated or teachers transferred to other schools, so no long drawn-out explanation was necessary.

In the case of Boston Legal, lawyers in the show were likely to have left for other firms (or to other Crane, Poole & Schmidt offices, as it was established that they had offices in L.A. and N.Y.C.).  The one cast member who was not a lawyer but instead started out as a client was Betty White, who continued to appear sporadically until at one point she was gone with no explanation whatsoever.  Often times, Boston Legal did mention the reason behind the disappearance of cast members (playing lawyers), though it was usually that they were practicing elsewhere.

On another note, with the disappearance of "7" from Married with Children, in addition to the milk carton, there was a picture of him in Kelly's mind when she was dumping information from her mind to make room for information that she needed for a quiz show appearance. 

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Sam Houston
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Posted: 29 January 2018 at 7:51pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Spin City was one that 1/2 the cast seemed to be gone when Michael J. Fox left and Charlie Sheen came on board. The show just never seemed as good since then.

As for a flip on this thread idea, in Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan, Khan and Chekov recognize each other, yet Chekov was not a character on Star Trek when "the Space Seed" episode aired. Chekov could have read up on Khan when he joined the Enterprise and this would explain him knowing of Khan, but for Khan to "never forget a face" and remember Chekov he did pretty well in recognizing someone he never met.
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 12:23am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I remember being disappointed when Boston Legal went to series after starting off as a storyline on The Practice. Two members of the firm didn't make the transition. 

Rebecca De Mornay as attorney Hannah Rose was not seen again after goading Eleanor Frutt into knocking her block off and being wheeled out on a gurney in a neck brace, and the firm's previous Denny Crane wrangler, played by Vince Colosimo, didn't cross over either, presumably to give James Spader's Alan Shore room to grow into the role. Both had done phenomenal work establishing the intelligence and mechanics of their characters, and I was hoping to see more of them. Who wouldn't tune in to see Rebecca De Mornay reluctantly embody evil incarnate week after week? 

For that reason and a few others, I just never took to the new program, certainly not with the vigor I did The Practice. It seemed like a much more mannered, TV-friendly version of a Kelley show, and just not as interesting to me. Which isn't to say I didn't like it at all, but I had no trouble letting it go after a while.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 6:36am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Khan may well have met or interacted with Chekov off-screen, Sam. 

I thought of an obvious example: wrestlers. If a wrestler ends his relationship with a federation under unfriendly circumstances, he just disappears. No big exit storyline, no final match, etc. He just disappears. 
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Sam - to follow up on what Robbie said, we never saw the entire 430+ crew of the Enterprise. While the Khan-Chekov relationship is never explained - and you're observation is correct - I prefer Occam's Razor and figure that Khan saw below-deckman Chekov when he scanned all the computer files on the Enterprise. "I never forget a face" - not "I never forget someone I've met." Just my own little theory...
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 30 January 2018 at 5:54pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

In the second season of the Howard Stern produced "Son of the Beach," villainous Mayor Anita Massengill played by Broadway sensation Lisa Baines and her son Cody disappeared without a trace to make room in the budget for villainous female lifeguard Porcelain Bidet played by Amy Weber. The Mayor's picture continued to appear throughout on milk cartons and "missing" posters. 

The fourth leg in the Jeff-Britta-Annie-Prof. Slater romantic quadrangle disappeared from Community without explanation, unfortunately taking actor Lauren Stamile with her. She was mentioned briefly in a crawl at the bottom of the screen during a Troy and Abed news broadcast as being "still missing."


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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 04 February 2018 at 7:58pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

If I remember correctly, Golden Girls had a male housekeeper in the first episode who was never seen or mentioned again after that. 

Maxwell Lord was a key villain in the first season of Supergirl. By season 2, he was gone with no explanation and (unless I missed it) hasn't been mentioned since.

In the earlier episodes of The Greatest American Hero, Ralph had a young son named Kevin. In later episodes he was never shown or mentioned again.  
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