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 Posted: Wed Aug 24th, 2016 07:38 am
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Even though they both were part of the show, Juice Ortiz replacing Half Sack Johnny Lewis in Sons of Anarchy was a better dynamic replacement than Jimmy Smits coming in - and Smits was a huge addition.

Fonzie in essence replaced Chuck, and that kept Happy Days from being cancelled.

Tiffani Amber-Thiessen on 90210 gave us all a reason to jerk off to the show, that's gotta be considered a plus.



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HBF wrote: Married Jo wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
- even though I liked the Trapper John character replacing Wayne Rogers with Mike Farrell turned out to be a good thing.

Man, I couldn't disagree more, BJ was one of the worst characters ever. "OOOh, I miss my wife and kid!!" ugh, horrible. Course, that coincided to the writers deciding the show would no longer be a comedy with a war theme to a war show with some comedy thrown in..

When Trapper left, it became the whiny Hawkeye show which I didn't like as much. I didn't like  it as much after he left,  but thought the ending scene of that finale was maybe the best ever ("Goodbye" in rocks). 
Burns was better than Charles as well, but Potter did a great job replacing Maclean Stevenson.
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The Shield Guys coming to Sons of Anarchy. Especially the one who played the tranny.

Peter Graves on Mission Impossible. He replaced Steven Hill in season 1.

Buntz on Hill Street Blues. I think he came on the show in season 5 or 6.

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Erick Von Erich wrote: Might not count, but Christopher Lloyd as "Reverend Jim Ignatowski" on TAXI was a fun addition. He was a recurring cast member originally, but became a regular by the second season.

Ed Helms as "Andy Bernard" helped out the redundancy of "The Office" when he joined in the third season. Same for Rashida Jones as "Karen"... but she could have no lines and still improve a show, IMO.

Rob Lowe/Chris Traeger and Adam Scott/Ben Wyatt joining "Parks & Recreation" were both good pick-ups. "Literally".

I agree with all three additions, especially the third. "Parks and Recreation" had a number of creative issues in the first two seasons, especially the first, that needed to be worked out if the show was going to make it long term. Mark was not working as the effective male lead and while it had to be hard for both the producers and the portrayer Paul Schneider to move him off the show, it had to happen. The additions of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott along with finding better direction for the remaining original core characters and rehabilitating Andy from immature jerk to loveable man child as a way to make the character fit in better and elevate Chris Pratt to a regular all combined to save the show and make it outstanding in the process.

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Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds on Always Sunny in Philadelphia turned a good show into a great one in my opinion.

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