Popular TV Shows You Won’t Believe Actors Turned Down

What if your favorite TV character was played by someone else? What if your favorite TV shows had different actors? We’ve all wondered what a certain character or show would be like—or wouldn’t be like—with someone else in the role; and there are many, many instances of actors turning down roles or shows that would eventually become iconic, famous and sometimes even award winning. Let’s take a look at some popular TV shows and roles that actors turned down—and wonder if they regret it!

Breaking Bad: Matthew Broderick turned down the role of Walter White

The role of Walter White has been immortalized by Bryan Cranston, who delivered an award winning performance that left many viewers–especially those who had previously associated Cranston with the fun loving ‘Hal’ from Malcolm in the Middle–astounded. But the role of Walter wasn’t always in Cranston’s hands. Matthew Broderick was one of a few actors who were given the script and offered the exclusive chance to audition for the role; Broderick turned it down for unknown reasons, but his decision has left many fans wondering whether Broderick could have stepped up to the challenge and delivered as iconic a performance as Cranston.

The Office: Paul Giamatti turned down the role of Michael Scott

Few viewers could imagine The Office without Steve Carell as the hilariously dumb Michael Scott–the show’s ratings, in fact, decreased after the actor departed the show for good. But the role of the Office boss wasn’t written with Carell in mind, and he wasn’t even the first choice for the role. The show’s producers sought out Paul Giamatti initially, and offered him the role without the need to audition. Giamatti turned down the role and Carell was eventually cast.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Katie Holmes turned down the role of Buffy

Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the most popular teen shows in the 90s and early 00s–but the iconic Buffy was almost played by an entirely different actress. Katie Holmes was the first actress asked to take on the role of Buffy, but Holmes decided to turn down the role and finish her senior year of high school instead. The role was eventually cast with Sarah Michael Geller, though both actresses enjoyed success during this time period; Geller on Buffy and Holmes on Dawson’s Creek!

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Still Running TV Shows That Are Way past Their Prime

Let’s face it—just because a show is still running doesn’t mean it’s still good. And unfortunately, it seems that the longer a show is on the air, the more likely it is that it will go past its prime. Writers often struggle to come up with new plotlines season after season, or rely on gimmicks to try to inject some new life into a show that has gone stale—usually to no avail. While these shows still have their glimmers of goodness, for the most part, they’ve now gone way past their prime.

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries showed up when the trend of teens and vampires was at an all-time high, and the show—which deviated heavily from the novels it was based on—was actually a solid entry into the “vampire trend.” The first few seasons had plenty of wit, drama, some comedy, and of course, plenty of vampire action. But the show has gone so far down the road with constant break-ups and make-ups, turning characters into vampires, killing them off and bringing them back, shoving former main characters into the background, and generally stretching the plotlines and characterization too much from the show’s original tone and concept. While some of this is due to the show following the plotline of the novels, most of the drastic changes in characterization and ridiculously plotlines are the brainchild of the show’s writers and creative time. While the show still entertains, it no longer packs the punch it once did.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons is perhaps the most well-known animated TV show of all time. But the latest seasons of the show are nothing but a shell of the Simpsons former self: everything from the writing to the voice acting has decreased in quality and passion, leading to strings of “guest celebrity” appearances, wacky antics, and ridiculous plotlines that make even the silliest of older Simpson’s episodes seem like straight-laced dramas. Part of the problem has come from lackluster storylines as well as the alteration of character’s personalities—Homer was once a fun loving dad with quirks and is now a bumbling idiot who couldn’t tie his shows together; Lisa was once a hard working lonely little girl trying to find her place and is now a soapbox, preachy know-it-all—just to name two characters that have been altered beyond repair.

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What Happened To These Once Upon a Time Characters?

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Once Upon a Time distinguished itself early on in the series by introducing an ensemble cast inspired by some of the most popular and beloved fairy tales and fantasy literature of all time. But although the show has introduced plenty of interesting characters, it has also forgotten about many of them to the detriment of the storyline and, in some cases, the series itself.

It became clearer in the third season that the show is primarily focused on the ‘core cast’ of Snow White, Prince Charming, Emma Swann, Henry, Regina and (who else?)

Rumpelstiltskin. While other characters have been introduced, some with storylines tied into the lives of these ‘core’ characters, they have not always been well represented in the show.
Let’s take a look at some of the characters that Once Upon a Time has introduced and then dropped despite their seeming importance in the storyline.

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Cinderella was introduced early on in the series, which seemed to cement that she—like Snow White, another very popular fairy tale—could at least be one of the supporting players for the show. She was introduced via flashback, where it was revealed that she struck a bargain with Rumpelstiltskin that resulted in him wanting her first born child for reasons that he would not reveal. To protect her child, she tricked Rumpelstiltskin—which is how he ended up in his underground cell—but he somehow caused her own Prince to disappear.

In Storybrooke, Cinderella was Ashley.

She was a pregnant young woman who struggled to make ends meet because of a deal she had with Mr. Gold that would result in her giving her child up for adoption. Emma stepped in and made a bargain with Gold to do him a favor; Ashley was able to keep her child and made amends with the Storybrooke version of her own Prince.

But the show never touched on the Cinderella storyline again, leaving fans with many questions.

What deal did she strike with Mr. Gold in Storybrooke? Why did Rumpelstiltskin want her baby? And what happened to Cinderella’s Prince? Ashley appeared a few episodes later as a struggling new mother in Storybrooke, who seemed fairly close with Mary Margaret and Ruby—but she has yet to appear again.It seems that Cinderella, like her Prince, may have been left at the metaphorical ball where many Once Upon a Time characters and storylines seem to be trapped.

Astrid

Astrid, the fairy who fell in love with Grumpy and was developing feelings for his counterpart in Storybrooke, is another character who has disappeared. Despite regaining her memories, she was not shown to even try to contact Grumpy or confront the Blue Fairy over her actions. She didn’t even appear at the memorial for the Blue Fairy, despite being one of the few fairies to get a name and a backstory in the show. Unfortunately, it seems a little too late to reintroduce Astrid—but the writers should surely give her disappearance an explanation.

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Why the Backlash Against Game of Throne’s ‘Shae’ Gets Her Character Wrong

 

The latest Game of Thrones season finale has finally come and gone. Amidst the typical fan excitement is a peculiar backlash one character: Shae. In the book, the character of Shae is rather unsympathetic. She sees no problem with betraying the one she once previously claimed to love in order to save herself. Her death in the novels is, although still somewhat bittersweet, the death of a character who played to keep herself in the game—and ultimately lost. The TV show’s version of Shae, however, is significantly different from her book counterpart. In the show, Shae is shown to develop genuine feelings for Tyrion as well as Sansa, whom she says that she loves enough to sacrifice her own life for. Her death is not the death of a player, but someone who was caught up in a game that they could never win and was sacrificed for it.

The backlash against Shae is truly puzzling.

This is strange to me considering the changes in her characterization, personality and even her actions in the TV show. Many fans tweeted and blogged about how Shae “had it coming” for betraying Tyrion, and that her ‘switch’ to being in Tywin’s bed made murder a deserving punishment.

Fans who think this way are unfortunately ignoring the context of Shae’s behavior for their own personal feelings about the character.

Yes, Shae betrayed Tyrion and even Sansa during Tyrion’s trial. She did so after Tyrion had dismissed her from her ‘service,’ retracted his protection over her in Westeros, and called her nothing but an amusement for his nights.

Shae had already had her life threatened by multiple members of Tyrion’s family.

His retraction of his protection would have meant she needed to leave as quickly as possible. It would not be unreasonable to assume that she was prevented from leaving and coerced into participating in the trial—it was her life or theirs, and her raw emotions over Tyrion’s own betrayal made have made things easier. And then Shae was called upon to be in Tywin’s bed—Twyin, who had personally threatened to kill her multiple times. How could she say no to the most powerful man in the kingdom and expect to live? Fans should remember that while Shae did betray Tyrion, she did not do so in a vacuum—and Tyrion betrayed her, too.

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Disney’s Descendants Set To Premiere in 2015

Disney is no stranger to reinventing the adaptations that they have made of classic stories and fairy tales. Their recent film, Maleficent, took the Disney version of the iconic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and twisted it (a la Wicked) to present a new version of events. And now Disney is attempting to cash in on the young teen market with a new TV film, Descendants. Descendants will feature the stories of the children of their famous film characters—both heroes and villains.

The basic premise of Descendants, which will be a TV film, is this:

The villains of the famous Disney films (including witches, evil queens, and stepsisters) have been imprisoned on a secluded island to keep them from making trouble and attempting to stop happy endings. Years after their imprisonment, the son of Belle and Beast is approaching adulthood and is poised to take the throne as the new king of the land.
His first act as king is to offer a type of redemption for the children of the villains, who have also been forced to live on the island. They are invited to come to the exclusive high school attended by the children of the heroes in an attempt to prove that they are not villains and deserve to live their own lives. The villain’s children must decide whether to attempt to free their parents or stray from the path set before them and become truly good.

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The cast of villains includes Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent and Dove Cameron as her daughter, Mal; Maz Jobrani as Jafar and Booboo Stewart as his son Jay; Kathy Najimy as The Evil Queen and Sofia Carson as her daughter, Evvie; and Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella De Vil and Cameron Boyce as her son, Carlos.

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The cast of ‘hero’ characters includes Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of the (so far uncast) Belle and Beast; Dianne Doan as Lonnie, the daughter of the (so far uncast) Mulan and Shang; Sarah Jeffrey as Audrey, the daughter of the (so far uncast) Aurora and Philip; Brenna D’Amico as Jane, the daughter of Melanie Paxson, who is playing the Fairy Godmother. The TV series will also feature Doug, the son of Dopey; Chad, the son of Cinderella; and Anxelin, the daughter of Rapunzel and Eugene—these roles have yet to be cast but will likely be announced in the near feature.

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Great TV Shows We Can’t Wait to See in 2014-2015

Every year, TV audiences wait with bated breath to see what new shows are going to be popping up on their TV screens. The beauty of modern TV is that TV networks are now so diverse that you can watch a family comedy, cop drama, and show about a cannibalistic serial killer all on one channel! And as more unique shows become popular, more networks are taking the risk with some fun and interesting concepts that are really getting TV viewers excited. Let’s look at some potentially great shows that will be showing up in the 2014-2015 TV season.

iZombie

The zombie tread may have hit its stride with The Walking Dead, but iZombie promises to be an interesting twist on the genre. The show, based on a comic series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, tells the story of a zombie who is hiding among humans with her supernatural friends. In the series, zombies have to eat one brain a month in order to look and act like normal people. It will premiere on the CW, which has already proven the popularity of supernatural teen dramas with shows like The Originals, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. The show will likely appeal to fans of Being Human as well as CW’s current line of otherworldly TV shows.

The Knick

Steven Soderbergh will be taking the creative control of The Knick, a historical medical drama that is set in the early 20th century. The show will follow the life’s work of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Clive Owen) and promises to be an interesting historical show with a unique medical twist. Historical medical dramas aren’t necessarily new–the cult hit Call the Midwife is one notable example–but the cast and crew attached to the show give it great promise and could pave the way for more historical ‘niche’ shows in the future.

Extant

Extant is one of the hottest upcoming shows and, from the thrilling premise, it is easy to see why. Extant will star Halle Barry as an astronaut who embarks on a 1-year solo space mission and has a mysterious space encounter with leaves her with a lapse of memory. She returns home, only to discover that she is pregnant. The show’s preview trailers have already shown lots of action, tension, thrills—and, of course, government cover-ups.

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What Went Right (And Wrong) With Lifetime’s Latest Eating Disorder Film ‘Starving in Suburbia’

Lifetime is one television network that is no stranger to controversy and controversial topics. Their legend TV films have covered topics such as teen pregnancy, sexual assault, cults, bullying, and eating disorders—just to name a few things. Lifetime has produced or hosted several movies about eating disorders in the network’s history, including films such as For the Love of Nancy, A Secret between Friends and Kate’s Secret.

Lifetime’s latest foray into the topic of eating disorders was Starving in Suburbia.

This film focuses on the concept of ‘thinspiration’ and online pro-anorexia websites. Thinspiration and pro-anorexia refer to websites and blogs online where people—often young girls—encourage each other to engage in eating disorders and eating disorder-like behavior. Although pro-anorexia and thinspiration have been the subject of numerous books and novels, this is the first fictional film which actively covers the subject.
So: what went wrong and what went right with Lifetime’s attempt to portray a young teenager who gets sucked into the world of pro-anorexia? Let’s take a look

Right: (Mostly) intense cinematography

Starving in Suburbia is unusual in the respect that it uses some intense, artistic cinematography that is not normally present in most Lifetime films, particularly those about issues like eating disorders. But the film makes—mostly—good use of some great sequence, such as a disturbing scene where the mother discovers the food that has been hidden in her daughter’s closet, which has attracted dozens of moths.

Wrong: The overdramatic “chat room” sequences

There is a trick to portraying chat rooms, but this film didn’t manage to pull it off. In the film, the chat room sequences between ‘Ana’ and the main character are literally portrayed as a sinister young woman talking to the main character in a dream world; she menacingly whispers in the protagonist’s ear and spouts off cringe-worthy sentences that might seem okay in text, but don’t work when spoken aloud.

Right: Portraying a male character with an eating disorder

It is very rare for eating disorder media—books or film—to take note of the prevalence of males with eating disorders, but this film got it right when they included a male character (the brother) who had developed an eating disorder because of his wrestling coach dad’s intense pressure to maintain a low weight so that he could be in the right weight class.

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Why Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse is a Great Show For Kids (And Kids at Heart)

The TV movies based on Barbie have never exactly been critically praised—they are often just part of the overall attempt to cash-in on a Barbie toy line, and in recent years the TV films based on Barbie toy lines have been getting repetitive and boring.

This is where Barbie: Life in the Dream house comes in.

To those unaware of the show’s quality, it might just seem like yet cash in attempt by Mattel, this time aimed at those who want to see Barbie in a non-fantasy setting. But Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse is not only leaps and bounds above the quality of any Barbie movie predecessor, it is actually a quality television show for kids—and even older viewers who are still kids at heart. Why? Let’s look at some of the reasons why this show is definitely worth a look for parents and kids alike.

The creators poke fun at the characters being dolls

Unlike other Barbie properties where Barbie is a full-fledged human being, there is no doubt in Life in the Dreamhouse that Barbie and her friends are dolls. The characters are shown struggling with many things that kids who play with Barbie dolls and adults that used to will recognize—such as the characters struggling with sometimes comical articulation issues, dealing with cardboard furniture and cut outs, and Barbie having a massive wardrobe made up of previous job uniforms. This type of humor is fun and refreshing and adds to the overall light and humorous tone of the show.

Barbie is a genuinely good friend


Barbie, as a whole, hasn’t had much personality since her debut many years ago—which may be the reason she has remained so popular, since children playing with her can insert their own personality. In Life in the Dreamhouse, Barbie is shown as a genuinely good person—even to the characters who routinely try to one-up her or otherwise be mean to her. Barbie always try to see the best in every situation and puts other’s needs before her own, which is a great lesson for children of all ages to learn. It is also refreshing for a character that is often reduced to a snobby stereotype to be so genuinely friendly, caring and nice to everyone (and everything) around her.

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Why Kim and Kanye (Probably) Didn’t Get Married at Versailles

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, after months of rumors and speculation and guesses, are finally married. The week of the wedding, the rumor quickly spread that—despite previous news releases to the contrary—that the couple would be actually getting married at Versailles. This rumor came just months after a statement by the Chateau de Versailles organization, which indicated that the couple would not be getting married there. This second rumor was quickly squashed when it was revealed that Kim and Kanye would actually be getting married in Italy and having their pre-wedding reception celebration at Versailles instead.But why didn’t the couple get married at Versailles, which by all indications was their desired wedding destination? Let’s look at a few of the reasons that are more than likely involved in the ultimate decision to not allow the couple to marry at the famous palace.

Kim and Kanye Did Not Meet France’s Marriage Requirements


Non-French citizens can get married in France; however, the country does have certain regulations regarding foreign marriages that must be adhered to–regardless of where in France the couple will be marrying. These regulations include proof of residence in France, which neither Kim nor Kanye have. In addition to this, the French government requires various certificates, including French-translated full birth certificates, an affidavit notarized by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in France and the home country, and so on. Because they did not meet the most basic requirement—residency—it is unlikely that the other requirement, including the many certificates, would also be met.

The Chateau de Versailles reserves the right to restrict what type of events are hosted there.

Although the chateau de Versailles can be rented out, with some exclusions and reservations, the official Chateau de Versailles organization reserves the right to restrict just who celebrates there and what type of celebrations occur. Although some couples have in fact been married at Versailles, these couples were typically significantly wealthier than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West combined, and they also (most importantly!) met the country’s marriage requirements.

In addition to this, it should be noted that the reputations of both Kim and Kanye in France are not exactly positive.

The Chateau de Versailles may have not wanted the potential negative publicity and paparazzi swarms that the wedding would have naturally brought to the site. The

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Things You Didn’t Know About Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the entire world. The show, based on books written by George RR Martin, has been the most successful show to air on HBO in many years. The show has spawned everything from t-shirts, figurines, posters, and even fan made projects such as costumes and websites. There is seemingly no end to the popularity of the show, which is so popular worldwide that it has actually become the most pirated TV series of all time!

But if you think you know everything there is to know about Game of Thrones: think again!

The following are some trivia that you (probably) didn’t know about this hit TV show.

Some Parents Are Using the Show As Name Inspiration

It’s not too unusual for parents-to-be to draw inspiration for their children’s names from favorite things, like books or movies. But the unusual names in Game of Thrones make these inspired names stand out! In 2012, the name Arya was in the list of 10 ten most popular girls names in the United States; Khaleesi (which is actually a title given to Dany, not a real name) and Sansa were also found in the 2012 name census.

George R.R. Martin Wanted Only Peter Dinklage For The Role of Tyrion


Tyrion Lannister has become Peter Dinklage’s most iconic role—but did you know that Dinklage was the only actor that Martin considered for the role? Martin considered Dinklage to be the perfect choice for the character, how has easily become one of the most popular in the series.

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