9 Characters Who Were Recast After The Pilot Episode
When a network picks up a pilot, execs are free to keep what they like and get rid of what they don’t, which can lead to script rewrites and characters being recast. While we don’t always hear about this sort of thing, it’s more common than people realize. Here are 9 television characters that were recast after the pilot episode:
9. The Catch – Benjamin Jones
Damon Dayoub was set to play the male lead in The Catch, but was let go after the series was ordered in May 2015 and Peter Krause from Parenthood was brought in to replace him. Dayoub wasn’t the only actor who was recast. One Tree Hill’s Bethany Joy Lenz was originally cast as Zoe, but was replaced with actress Sonya Walger after the pilot.
8. Beverly Hills, 90210 – Jim Walsh
James Eckhouse wasn’t the first actor cast to played Brenda and Brendon’s dad. Lyman Ward – who played Ferris Bueller’s dad in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – was originally cast in the role. The studio didn’t think he was right for the part, so the role was recast with Eckhouse and all of Lyman’s scenes in the pilot were cut and re-shot.