TV’s 6 Worst Character Replacements
4. Walden Schmidt – Two and a Half Men
Two and a Half Men really could have ended when Charlie Sheen was fired from the show during season eight, but rather than let the series die, Ashton Kutcher was brought on to replace his character. Kutcher’s character Walden Schmidt was introduced with a ridiculous premise – Walden (who is a billionaire) buys Charlie’s house after his death and lets Alan and Jake Harper live with him. This didn’t make a whole lot of sense, and it didn’t help that Kutcher’s performance wasn’t all that interesting either. It was like Michael Kelso from That ‘70s Show had landed on Two and a Half Men. Somehow the show ended up going for another four seasons before it finally went off the air in February 2015.
3. Coy and Vance – Dukes of Hazzard
At the beginning of Dukes of Hazzard’s fifth season, the show’s stars, Tom Wopat and John Schneider, were involved in a salary dispute with Warner Bros., which prompted them walk off set and refuse to film. Warner Bros. wasted no time looking for replacements and quickly hired Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer to play their replacements, Coy Duke and Vance Duke. Their job was to emulate Wopat and Schneider’s performances as Luke and Bo Duke. This resulted in a significant drop in ratings, which forced Warner Bros. to negotiate with Wopat and Schneider. When they returned to the series, Cherry and Mayer were written out and never mentioned again.