TV’s 10 Worst Character Replacements
Sometimes actors and actresses decide to move on from a TV show when their contract is up even though the show is still going strong. Other times, they are fired and don’t have a choice but to move on. These characters are almost always replaced, but audiences aren’t always happy with the replacement character. Here are 10 of the worst character replacements in television history:
10. Kaitlyn Cooper – The O.C.
Although Taylor Townsend was made a series regular so that she could replace Mischa Barton’s character Marissa Cooper as Ryan Atwood’s love interest on The O.C., Kaitlin Cooper (played by Willa Holland) was also brought in to replace the character, but she ended up being even more annoying than her sister. It felt like the writers didn’t really know what to do with her character, which is probably why she received such lame storylines. After her joining the cast full time during season four, the show’s ratings continued to drop and it was cancelled in January 2007, a month before the fourth season had concluded.
9. Cindy Snow – Three’s Company
When Suzanne Somers’ contract was not renewed because of a salary dispute, actress Jenilee Harrison was brought in to replace her on Three’s Company. Her character, Cindy Snow, was introduced during season five as Somers’ character Chrissy Snow’s clumsy cousin. Rather than make Harrison’s character unique, producers used the scripts that were already written for Chrissy with Cindy and they primarily relied on her character’s clumsiness to elicit laughs from the audience. During season six, Harrison’s character was replaced with actress Priscilla Barnes without any explanation.