The leading character is very important part of the TV show. It attracts viewers and makes strong relation between show and viewers. It is difficult to telecast the show without leading characters after his/her illness or death. Nowadays, TV Series has a trend to provide chances to new characters. But the reason behind it is departure of the main actor or actress from a show. The actor or actress in lead role leaves the show for any reasons such as a desire to make the leap to a movie career, a contract dispute, or an untimely death. Some series that lost their leading characters are given below.
Top Ten Historical TV show that lost leading Actor
A western television series, Maverick was started on 22 September 1957 on ABC. Roy Huggins created this comedic overtone with actor James Garner in the role as Bret Maverick. In 1960, James Garner got into a contract argument with Warner Brothers in the third season of Maverick. The series lost his leading star and James Garner was replaced by Roger Moore for the role as his cousin, Beauregard Maverick.
An American western television series, Bonanza lost its leading star Pernell Roberts. Bonanza was started on NBC on 12 September 1959. Pernell Roberts played the role as Adam Cartwright on Bonanza but he frequently complained about the show’s scripts. Pernell Roberts desired to return to theater so he left the series following the 1964-65 season.
8.) The Andy Griffith Show:
An American sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show was started on CBS on 3 October 1960. Don Knotts played the lead role as Deputy Barney Fife. Don Knotts was excited to start a movie career so; he walked away from his role as Deputy Barney Fife in 1965. The Andy Griffith Show lost its main artist and Jack Burns was taken in for the role as Deputy Barney Fife.
7.) Alias Smith & Jones:
An American Western series, Alias Smith & Jones lost its leading star Peter Duel. Peter Duel played as Hannibal Heyes with Ben Murphy, played by Kid Curry in this Western comedy-drama. Alias Smith & Jones was started on ABC in 1971 but after season 1, Peter Duel died in an apparent suicide. Roger Davis was taken in this show in the place of Peter Duel by producers.
An American situation comedy, Bewitched started for eight seasons on ABC in 1964. Dick York played the lead role of Darrin Stephens as husband of witch wife Samantha, played by Elizabeth Montgomery. He suffered from back problem during his seasons and his back problem became increasingly worse so he decided to leave the show after Season 5. Bewitched show lost his leading character Darrin Stephens and replaced him with Dick Sargent.
5.) Chico and the Man:
An American sitcom, Chico and the Man was started on NBC on 13 September 1974. Freddie Prinze played lead role as Chico Rodriguez and created great chemistry with veteran character actor Jack Albertson, who played as Ed “The Man” Brown. But, the comedian had complexity in handling sudden prominence, the stresses came with it and he committed suicide after Season 3 and the show lost its leading character, Freddie Prinze.
4.) Three’s Company:
An American sitcom, Three’s Company was started on 15 March 1977 with leading character, Suzanne Somers. Suzanne Somers got lots of attention as the buxom blonde Chrissy Snow. In the middle of season 4, Suzanne Somers demanded an increment in salary to $150,000 per episode from $30,000, along with 10% of the program’s benefit. So, she was replaced by initially Jenilee Harrison as Cindy, and then by Priscilla Barnes as Terri.
An American situation comedy television series, Cheers lost its leading character, Shelley Long after season 5. Shelly Long played as Diane Chambers, a waitress at Cheers, who tries to rebuild her life after the disappointing love interest for Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson. Shelley Long leaved the show after season 5 for making her carrier in movies. She was replaced with Kirstie Alley, who gave a long second life to this show.
2.) Northern Exposure:
An American television series, Northern Exposure lost its main character Rob Morrow, who played as Dr. Joel Fleischman. The show started on CBS in 1990 like summer replacement series with eight-episodes. Rob Morrow played an overwhelmed and short-tempered New York native, who stuck into becoming the town doctor in tiny Cicely, Alaska in this series. During the comedy-drama’s fourth season, Rob Morrow walked out and comedian Paul Provenza was taken in the show in the replacement of Rob Morrow by the producers.
1.) 8 Simple Rules to Date My Teenage Daughter:
An American television sitcom, 8 Simple Rules to Date My Teenage Daughter had lost his leading Character, John Ritter. John Ritter played as a father of two daughters in 8 simple rules. The show was started on 17 September, 2002 but after the starting of the show’s second season, John Ritter died on 11 September 2003 and the show ended with 76 episodes on 15 April 2005.