Ten and a half actor replacements that give Charlie Sheen a run for his boatload of money
It's hard out there for a pimp. Or at least a warlock like Charlie Sheen. When it was announced that CBS had begun looking for actors to replace his role on Two and a Half Men, the cogs started turning and the rumor mill spit out one replacement after another. Jeremy Piven? Downgrade. John Stamos? No way; he's too busy with Glee. What about Rob Lowe?
You can be replaced, possibly by a rotating cast.
There's only one highly speculated rumor that we'll get behind. And that's Steve Carrell as Charlie Harper. Nothing says sticking it to the man -- especially when you are the man at Dunder Mifflin -- like jumping ship from one major sitcom on one network to TV's number-one comedy on a competing network. Now, that would be "winning."
Will Two and a Half Men continue without Charlie Sheen? Only time will tell. Until then, don't be a victim of the Sheen Machine, waiting beside your television in hopes that production for Two and a Half Men will kick back up again anytime soon -- we're talking to you, Jon Cryer. Instead, spend your time with Westword as we look at ten memorable sitcom characters whose actors were swapped out.
10. Darrin Stephens on Bewitched
Dick York played Darrin Stephens, the husband of the ever-lovable witch with the wiggly nose, Samantha, for five years. They kissed. They laughed. He put up with her witchiness. But after 156 episodes, Samantha cast her charms on York one too many times, and suddenly, POOF! No more Dick York. Dick Sargent continued on as her husband instead. But what really happened? York suffered from a back condition, so Samantha just went from one Dick to the next. Girl has her needs.
9. The Fake Becky on Roseanne
Sarah Chalke, of Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother fame, appeared on Roseanne as one of TV's most complicated replacements. When Chalke took over the role of Becky from Lecy Goranson in season six of the show, some fans were up in arms about which Becky they liked better. Others were quick to brand Chalke as "the Fake Becky."
8. The Real Becky on Roseanne
When Lecy Goranson, the original Becky, returned to the series during season eight, fans were no longer frustrated about the instability of Becky's casting, they were just confused. Goranson and Sarah Chalke, who took over the Becky role in seasons six, seven and nine, alternated playing Becky for most of season eight. Even more confusing: They hardly looked similar. Chalke, with her traditional blond locks, went on to become a sitcom character staple as Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs from 2001 to 2010. The platinum-blonde Goranson most recently went on to play "Tattoo Girl" on Fringe in 2009. Fake Becky for the win.
7. Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
We all know the theme song, sure. But you probably didn't know that Vivian Banks, or Aunt Viv, was replaced during season three. Yep, Janet Hubert-Whitten, the woman who played Will's aunt on Fresh Prince, swapped Bel-Air for another B word, "baby," and was out. It was around this time that Hubert-Whitten started showing, so it was no coincidence that Aunt Viv became pregnant on the show, too. But when Hubert-Whitten had her baby before Vivian Banks could in the show's timeline, the producers shed that baby weight, and Daphne Reid took on the role of Vivian Banks instead.
6. Steven Daniel Carrington on Dynasty
Al Corley originally played one of the first openly gay characters on television. Struggling with his homosexuality throughout the series, Steven had relationships with both men and women. This dualistic nature to his sexuality, however, could be traced, at least in part, to the duality of his casting. Corley played Steven in 1981 and 1982, then Jack Coleman took over from 1983 to 1988, or just as Steven was truly coming into his own as a gay television character.