Sometimes, we scare ourselves over here at PopWatch HQ. (And not just when we convene in my office for a ”Bootylicious” dance-off.) You see, last Friday, we presented a HeadScratcher item about six TV series which had each recast a character during the course of their runs. And then, lo and behold, this week, TWO current hit series – Desperate Housewives and The O.C. – go and do the same darn thing. On Wisteria Lane, the mysterious and briefly seen Caleb is getting an extreme makeover; he used to be played by Page Kennedy, but that actor was cut loose by the show’s producers and promptly replaced by Nashawn Kearse. And over on Fox’s teen-angsty soap, little Kaitlin Cooper (who kinda went ”poof!” and disappeared after the first season) is returning, only this time, she’ll be played by Willa Holland instead of Shailene Woodley.
This, of course, brings up another question: Is there a primetime TV character you think could be improved with a little casting switcheroo? I’d start by replacing the usually reliable Dennis Farina, who fits in at Law & Order like Velveeta in Martha Stewart’s kitchen, with Profiler’s delightfully hard-boiled Robert Davi.Okay, now it’s your turn. PopWatchers, go!