NBC has released the first promo for the James Spader version of The Office, and it’s pretty much cutting up his cameo from the “Search Committee” episode with Duffy on the soundtrack:
You buying? Is this just transplanting The Practice‘s Alan Shore to Scranton? Would you have preferred Denny Crane? Should there even BE another season of The Office without Steve Carell (or, for that matter, Ricky Gervais, although that ship sailed a long time ago)?
Add to that the Ashton Kutcher/Charlie Sheen swap, and, of course, there’s always the issue of regenerating Doctor Whos, ever-changing Batmans and Supermans and Spider-Mans (Batmen? Supermen? Spider-Men?) and the change (due to Richard Harris’ death) in Dumbledores in the Harry Potter franchise. What recastings or replacements were acceptable, and which weren’t? We can go a long way back for this: Mike for Joel on MST3K? Rebecca in and Diane out on Cheers? The two Dicks on Bewitched? Characters have been recast or replaced or just plain killed off on TV and in movie franchises forever; which swaps have been the best or worst? Comments below, please.