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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Writer's Life 1/30 - Written Off

I comsidered writing about the selective outrage people practice, but I'm so turned off by political discourse that I decided to have some fun instead. Here's a list from on why actors left roles on successful TV shows, edited by yours truly: Jeffrey DeMunn wasn’t happy when close friend Frank Darabont was fired from season two of The Walking Dead, so he asked to be written off as well... B.J. Novak's character took an “extended trip to Thailand” from The Office when he landed a role in Quentin Tarantino’s  Inglourious Basterds... Tommy Chong abruptly left That ’70s Show when he was thrown in jail for 9 months for selling bongs. His cellmate was Wolf of Wall Street author Jordan Belfort... Steve Burns left Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues because he rapidly began losing his hair and didn’t want to go bald on a children’s show... Janet Hubert was written off The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when she became pregnant... Jared Padalecki left Gilmore Girls when he landed a starring role on Supernatural... Lisa Edelstein (the Risotto Broad on Seinfeld) of House was written off because of a salary dispute... Another House cast member, Kal Penn, was written off when he was offered a job at the White House... Lisa Bonet was fired from The Cosby Show because Bill didn’t agree with her posing topless in Angel Heart (Write in your own joke)... Mandy Patinkin didn’t like the direction Criminal Minds had taken, deeming it too morbid, so his character was retired... After breaking up with his girlfriend and co-star Evangeline Lily, Dominic Monaghan asked to be written off Lost so things wouldn’t be awkward...When the original Doctor Who was diagnosed with arteriosclerosis near the end of his run, the writers developed the idea that the main character could regenerate in a new body... When Will Lee, who played the role of store owner Mr. Hooper, passed away during a season of Sesame Street, writers worked his death into the show... 2nd Runner Up: Maggie Roswell, who voiced Maude Flanders on The Simpsons, lived out of state and had to fly into Los Angeles to record her lines. She asked to be reimbursed for travel. Producers decided it would be cheaper to just kill her off... 1st Runner Up: Scarlett Pomers left Reba to battle anorexia. When she returned characters asked, “Where have you been?” To which she replied, “I went to get something to eat!”... And the Winner is: Soleil Moon Frye played Punky Brewster until she hit puberty. Her chest grew rapidly and she ended up having reduction surgery on her 38DD bust at 15!

My thanks to the usually gregarious Carmine, one of my biggest supporters, who bought Five Cents today. He too is bummed by the political climate. Thanks also to Jack of Chase, who bought two thrillers, and to the the woman who bought another.
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