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5 Popular 2000s TV Characters Who Were Recast (& Why)

In the TV industry, there can be many reasons why TV characters get replaced, or the directors have to recast certain characters. For example, sometimes actors are unavailable, or they are already working in another TV series because of which they step back from the show. Let’s get back to the time when these 5 popular 2000s TV characters who were recast.

1. (Firefly) Inara Serra

“Firefly” is an American Space drama that became a reason for making many actors famous, including Morena Baccarin. Morena got her big break by portraying the role of Inara Serra in the show. But do you know that Morena wouldn’t be this famous if Rebecca Gayheart didn’t leave the show at first!? Rebecca was the first choice for the role of Inara, but she was fired right after a day of filming.

Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra

2. (Big Love) Teenie

The famous and award-winning drama “Big Love” had many memorable characters, like Teenie—played by Jolean Wejbe. But Jolean was replaced by Bella Thorne in the show’s fourth season! Will Scheffer, the co-creator of the show, disclosed that though the fans loved Jolean, she was looking ‘too mature’ for the role of an 11-year-old Teenie. Then Bella came into the picture and played the cute Teenie from the fourth season.

2. (Big Love) Teenie The famous and award-winning drama "Big Love" had many memorable characters, like Teenie—played by Jolean Wejbe. But Jolean was replaced by Bella Thorne in the show's fourth season! Will Scheffer, the co-creator of the show, disclosed that though the fans loved Jolean, she was looking 'too mature' for the role of an 11-year-old Teenie. Then Bella came into the picture and played the cute Teenie from the fourth season.
Bella Thorne as Teenie

3. (Gilmore Girls) Sookie St. James

Gilmore Girls had some of the most unforgettable characters, but the most quirky personality was of Sookie St. James. Melissa McCarthy portrayed this fun role, and honestly, no one could’ve done it better than her! But, the truth is that she wasn’t there when the pilot was shot. Actress Alex Borstein disclosed that she filmed the pilot of Gilmore Girls. But as she was already working as a regular cast member on MADtv, she wasn’t allowed to do both the shows simultaneously.

3. (Gilmore Girls) Sookie St. James Gilmore Girls had some of the most unforgettable characters, but the most quirky personality was of Sookie St. James. Melissa McCarthy portrayed this fun role, and honestly, no one could've done it better than her! But, the truth is that she wasn't there when the pilot was shot. Actress Alex Borstein disclosed that she filmed the pilot of Gilmore Girls. But as she was already working as a regular cast member on MADtv, she wasn't allowed to do both the shows simultaneously.
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James

4. (The O.C.) Kaitlin Cooper

In the top-rated teenage drama series The O.C., we saw Shailene Woodley playing the role of Kaitlin Cooper. She was a side character in the first two seasons, but her personality changed, and so did the actor who portrayed the role. According to the creators of the show, they wanted a more mature-looking actor. So, they had Wila Holland replace Shailene as Kaitlin Cooper for the next two seasons.

4. (The O.C.) Kaitlin Cooper In the top-rated teenage drama series "The O.C.'', we saw Shailene Woodley playing the role of Kaitlin Cooper. She was a side character in the first two seasons, but her personality changed, and so did the actor who portrayed the role. According to the creators of the show, they wanted a more mature-looking actor. So, they had Wila Holland replace Shailene as Kaitlin Cooper for the next two seasons. 
Wila Holland as Kaitlin Cooper

5. (My Wife and Kids) Claire Kyle

This amazing family show entertained its viewers for five seasons. In a show full of fun characters, Claire Kyle was the most spunky of all. The talented Jazz Raycole played this character for the 1st Season. Afterward, Jennifer Freeman took over Claire’s role. There were certain rumors that Raycole’s mother had her removed from the show after she got to know about an upcoming storyline where Claire’s friend would be pregnant.

5. (My Wife and Kids) Claire Kyle This amazing family show entertained its viewers for five seasons. In a show full of fun characters, Claire Kyle was the most spunky of all. The talented Jazz Raycole played this character for the 1st Season. Afterward, Jennifer Freeman took over Claire's role. There were certain rumors that Raycole's mother had her removed from the show after she got to know about an upcoming storyline where Claire's friend would be pregnant.
Jennifer Freeman as Claire Kyle

On that note, we come to an end of the list of 5 popular 2000s TV characters who were recast.

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