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Added by A.M.A on 19 Dec 2013 10:36

9 TV-Shows that survived the death of one of t

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Legendary actor (since the success of Three's company in the 70's), John Ritter found "his" public in the early 2000s family sitcom ''8 simple rules''. After a first season crowned by an audience award for Best New Comedy, the team went back to work for the second season. Unfortunately Sept. 11, 2003 , in rehearsal , John Ritter suffered a dissection of the aorta. He died a few hours later at the Providence Saint Joseph Hospital ( Burbank , California ) .
The mourning period is also a time of reflection for those decisions makers for ABC , who decided to continue the adventure : Actors, Katey Sagal in mind, accept , not without hesitation at first. The first question , probably the hardest to deal with , is how the death of Ritter must be taken into account in the series. Producers and screenwriters courageously decide to treat "directly" by staging the Daddy Hennessy , who suffered a heart attack. Thus was born the double episode " Farewell " , a (very) strong emotional charge. If you 've seen it, you know it ...
In the process, the producers call in reinforcements David Spade ( in the role of the nephew of Katey "Cate " Sagal ) and James Garner (aka Cate 's father ) to bring some new blood, support a distribution logically still in shock and give a little levity to a sitcom that had fondalementalement changed in nature . The series is not doing so badly and season 2 is followed by a third ... which will be the last .
People who added this item 898 Average listal rating (694 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Cheers (1982)
Cheers (the ancestor of Friends) was THE most popular 80's sitcom , It was saddened by the death of Nicholas Colasanto (the bartender Coach) during season 3. He had heart problems for many years , but have never stopped working , even if his condition worsened during filming. At his significant weight loss in addition of a wholesale breathing problems that continued to worry the production and his partners, the man wants to continue to run as normally as possible as his condition permits. Shortly before the end of season 3 , he was hospitalized . He was struggling to recover , return back to shoot few episodes but finally succumbed to a fatal heart attack Feb. 12, 1985 . Because of the pregnancy of the female star Shelley Long that year, the episodes are shot in disorder. For simplicity , it was decided that the character of Coach left temporarily to a trip.
At the beginning of filming the fourth season, the writers decided to kill Coach , saying he would never move away from his friends and certainly not without saying goodbye. The first episode is devoted to the death of the character , without explaining the circumstances, and introduced his replacement played by Woody Harrelson .
When Freddie Prinze endend his days in January 1977 at the age of 22 , He was at the beginning of a promising career , conducted both on stage and on television in the sitcom Chico and the Man , the third distribution is then being broadcast on NBC. Addicted to drugs and chronic depression victim, Freddie Prinze Jr.'s father was behind spotlights a deeply sad and unhappy man, no success can never fill this gap ...
His suicide could end Chico and the Man , cancellation is logically the first option considered by producers. But the idea of ​​continuing the show , introducing a new character to fill the void - a solution of "ease" paradoxically risky - is finally adopted .
At first , they must finish the 3rd season and explain the absence of Chico . The writers therefore decided to send the character to Mexico to visit his father, without further explanation. It is only at the beginning of season 4 Raul (played by young Gabriel Melgar) presented to viewers and the sad fate of Chico (we just learned that He is dead, this screenplay whichever is the artistic expression of a profound sadness from the entire team of production regarding the death of Freddie Prinze ) . Unfortunately the transplant does not : viewers were actually attached to Prinze and his enforced absence has an immediate impact on audiences. The series ended a few months later , at the end of the fourth seasons ...
Unfortunately, it all began with a tragedy behind the scenes , a Tv show in the spirit of the 80s : sexy, kitsch, a little lazy in writing but extremely effective ...
On 12 October 1984 , between takes , the actor Jon -Erik Hexum , who plays the secret / agent model plays with a weapon used by the prop . He places the device on his head and shoots , persuaded by the total absence of danger : firearms must be " demilitarized " on movie sets. Unfortunately, the padding supposed to block the gun hand, transformed into projectile . Rushed to the hospital , He was declared brain- dead a few hours later and " disconnected " in the following days.
Revelation of the spy show , Hexum is also the main selling point . His sudden death requires producers to find a solution to use . They decided , in a hurry , the "death" of his character. before introducing a new one , played by Anthony Hamilton. In short: the writers did the bare minimum by replacing a character with a certain type ... with a character exactly the same type.
Good or bad decision? The series lasted only one season ...
People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Dallas (2012)
If Dallas has survived many departures (Victoria Principal , for example) and also false starts ( when JR was shot only to return, when Patrick Duffy left the show a season, or when Barbara Bel Geddes, ill abandonned her role temporarily and was replaced ), the soap has also faced the death of one of its main actors , Jim Davis , who plays Jock Ewing, the patriarch of the family, Gary and Bobby and JR 's father , who appeared in 75 episodes in the first three seasons, diagnosticed with a cancer, the status of the actor deteriorates gradually, in the third season, he was first forced to sit in each of his scenes and to wear a wig because of her chemotherapy . The character is eventually sent to South Africa to explore oil wells before he died in a helicopter crash a few months after the actual death of the actor .
In the new version of the series that began in 2012, the legendary JR, always played by the equally legendary Larry Hagman , now inculcating his expertise in handling his son , John Ross (Josh Henderson ) . In the middle of filming the second season , the actor died from a long illness , forcing the writers to completely rewrite the intrigues planned for the character, related to those of all others. His death is incorporated in the script and JR leaves the series through the front door , as Larry Hagman had hoped. The episode of his funeral provides a strong emotion to the audience and said farewell to one of the greatest villains of the television, if not the greatest! As for the series, it is renewed for a third season.
People who added this item 938 Average listal rating (595 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
Spartacus (2010)
When Spartacus was launched on the American channel Starz, Andy Whitfield is unknown to the general public. The show generates a lot of buzz because of its scenes of violence and very daring sex , attracting the curiosity of viewers and at the same time boosting the hearings over the episodes . But in March 2010, the Welsh actor, who was only 37 years old, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma that prevented him from continuing the adventure despite a small remission at the end of spring 2010. Producers decide to give him time to rest before starting filming of season 2 and offered, pending' a spin -off entitled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Unfortunately, the cancer returned yet more virulent few months later , forcing them to appoint a successor in the title role . Liam McIntyre is thus chosen to replace him. Andy Whitfield died in September 2011 , leaving behind a young wife and two children.
People who added this item 1926 Average listal rating (1258 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 9.2
The Sopranos (1999)
Emblematic figure of the TV through her ​​roles in Lou Grant and several 70's soaps , Nancy Marchand was rewarded by the profession at the end of his career thanks to his ,oh how, significant role as the mother of the tortured Soprano. . The oppressive and tyrannical Livia is somehow the key to all its psychological wanderings. The actress won the 1999 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a drama for his impressive performance .
She succumbed to lung cancer in 2000 , after the end of the second season. David Chase, the mastermind of the series, can not bring herself to say goodbye to the character without a final confrontation between mother and son. It was therefore decided to incorporate images of actice from previously shot scenes for a new in the presence of James Gandolfini . A rare process that has close beauty an important part of the life of Tony Soprano .
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People who added this item 517 Average listal rating (349 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.9
The West Wing (1999)
John Spencer, one of the most popular actors of the bloated distribution of the series The West Wing, died suddenly in December 2005 of a heart attack at the age of 58 . At that time, the former Aaron Sorkin's glorious series is right in its 7th season, in which the character played by Spencer Leo McGarry, played a central role, as a candidate for the vice- presidency of the United united , forming the Democratic ticket with Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits ) . Beyond the pain, necessarily indescribable , and that deeply affected the entire cast , the sudden death is a blow to the narrative arc made ​​by the writers .
So, they decided to feed the shock and the pain to stage the death of Leo , victim as his interpreter , of a heart problem. And " the" scene of "his" death in the episode " The verdict of the polls," is one of the most poignant moments of the seventh season also particularly successful. Poignant as any subtlety , delicacy, without effects or maudlin music : Annabeth (played by Kristin Chenoweth, who also sang at the funeral of his friend John Spencer) , Leo 's assistant , picks her boss in his chamber hotel. Not located in the main room, she goes to the bathroom where she discovers Leo inanimate. The viewer , He remained at the door of the room , down ...
The West Wing was doomed to cancellation at the end of the seventh season. Traumatic as it could have been the death of John Spencer has nothing to do with the television end . But his death has deeply marked the final chapter , giving it a twilight dimension , but also a new energy. The writers chose to face the pain and exorcise in one of the most beautiful scenes of " death." Beautiful as modest ...
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.2
In November 2011, when she was 81 years old, Jeanne Cooper aka Katherine Chancellor powerful in the mythical ''The Young and the Restless'' is forced to leave the show due to health concerns. She is then temporarily replaced by Michael Learned. She finally found the team a month and a half later and continues filming despite the return of his illness until a few days before his death, May 8, 2013. At this date, she is the eighth in the standings actors with longer held the same role in a daily soap. CBS broadcasts shortly after a special episode to pay tribute, consisting of interviews with colleagues who reminisce about their fondest memories with her in the emotionally charged atmosphere.
It was at the 10144th episode of Young and the Restless aired in May 2013 that the character bids farewell to viewers worldwide. Very weak, the actress knows she will probably never return to the soap that made her famous and which has remained faithful during 40 years. The plot offers him a perfect gateway since Katherine has just returned from the hospital after a serious operation when deciding on the day of his birthday, to withdraw from the family business for good. His friends and family are then gathered around her. Just before disappearing into his room without ever running out, she speaks one last time, open heart, Jill, her rival forever.

Since all these TV years, series production teams were facing similar situations, and had to answer this impossible question: how to survive a series on the death of an actor? How the writers manage to deal with this painful problem ... or around it? The best solution is to replace simply the disappeared actor? Or make this real death a fictional death ... ? There is not unique right answer.

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