The Mad Men season five premiere revealed that Don Draper has gone through a lot of changes in the previous year. He's married Megan, traded in his suburban home for a mod 60s apartment, and acquired yet another Bobby. The episode featured actor Mason Vale Cotton as Don's son, making him the fourth actor to play the role. Maxwell Huxabee and Aaron Hart played Bobby in season one, then Jared S. Gilmore managed to remain on the show for two whole seasons. However, during Mad Men's long hiatus, Gilmore left to take a role in the series Once Upon a Time, bringing back the Drapers' middle child mayhem.
Outside of soap operas, Bobby Draper may be the most re-cast TV role in history, but the practice actually dates back to the Mad Men era. The most infamous re-cast is that of Darrin Stephens in Bewitched. The role was originated by Dick York, but when a back injury forced him out of the show, Darrin magically reappeared as Dick Sargent. Some complained the show was never the same, just as when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air swapped Janet Hubert-Whitten for Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Viv. While the character was originally an outspoken career woman, she was reincarnated as an easygoing stay-at-home mom and started making fewer appearances on the show. Most recently, the twins Jaden and Ella Hiller, who played Lily in the first two seasons of Modern Family,were pulled from the show because they didn't enjoy acting. Four-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons took over the role.
Often, shows play re-casts for laughs. Sarah Chalke replaced Lecy Goranson as Becky Connor on Roseanne, but Goranson returned to the role occasionally. Asking Becky "Where the hell have you been?" became a running gag, and both actresses made an appearance in the show's finale. That '70s Show followed suit after Lisa Robin Kelly left the role of Eric's sister Laurie and was replaced by Christina Moore. Eventually the character was phased out entirely and characters started giving excuses for why she never appeared on screen. Having two Martas and two Anns in Arrested Development actually made sense thanks to the show's use of meta comedy. Marta starred in Spanish language soaps, in which actors are frequently re-cast, and Ann's replacement underscored how forgettable she was.
Frequent re-casting definitely isn't the worst fate to befall a TV character. In fact, Bobby Draper should consider himself lucky, since so far he's avoided another danger for TV kids. After being re-cast, Richie's older brother Chuck on Happy Days was sent off to college and never spoken of again. If Bobby doesn't watch, it Sally might literally make her little brother disappear.
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Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order) will return to Modern Family this season as Manny's unreliable father and Gloria's ex-husband, Javier. This time around, Javier will take a harder stab at trying to win over Manny after he sees how close he has become with Jay; this will naturally incite some competition in the protective Jay, who is probably just as surprised at his relationship with Manny as Javier is.
As you may have heard, Modern Family pulled a Fresh Prince for Season Three: a member of the main family was recast. Fortunately, it won't be as weird as when Daphne Maxwell-Reid walked into the Banks household as the new Aunt Viv. As you may have heard, Lily, Mitchell and Cam's daughter, will be played by a new actress. Since the character is only about two years old, she hasn't had too much development yet (other than her penchant for deadpan reactions and the hint that she may be secretly violent). It is common practice to recast young characters in film and television due to child labor laws (I'm totally guessing here), and Modern Family's new toddler-aged Lily, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, is already popular among the cast. She sure seems to have grown a lot, which is reminiscent of another Fresh Prince oddity: the overnight growth spurt of Baby Nicky from five months to five years.
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In the ever-changing west of 1882 city marshal Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his deputy Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) are two tough dudes out to clean up lawless towns a mission that takes them to Appaloosa. This small mining town has been taken over by a ruthless power-hungry land baron Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) who along with his band of thugs has run the place into the ground. Although their initial efforts are met with some success Cole and Hitch run into personal and professional conflict when a pretty mystery lady Allison French (Renee Zellweger) blows into town. She complicates the picture walking on the gray line between good and evil and generally making the Marshal and his No. 2 overcome unwelcome obstacles in their fight to bring Bragg and his boys to justice. The film based on the novel by Robert B. Parker smartly details the unique problems inherent in bringing law and order to an unruly West. Guiding his co-star Marcia Gay Harden in 2000’s Pollock to an Oscar Harris the director once again shows he has a natural affinity for steering his fellow actors at least most of them into superlative performances which includes himself. In fact the actor doesn’t seem to be the least intimidated in playing the leading role in a movie he also co-wrote directed and produced. Harris comes off as the embodiment of a dedicated lawman who quietly goes about his business determined to clean up the wild wild West his way with the help of a loyal deputy. Mortensen is wonderfully authentic as Harris’ partner in stopping sagebrush crime looking like he’s lived in those boots his entire life. Mortensen’s demeanor and style in the role of Everett Hitch evokes a true feel for a place and time long gone. Together these two do not seem fake or awkwardly contemporary but instead come off as the real deal. Irons is slippery and fun to watch as the devious outlaw Bragg proving as he did in his Oscar-winning Reversal of Fortune there’s nobody as good at playing subtle shades of bad. Zellweger on the other hand lets her acting show at every turn. To be fair her character rarely adds up but she does nothing to give any dimension beyond the obvious to a woman courting both sides of the law. In only his second outing behind the camera in a decade Harris shows Pollock was no fluke. Clearly enamored with the era he nobly honors the great American western tradition crafting a film that fits in with some of the best examples Hollywood has turned out. Some may complain that Appaloosa is long on talk and short on action but the time director Harris devotes to letting his characters develop is far more satisfying than a lot of pointless violence that many Westerns wallow in. Like Howard Hawks’ 1959 classic Rio Bravo this is an honest tale of the camaraderie between a pair of lawmen simply trying to do a job. This is a director whose emphasis is focused on his cast and he’s picked them very carefully right down to the smallest roles surrounding himself with a lot of terrific character actors. Just as impressive are the top notch production values including cinematographer Dean Semler’s stunning New Mexico landscapes.
All Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) has ever really wanted is to meet the dad she's never known. Growing up in New York with her loving and free-spirited musician mother Libby (Kelly Preston) she makes her mom tell the story of her parents' whirlwind romance over and over. How much in love they were but how unbeknownst to him his aristocratic family drove Libby away. Now at 17 Daphne is determined to live the fantasy of the father-daughter relationship she craves. Arriving in London she finds out pop is Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth) a high-profile politician who is about to marry the snooty Glynnis (Anna Chancellor). Needless to say Henry is dumbfounded to discover he has a daughter and together with his regretful mother Lady Jocelyn (Eileen Atkins) they open Dashwood manor to the spirited girl. As Daphne and Henry tentatively test their newfound relationship the teen has a hard time fitting in with stuffy British high society and soon begins to jeopardize her father's political career. She tries to suppress her bubbly personality and turn herself into a respectable debutante but Daphne soon realizes she's giving up too much of herself to be Henry's daughter. The question is will Henry realize it is he who is not made for the suffocating life he's been shoved into and reclaim his daughter and the only woman he has ever loved? Oh stop the suspense is killing us.
The 17-year-old Bynes is already a brand name in comedy--at least to the 'tween set who from the time Bynes was 10 years old have enjoyed her slapstick antics on Nickelodeon's variety show All That her own variety show The Amanda Show and her current WB sitcom What I Like About You. Bynes is all grown up now and as the cute sexy--and klutzy--Daphne she excels at performing pratfalls and infuses as much charm as she can into the character. It is clear however the young comedian has some work to do before becoming a good actress. Thank goodness she is surrounded by talented actors such as Atkins (Gosford Park) and even Preston who does a nice job as the bohemian Libby. Yet it's Firth (Bridget Jones's Diary) who truly elevates the film when on-screen and helps Bynes reach those dramatic highpoints. He has the uncanny ability to turn even the most insipid of parts into something worth watching. His best moment as Henry is when he tries on some old leather pants and dances around in his opulent bedroom pretending to be a rock star. It's very un-British of him--and it's brilliant.
To put it mildly What a Girl Wants really looks bad. TV director Dennie Gordon obviously hasn't mastered the art of filmmaking in any way because not only are many of the shots blurry and poorly lit often times it seems Bynes is shot through an entirely different softer lens than the other actors. Usually that kind of treatment is given to older actresses who want to hide all the little imperfections but for a 17-year-old cutie? Obviously it's a mistake. As well the sugar-pop theme gets out of hand trying way too hard to appeal to the hip and cool 'tweeners. To a rockin' soundtrack look how Daphne can turn a pretentious coming-out ball into a choreographed dance number! Or see how she can try on different '70s outfits and funky glasses while her father amusedly looks on! (Even Firth looks uncomfortable). Sure 11-14-year-old girls are going to love it especially the sweet love story between Daphne and a local London musician Ian (Oliver James). It's only the heart of the story--the father-daughter relationship--that keeps the film from falling into just another Teen Beat tableau.