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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Because I Said So could be as a public service announcement to all those meddling mothers out there—but also to their complaining daughters. See Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) has raised her three daughters—Maggie (Lauren Graham) Mae (Piper Perabo) and Milly (Mandy Moore)—by herself so it’s only natural for her to butt in especially when she fears her youngest Milly will never find Mr. Right. Taking matters into her own hands Daphne runs an Internet ad to meet and evaluate potential suitors for Milly. The results are positively disastrous except for two possible matches: a guitarist Johnny (Gabriel Macht) in the band playing background music during the matchmaking session and a well-off architect named Jason (Tom Everett Scott). Daphne however only deems Jason “long-term” enough for her daughter writing off the tattooed Johnny as more of a fling. Luckily Johnny manages to get Milly’s phone number and before long Milly is forced to choose between the two men after being single for the longest time. But what she doesn’t know is that her mom is responsible—well at least for one of the guys. Okay it may be time for a chick-flick intervention for Keaton. The Oprah of romantic comedies Keaton has the talent and everything else necessary to steal some of Meryl Streep’s meaty dramatic roles but she seems to prefer the safe stuff. Her performance here is no different than those in her last two movies (The Family Stone Something's Gotta Give) and the movies are all somewhat similar too. Point is nice job yet again Diane—now give us an effin’ feel-bad movie! Keaton’s interplay with Moore is genuinely heartfelt even if it’s not physically or biologically credible. The latter is neither actress’s fault though and Moore trying to shed her teenybopper past actually displays the most growth of the two. But despite solid crying scenes and overall cutesiness Moore also should make this her last rom-com role—unless a halfway decent script happens to come along. The supporting gals (Perabo and Gilmore Girls’ Graham) fare better than the guys in the acting department but the likely all-female audience will fall hard for Macht (A Love Song for Bobby Long). Scott (TV's Saved) is badly miscast as an affluent Romeo only to be outdone by Arrested Development’s Tony Hale who would’ve lost less cred if his tiny role were reduced to a mere cameo. You have to start to think that director Michael Lehmann’s 1989 cult classic Heathers might have been a fluke because his career has been on a decline ever since culminating with Said So. This time around Lehmann should’ve stuck solely with the tender cheesy feel-good theme which is at times at least effective. But when the director tries to switch to comedy covering everything from female orgasms to Asian-masseuse gags fit for a Cedric the Entertainer movie the film goes so far south that it never recovers (and the masseuse bit comes early on). Unfortunately it’s not just the comedy that misfires. The male characters are barely there or even necessary making it seem like writers Karen Leigh Hopkins (Stepmom) and Jessie Nelson (the upcoming Fred Claus co-writer of Stepmom) merely exploited them to get to the predictable conclusion. Of course this is a by-the-book chick flick we’re talking about but the writers and director apparently didn’t want to push the envelope when it came to the supporting characters—or the main characters. Or any aspect of the movie whatsoever!
Scooby and the gang at Mystery Inc.--Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) Velma (Linda Cardellini) and Shaggy (Matthew Lillard)--are at the top of their game and just about everyone in Coolsville loves them. Even the Coolsonian Museum is honoring them with an exhibit--a costumed display of Mystery Inc.'s former foes such as The Pterodactyl Ghost The Black Knight Ghost and The 10 000 Volt Ghost. Yet at the museum's gala opening the team's stellar reputation is put in serious jeopardy when said monsters come alive re-created by a masked villain who vows to bring Mystery Inc. down. Under pressure from relentless reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone) the gang launches an investigation into the monster outbreak but as the mystery deepens Mystery Inc.'s members end up questioning their roles within the organization. Can macho leader Fred and image-conscious Daphne look past the superficial and find the identity of the Evil Masked Figure? Will brainy Velma let her feelings for Coolsonian Museum curator Patrick Wisely (Seth Green) blossom even though he is a key suspect? And finally can Shaggy and Scooby stop cowering--and eating--long enough to prove they can be detectives? These are tough times for the gang but they've got to pull it together so they can solve the mystery and save the day.
Even though it seems a little ridiculous that Scooby-Doo 2's fleshed-out cartoon characters would try to dig deep to find answers within the returning actors continue to have fun exploring their alter-Scooby-egos. Prinze's Fred has a hipper haircut this time (the original matted blond 'do had to go) and isn't quite the braggart he once was. He is still unquestionably the "face" of the group until he is made to look foolish by the ruthless Heather played with relish by Silverstone who shines in the bad-girl role. Gellar has definitely dropped Daphne's "damsel-in-distress" routine getting all Buffy on the monsters but is still worried that its her looks not her skills that get her attention. Cardellini's Velma on the other hand gets a love interest--and even all dolled up at one point--but can't get rid of her inherent geekiness. It's Shaggy and Scooby who experience the biggest revelation realizing they really are nothing but giant screw-ups. Lillard actually turns in some (and I can't believe I'm actually saying this) poignant moments as Shag grapples with his inequities. They all realize in the end though that for the good of Mystery Inc. it's best to be true to yourself. Thank god.
Director Raja Gosnell goes full throttle in his second Scooby effort with more action and more elaborate theme-parky sets than the original. Even as the characters pause to reflect on their faults these moments are thankfully short-lived before the gang is thrust into another wild chase or fight sequence keeping the kiddies' minds occupied--and allowing the adult fans to laugh at all the monsters they remember from the TV show. One of the criticisms from the first Scooby-Doo was that it didn't provide enough "inside" jokes for the grown-up enthusiasts (and face it there are probably more of them than kids). But Scooby-Doo 2 harkens back to the good old days and even pokes fun at all those criminals whose evil plans and ghost disguises were foiled by the meddlesome quintet. They all gather at their own watering hole called the Faux Ghost where they can throw darts at pictures of the Mystery Inc. gang. Funny stuff. Overall the sequel provides the same madcap fun the original did without requiring the use of too much brainpower.