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2013-04-02 09:38:16 AM  
Mostly meh.

John Lithgow might have been pretty good.
 
2013-04-02 09:53:35 AM  
And the only one that might have been an improvement was John Lithgow as Frasier Crane on Cheers.
 
2013-04-02 09:59:31 AM  
I don't believe anyone seriously suggested Pamela Anderson as Scully. Studio executives are stupid but they're not that stupid. Well, maybe.
 
2013-04-02 10:27:05 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: And the only one that might have been an improvement was John Lithgow as Frasier Crane on Cheers.


Lithgow would've been great, but I'd still prefer Kelsey Grammar.  Frasier is one of my favorite shows of all time.  OF ALL TIME

oh, and Rosie Odonnel as Elaine?  That would've ruined the show.  Julie Louis-Dreyfus was perfect for that role.
 
2013-04-02 10:39:28 AM  
Dana Delany as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City


I may have joined my wife while she watched that.


And my god I forgot how hot Courteney Cox was....
 
2013-04-02 10:45:25 AM  
X-Files wouldn't have worked with Pam...unless it was in slow motion.
 
2013-04-02 11:07:03 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: And my god I forgot how hot Courteney Cox was....


She still is

www.shockya.com

I'd hit that so hard the aftermath would look like a gremlin exploded in the microwave
 
2013-04-02 11:08:13 AM  

texdent: X-Files wouldn't have worked with Pam...unless it was in slow motion.


One good thing is XFiles could've used the same theme as Baywatch and not missed a beat. Some people live in the darkness....you got that right
 
2013-04-02 11:09:03 AM  

AnotherBluesStringer: And the only one that might have been an improvement was John Lithgow as Frasier Crane on Cheers.


He would improve ANY show. (Every show?)

He's silly on 3rd Rock. He's creepy in Cliffhanger. He's relatable on How I Met Your Mother (when he blows up at Barney "Tell me what I can do; I'll do anything!", if you don't feel a tear well up, you have no soul) - though that's a guest spot. He would have brought a different sort of gravitas to Frasier, but I suspect it'd have looked like 3rd Rock minus the "fish out of water" stuff, and heavier on the "college professor" persona.

He doesn't have that baritone that Grammer has, though, so radio may have been an odd medium for the character.

// or the drinking problem
 
2013-04-02 11:13:54 AM  
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Uh-oh, Spaghetti-Os.
 
2013-04-02 11:14:51 AM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: The Stealth Hippopotamus: And my god I forgot how hot Courteney Cox was....

She still is


She is indeed, but I'd still take Dana Delany... damn, that woman looks incredible. I remember her way back when on China Beach when the sight of her in a T shirt made my pants fit funny.
 
2013-04-02 11:17:46 AM  
What, no "FEATURED PARTNER" bullsh*t?

Still not clicking buzzfeed "articles".

Down at the bottom of the internet list is Perez Hilton's website.
And below that? Is buzzfeed.

F'n spammed out hastily thrown together crap.
 
2013-04-02 11:19:23 AM  
Rosie O'Donell as Elaine?  F*cking horrible.

Lithgow as Frazier would have been good.  Buscemi and Giamatti would be interesting...possibly awesome.

The rest: meh
 
2013-04-02 11:20:50 AM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'd hit that so hard the aftermath would look like a gremlin exploded in the microwave


If you see that much blood you should go get checked out...


akula: She is indeed, but I'd still take Dana Delany... damn, that woman looks incredible. I remember her way back when on China Beach when the sight of her in a T shirt made my pants fit funny.


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oh hells yeah
 
2013-04-02 11:28:13 AM  

akula: She is indeed, but I'd still take Dana Delany... damn, that woman looks incredible. I remember her way back when on China Beach when the sight of her in a T shirt made my pants fit funny.


Well obviously I'd take the superior product as well
 
2013-04-02 11:31:47 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'd hit that so hard the aftermath would look like a gremlin exploded in the microwave

If you see that much blood you should go get checked out...


akula: She is indeed, but I'd still take Dana Delany... damn, that woman looks incredible. I remember her way back when on China Beach when the sight of her in a T shirt made my pants fit funny.

[img526.imageshack.us image 368x477]

oh hells yeah


100% THIS!
 
2013-04-02 11:32:38 AM  
BottomFeed links should not be clicked. Ever.
 
2013-04-02 11:34:25 AM  
John Lithgow probably would have made a great Fraiser. And I am really surprised to hear Paul Giamatti was offered Michael Scott - though he probably could have pulled it off.
 
2013-04-02 11:36:17 AM  
Michael Richards would have been terrible in Monk.

/just sayin'
 
2013-04-02 11:50:58 AM  
Make Steinfeld a drama and then Steve Buscemi as George Costanza.... the serial killer.
 
2013-04-02 11:51:08 AM  

Evil-Imposter: And I am really surprised to hear Paul Giamatti was offered Michael Scott - though he probably could have pulled it off.


That would have been awesome.
 
2013-04-02 11:53:20 AM  

Dr Dreidel: AnotherBluesStringer: And the only one that might have been an improvement was John Lithgow as Frasier Crane on Cheers.

He would improve ANY show. (Every show?)

He's silly on 3rd Rock. He's creepy in Cliffhanger. He's relatable on How I Met Your Mother (when he blows up at Barney "Tell me what I can do; I'll do anything!", if you don't feel a tear well up, you have no soul) - though that's a guest spot. He would have brought a different sort of gravitas to Frasier, but I suspect it'd have looked like 3rd Rock minus the "fish out of water" stuff, and heavier on the "college professor" persona.

He doesn't have that baritone that Grammer has, though, so radio may have been an odd medium for the character.

// or the drinking problem


Don't forget his role as a serial killer on Dexter.... WOW
 
2013-04-02 11:55:22 AM  
Considering that, as TV characters, they are products of fiction, I'm gonna go with all of them.
 
2013-04-02 11:55:27 AM  
If someone can find that dude that can travel back in time without guaranteeing safety and get Dana Delaney's bare ass on HBO instead of Mr Ed's it would be greatly appreciated.
 
2013-04-02 12:00:17 PM  
90's Tea Leoni > 90's Jennifer Aniston
 
2013-04-02 12:00:44 PM  
Elaine would have been master of her domain if Rosie had gotten the role. Even she wouldn't want to touch that.
 
2013-04-02 12:05:57 PM  

Klippoklondike: Lithgow would've been great, but I'd still prefer Kelsey Grammar.



Seconded.
 
2013-04-02 12:23:57 PM  
Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet were originally considered for the roles of Fred & Ethel Mertz on "I Love Lucy", but they had other obligations at the time.

Carol O'Connor was originally considered as the Skipper on "Gilligan's Island". Jerry Van Dyke was offered the role of Gilligan, but turned it down to star in "My Mother, the Car".

Mickey Rooney was originally offered the role of Archie Bunker in "All in the Family".
 
2013-04-02 12:38:05 PM  
Michael Keaton was offered the role of Jack on LOST. The creator's idea was that he was to be the face of the show in the run-up, in all the trailers and promo material.
He was to die in the first episode, hoping for "Mind=Blown".
Jack was re-written as a whiny douche when MK turned it down.
 
2013-04-02 12:40:28 PM  
At least Dana Delany might've dropped her clothes for  Sex and the City.

NSFW
 
2013-04-02 12:41:23 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: MyKingdomForYourHorse: I'd hit that so hard the aftermath would look like a gremlin exploded in the microwave

If you see that much blood you should go get checked out...


akula: She is indeed, but I'd still take Dana Delany... damn, that woman looks incredible. I remember her way back when on China Beach when the sight of her in a T shirt made my pants fit funny.

[img526.imageshack.us image 368x477]

oh hells yeah


I remember as a kid her and Margheldengermanname making the Viet Nam war HOT.

And of course naked Dana being the soothing lemon wedge to the harsh tequila shot that was Rosie O'Donnell in fetish gear in Exit to Eden.
 
2013-04-02 12:48:41 PM  
Steve Buscemi would have made an excellent George Costanza.  I can just imagine it:

"I WAS IN THE POOL!"
 
2013-04-02 01:01:46 PM  
No Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr as Al and Peg Bundy? That would have been such a different show (probably terrible).
 
2013-04-02 01:05:37 PM  
AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Pamela Anderson as DANA SCULLY?

What's next? Jennifer Lopez as Lady Macbeth?
 
2013-04-02 01:07:47 PM  
Would've been better with Dana Delany as Carrie Bradshaw.  The idea of Sarah Jessica Parker being very selective with men and acting like her shiat doesn't stink or that she's supposedly this highly desirable woman, always bothered me.

Someone who's actually attractive in that role, would've made much more sense.
 
2013-04-02 01:11:05 PM  
Tea Leoni was the producers first choice to play Rachel, but she ended up passing on the project.

Courteney was originally asked to play the role of Rachel, but she asked for role of Monica Geller instead


So who was the first choice, Tea Leoni or Courteney Cox?
 
2013-04-02 01:13:04 PM  

RoyHobbs22: If someone can find that dude that can travel back in time without guaranteeing safety and get Dana Delaney's bare ass on HBO instead of Mr Ed's it would be greatly appreciated.


That movie was pretty good, if you haven't seen it.
 
2013-04-02 01:18:17 PM  
A good one they left off the list - he was almost Al Bundy:
 
2013-04-02 01:20:36 PM  
A good one they left off the list - Kurtwood Smith (aka "Red" from That 70's Show and Clarence Boddicker from Robocop) was almost Al Bundy.

/biatches leave
 
2013-04-02 01:20:51 PM  

GavinTheAlmighty: Tea Leoni was the producers first choice to play Rachel, but she ended up passing on the project.

Courteney was originally asked to play the role of Rachel, but she asked for role of Monica Geller instead

So who was the first choice, Tea Leoni or Courteney Cox?


Tea. They didn't also say "first" when talking about Courtney: they just also asked her (second, third, etc).
 
2013-04-02 01:22:07 PM  

GavinTheAlmighty: Tea Leoni was the producers first choice to play Rachel, but she ended up passing on the project.

Courteney was originally asked to play the role of Rachel, but she asked for role of Monica Geller instead

So who was the first choice, Tea Leoni or Courteney Cox?


I don't see that as contradictory.  Producers first asked Tea Leoni, who turned it down.  Then they asked Courtney Cox, who also turned it down for Monica instead.
 
2013-04-02 01:23:07 PM  

Dr Dreidel: He doesn't have that baritone that Grammer has, though, so radio may have been an odd medium for the character.


This is when they were casting for Cheers though. If there had been a Lithgow-based Frasier spin-off they probably would have had a different job for him.
 
2013-04-02 01:25:16 PM  

peterthx: Tea. They didn't also say "first" when talking about Courtney: they just also asked her (second, third, etc).


The Banana Thug: I don't see that as contradictory. Producers first asked Tea Leoni, who turned it down. Then they asked Courtney Cox, who also turned it down for Monica instead.


Thanks - I realize upon re-reading that I misinterpreted.  Oops.
 
2013-04-02 01:27:28 PM  

mechgreg: No Sam Kinison and Roseanne Barr as Al and Peg Bundy? That would have been such a different show (probably terrible).


oh god that would have been bad.

Sam couldn't play defeated
 
2013-04-02 01:28:39 PM  

peterthx: Dr Dreidel: He doesn't have that baritone that Grammer has, though, so radio may have been an odd medium for the character.

This is when they were casting for Cheers though. If there had been a Lithgow-based Frasier spin-off they probably would have had a different job for him.


It didn't even occur to me that casting Lithgow as Frasier when Kelsey Grammer'd been on Cheers for 450 years might be odd. The fact that they were talking about Peri Gilpin in TFA, I guess, led me to believe that they were talking about the spinoff.

// I'd Gilpin her Peri
// and also that tasty Irish lass, the Virgin Jane Leeves
// bathe them both and let Frasier pontificate about why I would feel the need to seek the sexual comfort of two women rather than emotional support of one while they writhe about my chambers
// DAT LASS
 
2013-04-02 01:34:16 PM  

Bermuda59: Make Steinfeld a drama and then Steve Buscemi as George Costanza.... the serial killer.


Seriously.  Tony Shalhoub is an actual actor.  Michael Richards is a non-funny physical comedy guy.  Thank god we got the Monk we did.

// Natalie > Sharona
 
2013-04-02 01:37:41 PM  

Mugato: I don't believe anyone seriously suggested Pamela Anderson as Scully. Studio executives are stupid but they're not that stupid.


Correct, they're twice "that stupid."
 
2013-04-02 01:39:03 PM  

Dr Dreidel: AnotherBluesStringer: And the only one that might have been an improvement was John Lithgow as Frasier Crane on Cheers.

He would improve ANY show. (Every show?)

He's silly on 3rd Rock. He's creepy in Cliffhanger. He's relatable on How I Met Your Mother (when he blows up at Barney "Tell me what I can do; I'll do anything!", if you don't feel a tear well up, you have no soul) - though that's a guest spot. He would have brought a different sort of gravitas to Frasier, but I suspect it'd have looked like 3rd Rock minus the "fish out of water" stuff, and heavier on the "college professor" persona.

He doesn't have that baritone that Grammer has, though, so radio may have been an odd medium for the character.

// or the drinking problem


Funny you should mention that. One of Lithgow's roles from the long, long past was doing Yoda on a radio play of Star Wars.
 
2013-04-02 01:47:57 PM  

pacified: Natalie > Sharona


Agreed.  Natalie was more of a mother figure, a role which was needed.  Sharona wasn't bad, and it didn't ruin the show.  But someone like Natalie was needed and added a lot to the show.
 
2013-04-02 01:48:10 PM  
I've long thought it would be fun for a network to A) have all of their shows in the same universe, with all the implications thereof - go way, way past the Munchverse. And B) start "Classic Script Theater", where well-regarded episodes of old shows (not just one series, but all over the map) are remade with new casts, directors, etc. Maybe even find folks to do them who never saw the originals.
 
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