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  • Macbeth
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    Very often, TV shows cast actors in a role that suit them perfectly. An example of this is Jason Alexander and George in Seinfeld.

    However, sometimes they get it wrong. Which TV roles do you think were miscast and who would have been a better alternative?

    For example, I think Steve Carrell wasn’t the best choice for Michael Scott in The Office. I understand how he was a great actor and the character is a really original one, but Steve just fails to bring the role the same essence as Ricky Gervais’ more oblivious, foolish David Brent in the original. I think Paul Giamatti and the great Martin Short (both who were considered) would have been better choices.

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    Icky
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    Can’t think of any right now, but I certainly can’t get behind your choice. While I always enjoyed the ensemble more than Carrell I liked that he was so entirely opposite Gervais. His performance fit this version of The Office more than an imitation of Gervais would have. In fact, one of the problems with the first season of The Office is that Carrell seemed to be trying to mirror Ricky.

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    A Person
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    Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson.  

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    Riley
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    Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson.

    Ooh, that is a good one.  Buscemi is not a bad actor, but that series does not play to his strengths and he does nothing interesting with his performance.

    Morena Baccarin as Jess Brody in Homeland is an obvious one.

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    Macbeth
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    I agree about Buscemi. Who do you think would have been a better candidate to play the character?

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    BrandoObsession
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    A little obscure.. but in the UK Skins, I thought the girl playing Michelle (the lead) was so miscasted. But back in the stateside, Winston in ‘New Girl’, Julie Taylor in ‘Friday Night Lights’ and Anna Paquin in ‘True Blood’ comes to mind.

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    Reid
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    I can’t tell if you’re serious, or just trying to stir something up with Steve Carrell.  He was the perfect person for that roll.  In fact, as we now see in the most recent seasons of The Office, finding a replacement as the lead is very difficult.  I really do not believe The Office would have been the success it was without Carrell.

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    Gabriel
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    For example, I think Steve Carrell wasn’t the best choice for Michael Scott in The Office.

    Excuse me? lol.

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    Boidiva02
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    , Winston in ‘New Girl’

    I agree. Not only is the casting wrong on this one, but frankly the character is still too ill-defined.   When you have characters as strongly defined as Jess, Schmidt and to a lesser degree, Nick, it’s hard to see such a so-so character.

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    Gabriel
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    I don’t think the actor playing Winston is the problem. It’s the writing. Or lack thereof.

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    BamaEd
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    Totally agree about Anna Paquin in True Blood.

    I know with Winston it was a little difficult at first because it was supposed to be Damon Wayans Jr, but with Happy Endings getting picked up, he was no longer available, so they had to go another direction. I do think the character is unfocused right now. Hopefully they will rectify that soon. They need to. Make him mean, make him dumb, make him a slick lady killer, make him a dork, something to build around.

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    Boidiva02
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    I don’t think the actor playing Winston is the problem. It’s the writing. Or lack thereof.

    As a whole, the writing on New Girl this season is sub-par compared to last season. They’ve really lost their mojo and something is just off.    It seems they’ve managed to tone down Jess a lot over last year, but at the same time they’ve lost some of that magic that made the first year so memorable.

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    Macbeth
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    Steve Carrell was certainly excellent in The Office. But I think that it may have been a lot funnier with someone like Short

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    Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie in Revolution. Any halfway decent actress would have been a better choice for that role.

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    Guest actor Ryan Phillippe as Channing McClaren, in the final season of Damages. That was pretty weak.

    I don’t know if this qualifies as a “mis-cast,” but I never cared much for Erik King as Sgt Doakes, on Dexter. There were a few scenes where he acted human, but for the most part he was so one-note… the constant glowering stink-eye, the pursed lips. He overplayed it. No nuance there, at all. I kept wondering what a better actor could have done with that role. 

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