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When Lead Characters Leave Shows, It Might Be More Actor Ego Than Writers’ Choice

When Lead Characters Leave Shows, It Might Be More Actor Ego Than Writers' Choice

Every story has as many sides as there are people involved, and in the vast and complicated world of television, there are a lot of people. When a TV show makes a major change to its cast, there might be some public statements as to why the actor is departing. But the truth could be different.  

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Writer/director Eric Heisserer has primarily worked in features, including the 2013 film “Hours” and the upcoming “Van Helsing” reboot, but it’s a small world and people love to talk. In the Tweets below, Heisserer lays out a “hypothetical” scenario that may bear a striking resemblance to a lot of the behind-the-scenes goings-on in television right now, but from the point of view of a staff writer.

As Heisserer says, there are at least four shows recently where something similar to this has happened. While he doesn’t name names, it’s pretty clear that variations of this story could be applied to the announced departure of Stana Katic and Tamala Jones from “Castle,” the Season 3 finale of “Sleepy Hollow” and recent cast turnover on “The Vampire Diaries.” (Are there any other shows you think Heisserer might be referring to? Let us know in the comments.) 

But the point of this speech isn’t to spread gossip about unnamed shows. What Heisserer is really preaching is the notion that extenuating circumstances can have a major impact on the stories being told on television. And that fans and critics alike should keep that in mind when deciding who’s to blame.  

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