Updated: 07/23/2018 12:48 PM | First Published: 07/23/2018 11:43 AM

Popular TV Shows That Kept Going Even After Losing Their Star

We often get attached to the characters in our favorite shows and wish a happy and peaceful ending for them. But anticipating the same for the characters from series like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead can prove to be a daydream. Those pleasing characters getting written off of the show, is anything but unusual. 

When significant players on most of the other shows get written off, it might come as a shocker to the viewers. Sometimes it’s because of personal reasons that the actors chose to walk away from the famous roles and sometimes actors had enough of whatever irked them on set. In either case, the shows are often in a tangled state. But there are a number of shows, which have decided to continue without their lead characters. Today, we here with the 5 TV shows which kept going after losing their stars.

When Calls the Heart - Daniel Lissing

While the fans were getting everything from the show, from a romantic love story to the fairytale wedding, the emotionally devastating season 5 ended with show’s lead, Daniel Lissing’s death. And nothing hurt the hearties more than the news of the departure of Jack Thornton, played by Lissing.

Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton, sitting on the bank of swampy river

Actors are bound by contracts, and Daniel is not an exception. During a Facebook Live aftershow, Daniel shared that he had to leave the show “for reasons that are very personal” to him. Without Jack in the show, undoubtedly the new season will bring about a new direction for Elizabeth (played by Erin Krakow) and the Hope Valley. But, how will hearties react to the show without their favorite character? We will have to wait to find out. 

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NCIS - Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette poses on red carpet

After 15 seasons as the forensic specialist, Abby Sciuto, in the hit CBS drama NCIS, Pauley Perrette bid farewell to the show. However, the reason for her departure was a mystery until she took to Twitter to explain the entire scenario in a series of tweets. A week after her emotional exit in May, she claimed that she endured multiple physical assaults on the set. 

The departure of Pauley might hamper the show in many ways, but whatever the scenario is, the show must go on.

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Chicago PD - Elias Koteas

Elias Koteas wearing head Hat Beanie

Every character of the respective shows has a story to tell regarding their exit. More often it's their contract issues or personal problems which have to be taken care of, but Alvin Olinsky played by Elias Koteas was merely written off the show. The reason to do so was the demand of the storyline and came organically. The creators felt the death of Al was an appropriate ending to the season-long storyline revolving around Hank Voight played by Jason Beghe and Denny Woods, played by Mykelti Williamson, which held Al in the middle.

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General Hospital - Ryan Paevey

Ryan Paevey attending an event wearing a black suit and white shirt

After joining ABC’s medical drama, General Hospital, as Detective Nathan West, in December 2013, Ryan Paevey took time off a couple of times to film movies. However, fans were in shock after the exit of Ryan was confirmed. It was Nathan who decided not to renew the contract and fans totally respected that.

Fans can take a sigh of relief, however, as Ryan is leaving the show but not the screen. We will be seeing him in other projects too. 

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Grey's Anatomy - Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew plays April Kepner on Grey's Anatomy.

Sarah Drew joined the popular medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy, in season number 6 and had been a regular until the 14th season. Her character of April and her co-star Jessica Capshaw as Arizona were written off the show and the decision was strictly based on the show’s creative direction.

The news came as a shocker to all the fans of April and Arizona. Fans are somehow relieved to know they can meet Drew in a new show, a Cagney & Lacey reboot on CBS this fall. But what will the new season of Grey’s Anatomy be like without these two leading ladies?

What do you expect from the shows after your favorite characters are written off? Mention in the comment section below.


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