Actors that quit a TV show after shooting the pilot
Television is like alchemy. The people who practice it have to constantly experiment, combining elements over and over in different permutations in an attempt to turn raw materials into something entirely new. They won't know what they've got until they try, but they're looking for something like magic — and for every miracle mixture, there's a dusty shelf full of discarded attempts that fell flat, came out toxic, or blew up in their faces. Sometimes these efforts are abandoned entirely, but sometimes swapping out one ingredient does the trick.
Networks greenlight new TV shows based on the strength of a pilot episode. Even with the most successful pilots, changes can be made for any number of reasons before the first season makes it to air. Network executives might demand adjustments to characters or stories. Often, creators gain new insight from seeing their script brought to life. And sometimes, cast members make the choice to bow out because of scheduling conflicts, contractual obligations, or the daunting prospect of committing to a performance for several years. Here's a look at some actors who walked away after shooting a pilot.