There’s nothing quite as frustrating as realizing that
a show which is in need of a shake-up has introduced a great new character,
only for them to end up totally underutilized in coming episodes. It’s not a
rare occurrence: between writer’s rooms adding characters only to forget about
them a week later and nervy executives demanding the addition of someone new
only to then abandon them soon after, it’s inevitable that some much-loved
figures end up written out of television history.
But for audiences hoping to see more of these
characters and—reasonably enough—assuming they have been added to the line-up
for a reason, this is a deeply frustrating move. A lot of shows feel the need
to reinvigorate their cast list after a few stale seasons, and in many cases
the addition of a new character can be the perfect compromise.
However, in the
case of examples included in this list, it didn’t matter how good the characters
were since they were never given a chance to have much impact on proceedings
before being shuffled back out of the cast list...