While the news comes as not a total surprise — Wagner’s voice was not used in the pilot sent out to the press, though such post-production add-ons are often MIA from not-for-review screeners — it’s still disheartening, given the Hart to Hart crimesolver’s want to follow in the footsteps of his passed-on peer and pal, John Forsythe.
Why the exit? A statement to TV Guide Magazine, supplied by ABC and production studio Sony, simply reads: “Due to his scheduling conflicts, Robert Wagner will need to step away from his duties as Charlie on Charlie’s Angels.”
The situation somewhat echoes what happened to NBC’s short-lived Knight Rider reboot, which had to drop Will Arnett as the voice of K.I.T.T. in favor of Val Kilmer.
So, sad as it is to see Wagner not continue on, whose voice do you suggest ABC use to deliver assignments to Angels Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) from the Townsend Agency’s squawk box? Remember, it needs to be distinctive and authoritative as well as warm.