New Angels Seek New Charlie, as Robert Wagner Bows Out: Whom Would You Suggest?

Well this is unfortunate: It turns out that TV icon Robert Wagner will not be voicing the unseen boss man of ABC’s new Charlie’s Angels after all.

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.

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  1. Tyson says:

    Robert Forester would be great!!

  2. Valerie says:

    Stephen Fry, though he’s one of the busiest men in showbiz so that might not work but he would be great!

    Another distinctive voice that immediately comes to mind is Morgan Freeman.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Morgan Freeman is tough, because he is SO distinctive, you’d always be expecting the Angels to ask Bosley, “So, is our boss Morgan Freeman? You know, the guy from ‘Shawshank’?”

    • Joey TV says:

      Fry would be AWESOME!!!!

  3. Tyson says:

    That’s Forster, Robert Forster.

  4. Sivat says:

    Does this show follow the continuity of the original series and movies, or does it take place in its own separate fictional universe?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Hmmm. You mean, could the new Angels one day team up with Sabrina Duncan or Dylan Sanders? Good question. That is not made evident in the pilot, though the new Bosley is very different — young and swarthy.

  5. dan says:

    Tom Selleck.

  6. Will says:

    The Shat.

  7. lX says:

    Angela Bassett or CCH Pounder. (Too bad Lynne Thigpen passed away.) I think it would be an interesting twist, and a nice response to the sexism of an unseen man recruiting “three little girls”, if Charlie were a lady.

  8. Kiki says:

    They should get some new Angels, too.

  9. darclyte says:

    I agree with Dan, Tom Sellek. If he’s not available, Lee Majors.

  10. Moxie says:

    Morgan Freeman

  11. JD says:

    I wonder if Wagner’s going to be more involved with NCIS…? He’s done a great job at Tony’s dad in the few episodes he’s been in.

    As for a replacement, I’d go with…Harry Shearer. Yes, he already works on The Simpsons, but the Charlie voiceovers are probably just a couple minutes out of each show. I would bet he could do both without trouble.

    • Dillan says:

      He could do it easily, the Simpsons voice work is recorded in big batches, so he has lots of gaps in his schedule.

    • Templar says:

      He never should have played DiNozzo’s dad. Christopher McDonald should have had that role. They look so much alike.

      • Bob says:

        What have you been smoking? Michael Weatherly and Christopher MacDonald look nothing alike. And MacDonald fathered Weatherly when he was 13? A little precocious, don’t you think? Wagner was a perfect fit as DiNozzo’s father.

        • Mike says:

          Not to mention, young Robert Wagner looked alot like current-day Michael Weatherly.

          In fact, i’d even suggest Michael Weatherly for the voice of Charlie. Not like Michael hasn’t done a character “heard but not seen” in the past, such as Dark Angel’s “Eyes Only” character.

        • Templar says:

          Yes, and Angela Lansbury was just ten years older than Elvis when she played his mother in “Blue Hawaii”. It’s called acting, dipstick.

  12. scooterbeanbag says:

    Brad Garrett…or the lead singer from Crash Test Dummies.

  13. Michael Sacal says:

    Barrymore is involved as producer, correct? Why not have her be the voice from the box as her character from the movies, whose main concern in the second one was that she would be left behind while her teammates would leave the group? Her becoming the new Charlie would solve that problem, and be good character development.

    • Abe Froman says:

      So Charlie would sound like a Valley girl? “Like, Angels… there’s this dead guy, you know, and we like need to find his killer”. Uh, no thanks.

  14. Emily says:

    If it didn’t have to be someone well known (since Charlie doesn’t really appear), I would suggest the Daran Norris who played the lawyer Cliff McCormack on Veronica Mars. Loved the way he spoke, especially when he said the word “Tawdry”

  15. KMG says:

    I loved that Forsythe’s voice was so distinctive on the original, so how about using someone with an equally distinctive voice… James Earl Jones? Or, if he’s not available, Johnathan Adams (the boss on season 1 of Bones) has an awesome, deep, melodious voice.

  16. mike says:

    two words…Christopher Walken!

  17. Till says:

    Richard Chamberlain! So iconic :)

  18. Abe Froman says:

    George Clooney.

  19. Abe Froman says:

    Or use John Forsyth’s voice again. With today’s computer technology I’m sure they can take his tracks from the original series to create new ones.

  20. Brad says:

    James Earl Jones
    Patrick Stewart
    Alan Rickman
    Jeremy Irons
    James Garner

  21. Jon says:

    John Cleese – British accent with a touch of humor

  22. Snsetblaze says:

    Henry Winkler. Donald Sutherland. Edward James Olmos. William Daniels (the original KITT). Billy West (someone who is a profesisonal voice artist and plays Fry and other characters from Futurama).

  23. Lady K says:

    Ron Perlman. He really has a distinctive voice (remember Vincent from Beauty and Beast?) and would be an awesome addition!

  24. Yabby says:

    Harvey Fierstein!

  25. Snsetblaze says:

    Seth McFarlane (kidding). Adam West.

  26. Templar says:

    Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Craig Ferguson, Edward Herrann [Lorelai’s father on Gilmore Girls], Kevin Costner, Bill Curtis [documentary voice], the possibilities are endless.

  27. J. Norman says:

    I’m still wondering why in the world someone thinks that there is a burning need for a remake of Charlies Angels? or any of the old classic shows.
    The only reason Hawaii 5-0 does as well as it has (which is much less than CBS envisioned) is the Hawaiian backdrop itself. The others have not fared well. (e.g. Wonder Woman)

    This (Wagner dropping out) may be a sign that the show is not that good and he is getting off the sinking ship now.

    • vfu says:

      I think you’re right.

    • Dani says:

      I’d have to agree that Wagner probably realized the show was not good enough to part of. How can he NOT fit the role of Charlie into his schedule? He’s not on camera and only has a few lines. I just don’t buy that as a reason. Plus, I also saw the pilot and thought it wasn’t that great. Definitely worse than Hawaii 5-0.

  28. Carlos says:

    Stephen Hawking

  29. cmnj says:

    Patrick Stewart.

  30. DL says:

    Having seen the pilot, I’m not sure it matters. The show isn’t very good. If they can manage to improve it, though, then more power to them.

  31. Not Daniel says:

    Gotta be Martin Sheen.

  32. Jay says:

    Scheduling conflicts? It’s voice work! Hmmm…sounds suspicious to me…guessing it was probably a $$$ issue….

  33. jrp001 says:

    Edward James Olmos

  34. conor O'Brien says:

    Peter Coyote his voice is distinctive and warm

  35. Wldr says:

    I vote for Lee Majors…I think that is an awesome idea!

  36. Pennagirl says:

    How about some of the unemployed/soon to be unemployed Soap stars: Tristin Rogers (GH), Walt Willey (AMC), David Canary (AMC), Thorsten Kaye (AMC), Don Hastings (ATWT) or from the movies Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) or Cheech Marin (everything).

    • jane says:

      Tristin would be awesome. However, would be able to pull off a regular American accent?

      • julie says:

        Does Charlie need to be American? If so, why?

        Walt Willey has a perfect voice for this. Ditto David Canary. Jerry Ver Dorn would be good. John Ingles gets very little to do on GH. John McCook. Lots of good soap voices.

        • Pennagirl says:

          I forgot about Jerry, John and John. McCook always had that voice. Forsythe always seemed to have a “Euro/American” accent. It’s a good spin for Tristin Rogers…hey why not John York (his on screen brother)?

  37. jane says:

    Victor Garber

  38. trista says:

    I love me some Lee Majors. I would also vote Victor Garber. If not those two then what about Avery Brooks from Spencer for Hire and Deep Space Nine or Scott Bakula?

  39. Dan says:

    Forrest Whittaker or Billy Dee Williams

  40. Mike says:

    Wow, people are really shooting high with their choices for a show that won’t see season 3. No one is tuning in for Charlie and once the novelty wears off from seeing the new angels it will be all downhill. It’ll get a lame duck second season because of all the money and time invested but that’s about it.

    • GeekGirl13 says:

      Believe me Mike, they get Ron Perlman to voice Charlie and I will be watching every episode, regardless of how well I like the rest of the episodes. There’s not much I wouldn’t watch just to hear his voice. I can actually think of a couple of other actors I like just as well.

  41. Fido says:

    My vote is for Ian McKellen :)

  42. annapite says:

    Why can’t Charlie be a woman? I think Kathleen Turner would be perfect for this role!

  43. Ashley says:

    I suggest just killing the show period.

  44. kari says:

    no one – GET THIS SERIES OFF THE AIR – I had the unpleasant experience of seeing the pilot for a consumer survey and it was just HORRIBLE!!!!

  45. steve says:

    Sean Connery

  46. Steph says:

    This show had some promise with Wagner’s voice over’s but now….maybe he’s bailing because he doesn’t want to be associated with this. Not a good sign at all.

  47. Muthamedia says:

    John O’Hurley – aka J. Peterman from “Seinfield”.

  48. Phi says:

    Gilbert Gottfreid there can be only one!

  49. Jerald Miller says:

    Barry Bostwick would be a good choice.

  50. ben says:

    jeffrey tambor
    Kevin Spacey
    or William H Macy