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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.



Comments (153)

  • Robert Forester would be great!!

    Comment by Tyson – July 21, 2011 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bill Cosby would be great and he hasn’t been on TV for a long time. Frankly, we miss him!

      Comment by Matt – July 21, 2011 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Forester would be GREAT!

      Comment by handtalker – July 22, 2011 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sean Connery

      Comment by Dolphin – August 20, 2011 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Valerie – July 21, 2011 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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’?”

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 21, 2011 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Fry would be AWESOME!!!!

      Comment by Joey TV – July 21, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s Forster, Robert Forster.

    Comment by Tyson – July 21, 2011 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does this show follow the continuity of the original series and movies, or does it take place in its own separate fictional universe?

    Comment by Sivat – July 21, 2011 06:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 21, 2011 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That is indeed my question. Thanks Matt!

        Comment by Sivat – July 21, 2011 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom Selleck.

    Comment by dan – July 21, 2011 06:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Shat.

    Comment by Will – July 21, 2011 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree both distintive and authoritive. Or try Jonathon Frid.

      Comment by Andy – July 21, 2011 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by lX – July 21, 2011 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well if they chose a woman, I’d add Kathy Najimy doing Peggy Hill to that list.

      Comment by Snsetblaze – July 21, 2011 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should get some new Angels, too.

    Comment by Kiki – July 21, 2011 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Dan, Tom Sellek. If he’s not available, Lee Majors.

    Comment by darclyte – July 21, 2011 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, I do get the whole Lee Majors-Farrah-Angels connection.

      Comment by darclyte – July 21, 2011 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oooh, I LIKE that — he has a good voice, is at the right age now, and there is that callback of sorts to Angels’ heyday.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 21, 2011 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thanks Matt! How have your kids been enjoying the latest episodes of Scooby Doo? Interesting developments, huh?

          Comment by darclyte – July 21, 2011 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Morgan Freeman

    Comment by Moxie – July 21, 2011 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • no no, totally Morgan Freeman!

      Comment by DJ – July 22, 2011 01:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by JD – July 21, 2011 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He could do it easily, the Simpsons voice work is recorded in big batches, so he has lots of gaps in his schedule.

      Comment by Dillan – July 21, 2011 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He never should have played DiNozzo’s dad. Christopher McDonald should have had that role. They look so much alike.

      Comment by Templar – July 21, 2011 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Bob – July 21, 2011 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Mike – July 21, 2011 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes, and Angela Lansbury was just ten years older than Elvis when she played his mother in “Blue Hawaii”. It’s called acting, dipstick.

          Comment by Templar – July 21, 2011 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brad Garrett…or the lead singer from Crash Test Dummies.

    Comment by scooterbeanbag – July 21, 2011 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – July 21, 2011 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Abe Froman – July 21, 2011 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Drew Barrymore is not that bad, but the idea of a female “Charlie” is…

        Comment by DJ – July 22, 2011 01:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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”

    Comment by Emily – July 21, 2011 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by KMG – July 21, 2011 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • two words…Christopher Walken!

    Comment by mike – July 21, 2011 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes!!! Just for fun…Why not Christopher Walken!?

      Comment by Celeste – July 21, 2011 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Richard Chamberlain! So iconic :)

    Comment by Till – July 21, 2011 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • George Clooney.

    Comment by Abe Froman – July 21, 2011 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Abe Froman – July 21, 2011 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sacrilege! :-O

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 21, 2011 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James Earl Jones
    Patrick Stewart
    Alan Rickman
    Jeremy Irons
    James Garner

    Comment by Brad – July 21, 2011 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second Alan Rickman. Leonard Nimoy would be great if he could be coaxed out of retirement again.

      Comment by D – July 21, 2011 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Cleese – British accent with a touch of humor

    Comment by Jon – July 21, 2011 07:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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).

    Comment by Snsetblaze – July 21, 2011 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ron Perlman. He really has a distinctive voice (remember Vincent from Beauty and Beast?) and would be an awesome addition!

    Comment by Lady K – July 21, 2011 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE, THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by GeekGirl13 – July 21, 2011 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Harvey Fierstein!

    Comment by Yabby – July 21, 2011 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seth McFarlane (kidding). Adam West.

    Comment by Snsetblaze – July 21, 2011 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can get behind Adam West.

      Comment by Jones19 – July 22, 2011 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Craig Ferguson, Edward Herrann [Lorelai's father on Gilmore Girls], Kevin Costner, Bill Curtis [documentary voice], the possibilities are endless.

    Comment by Templar – July 21, 2011 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by J. Norman – July 21, 2011 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think you’re right.

      Comment by vfu – July 21, 2011 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Dani – July 21, 2011 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stephen Hawking

    Comment by Carlos – July 21, 2011 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • REALLY??? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for making such comments?

      Comment by vfu – July 21, 2011 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Patrick Stewart.

    Comment by cmnj – July 21, 2011 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by DL – July 21, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gotta be Martin Sheen.

    Comment by Not Daniel – July 21, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scheduling conflicts? It’s voice work! Hmmm…sounds suspicious to me…guessing it was probably a $$$ issue….

    Comment by Jay – July 21, 2011 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Edward James Olmos

    Comment by jrp001 – July 21, 2011 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Peter Coyote his voice is distinctive and warm

    Comment by conor O'Brien – July 21, 2011 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for Lee Majors…I think that is an awesome idea!

    Comment by Wldr – July 21, 2011 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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).

    Comment by Pennagirl – July 21, 2011 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tristin would be awesome. However, would be able to pull off a regular American accent?

      Comment by jane – July 21, 2011 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by julie – July 21, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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)?

          Comment by Pennagirl – July 21, 2011 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Victor Garber

    Comment by jane – July 21, 2011 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by trista – July 21, 2011 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forrest Whittaker or Billy Dee Williams

    Comment by Dan – July 21, 2011 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mike – July 21, 2011 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by GeekGirl13 – July 21, 2011 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My vote is for Ian McKellen :)

    Comment by Fido – July 21, 2011 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why can’t Charlie be a woman? I think Kathleen Turner would be perfect for this role!

    Comment by annapite – July 21, 2011 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I suggest just killing the show period.

    Comment by Ashley – July 21, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!!

    Comment by kari – July 21, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sean Connery

    Comment by steve – July 21, 2011 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Steph – July 21, 2011 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John O’Hurley – aka J. Peterman from “Seinfield”.

    Comment by Muthamedia – July 21, 2011 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gilbert Gottfreid there can be only one!

    Comment by Phi – July 21, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Barry Bostwick would be a good choice.

    Comment by Jerald Miller – July 21, 2011 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • jeffrey tambor
    Kevin Spacey
    or William H Macy

    Comment by ben – July 21, 2011 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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