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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)

  • Mark Hamill. He is an incredible voice artist and owns any role he lends his voice to.

    Comment by AC – July 21, 2011 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Darryl Hammond – then they could have any voice they want.

    Comment by Richard – July 21, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sam Elliott

    Comment by kat – July 21, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ooohhhh. Love me some Sam Elliott.

      Comment by Renee – July 21, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Robert Forester or Johnny Depp

    Comment by sondra – July 21, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After watching the Previews. This show has a serious problem. What makes it more than just a Burn Notice Clone. I’m not even expecting it to be any near quality of Burn Notice or to have any real aspirations siince on broadcast TV.

    Comment by George – July 21, 2011 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alan Rickman would be kind of hilarious.

    Comment by Petra – July 21, 2011 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jaclyn Smith

    Comment by Seanti – July 21, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The reason Will Arnett wasn’t able to do Knight Rider was reportedly not scheduling conflicts but because he was currently doing ads for Chevrolet while the new KITT was a Ford Mustang.

    So it makes me skeptical of Wagner’s departure. Perhaps he’s fleeing a sinking ship? Maybe he’s seen some of the episodes and realizes this thing is gonna bomb hard?

    Comment by Alex – July 21, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kiefer Sutherland or perhaps Gregory Itzin aka President Charles Logan on “24″ or maybe Dennis Haysbert or if by any chance RoboCop himself Peter Weller, he was great on DEXTER last season and I rather predict Jack Coleman of HEROES to be the new voice of CHARLIE. ABC needs more than one new series to finally break the curse this upcoming Fall and CHARLIE’S ANGELS is one of them and hopefully save ABC and the series and it destined to be the hOTTEST new show of the season.

    Comment by Kevin – July 21, 2011 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shatner was an excellent suggestion….if not him then James Caan or Victor Garber.

    Comment by TheDude – July 21, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John O’Hurley is the perfect choice. I, personally, would love to hear old curmudgeon Ed Asner take it on, but that would definitely change the Charlie personality from the John Forsythe days.

    So I still think John O’Hurley has the best voice for this job.

    Comment by juju – July 21, 2011 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • After reading the other item about Fran Drescher’s show coming back, I thought of the PERFECT choice for Charlie’s voice. Charles Shaughnessy! Plummy English accent, warmth, sparkle… He’s done as St. John on Mad Men, right? Charles Shaughnessy for the win!

    Comment by julie – July 21, 2011 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really don’t think CHARLIE’S ANGELS won’t be on the same boat KNIGHT RIDER was when the series got canned after one season ’cause of the voice over changes involving Val Kilmer replacing Will Arnett so I think the perfect voice for Charlie is Martin Sheen. Of cousre he’s the proud pop of CHARLIE SHEEN. This reboot gives ABC a fighting chance to survive and will last and probably go on if there’s a chance Season Two is around the corner an in the same house CBS’ Hawaii Five-O was. :)

    Comment by Kevin – July 21, 2011 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the guy who plays clint on one life to live

    Comment by sara – July 21, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Gene Hackman

    Comment by Chris – July 21, 2011 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Roger Moore – he has a strong voice, and if they decided to reveal Charlie, his legacy as James Bond could only help establish why he doesn’t reveal himself.

    Comment by CJ – July 21, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I just remembered, Roger Moore has already played a “Charlie-like” character in DREAM Team in 1999.

      Comment by CJ – July 21, 2011 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • William Daniels, he was great as KITT.

    Comment by Abe Froman – July 21, 2011 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Ironside

    Comment by Kornelius – July 21, 2011 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff Goldblum

    Comment by ATL – July 21, 2011 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I THINK SAM ELLIOTT WOULD BE GREAT AS THE VOICE FOR CHARLIE!

    Comment by WAYNE – July 21, 2011 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Robert Vaughn……get him out of those silly commericials

    Comment by jeff ceragno – July 21, 2011 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James Earl Jones, Morgan Freeman, Patrick Stewart.

    Comment by Ryan keely – July 21, 2011 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forster. Hands down. Great voice.

    Comment by Todd – July 21, 2011 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m pretty sure Robert Wagner owns a piece of the show. The talk of NCIS conflicting seems more logical.

    Comment by swthompson – July 21, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Benedict Cumberbatch. You know…BBC’s Sherlock Holmes.

    Comment by Renee – July 21, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Although if it in ANY WAY slowed down the making of more Sherlock Holmes episodes, then I withdraw my suggestion. He does have an amazing voice though.

      Comment by Renee – July 21, 2011 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Vincent D’Ornifrio (since L&O:CI) is gone. Or G.W. Bailey from the Closer.

    Comment by Pennagirl – July 21, 2011 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gilbert Gottfried

    Comment by kel – July 21, 2011 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Kevin Pollak? He can also do any other Voice that they could/would want. He’s fantastic!!!

    Comment by Celeste – July 21, 2011 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PEE-WEE HERMAN!! :-D

    You can just imagine that one, huh.

    “Good morning, Angels (hu-HAH!)”

    “Charlie, you’re so bad!”
    “I know you are, but what am I?”

    OK, seriously, you don’t want someone with too dramatic of a voice. Edward James Olmos? The clients will want to kill themselves if he sends the Angels out.

    That said, how about Mel Brooks? Distinctive, has a positive lilt. He might get a little ferschnookered once in a while (oy!), but he’d do a good job.

    Comment by PJM – July 21, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great suggestion PJM- you are funnier then ost sitcoms!

      Comment by shellonwheels – July 21, 2011 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Are ost sitcoms the ones about making alcoholic beverages?

        Comment by Templar – July 21, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LEE MAJORS. Remember back in the ’70s he was married to FARRAH FAWCETT before the original series made her into a breakout star. I really think the star of Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy will be the perfect choice to voice CHARLIE in memory of his late ex-wife.

    Comment by Kevin – July 21, 2011 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tom Bergeron.

    Comment by susela – July 21, 2011 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Adrian Paul or Patrick Stewart

    Comment by mgb – July 21, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howabout James Earl Jones?

    Comment by Nitehork – July 21, 2011 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I say Nobody. Charlie’s Angels sucked as a TV show, the movies sucked too. If they are really dumb enough to remake it – it will suck again.BTW @Sondra who said Johnny Depp —– you an idiot!!! Why would he take a step DOWN and do television?

    Comment by Why? – July 21, 2011 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • William Devane would be perfect. Or if you want to paly the Farrah angle, get Ryan O’Neal.

    Comment by Daryl Zer0 – July 21, 2011 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jim Dale, who narrated the American versions of the Harry Potter audiobooks, as well as doing the voice-over narration for Pushing Daisies.

    Comment by Play-Doh – July 21, 2011 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Should be Charlie Sheen. HE’s got the gravelly voice down and he could do it becuause how hard is it to read a few lines in a microphone every week. Plus he’s Charlie!!

    Comment by JAson S – July 21, 2011 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James Garner would be a fab Charlie and Bill Cosby for Bosley’s character!

    Comment by shellonwheels – July 21, 2011 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Sam Elliot or Tom Selleck? My Fiance says Alfred Molina….I think my fiance hit his head. Or for a throw back choice, how about Barry Bostwick or Bruce Boxleitner?

    Comment by Kerry Hollington – July 21, 2011 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scheduling conflicts?! That’s ridiculous. He could record a whole season’s worth of voiceovers in a day. He was perfect and, as silly as it sounds, his voice was the major reason I was going to tune in.I don’t care who replaces him. The real reason has to be the sinking ship theory or maybe there’s still some bad blood from his Charlie’s Angel movie lawsuit.

    Comment by Doozerbabe – July 21, 2011 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My vote would be Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Pierce Brosnan, They have the voice you would know and it seems warm and respective
    unless you are Camille er never mind

    Comment by Tim – July 21, 2011 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • William Devane, Kate Jackson, or Jaclyn Smith

    Comment by David – July 21, 2011 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Charlie Sheen

    Comment by Baw – July 21, 2011 11:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Weatherly would be an outstanding Charlie!

    Comment by Dan – July 22, 2011 01:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • David James Elliot.
    Richard Dean Anderson.

    Comment by Jerri – July 22, 2011 01:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Martin Sheen?

    Comment by Scoot – July 22, 2011 01:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Eric Roberts distinctive voice would work well

    Comment by Gavzee – July 22, 2011 04:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GREGORY ITZIN. Going from President CHARLES LOGAN to CHARLIE TOWNSEND. :)

    Comment by Kevin – July 22, 2011 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Samual L. Jackson

    Comment by Kerry – July 22, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I

    Comment by JEREMY – July 22, 2011 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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