I was a little bit stunned to find out that this week is the fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcasts of ‘Bewitched’, the sitcom about a pretty young magic-user who gets so tired of her husband that she transforms him into another guy entirely three years into their marriage.  Having grown up watching the show, it’s easy to forget that it was nearly twenty years old when *I* first saw it, especially since it’s never really gone away.  Even now, people too young to have ever seen the show refer to changes in actors in context of the change from Dick York to Dick Sargent, an impressive achievement after five decades.  York’s exit (due to a severe back injury and painkiller addiction) does bring to mind another, more pointed line of thought, one which has led us to today’s emergency replacement query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always had this recurring dream in which The Twilight Zone was instead hosted by Wally Cox of ‘Underdog’ fame, asking: If you could recast any one TV or movie character as a “New Darrin”, who would you choose to replace and why?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Does it count if I say almost the entire cast of Power Rangers Megaforce/Super Megaforce except the pink ranger (and maybe yellow, but we gotta keep Christina Masterson because she’s so freakin’ yummy) with anyone that can at least act their way out of a paper bag?

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