One of the things that the internet is great for is completely great ideas that will likely never happen. Earlier today, Twitterers @kcklo63 and @bullevard73 were discussing recasting the classic sitcom Cheers, but instead of it being based in Boston, moving to Chicago. The idea originated as a part of The Sports Guy Bill Simmons’ podcast and we added the hashtag #cheersreboot to try and get it to trend on Twitter. The premise of the discussion was that Simmons and his guest wanted to spend a ton of money to bring in Vince Vaughn to be Sam Malone, the bar owner originally portrayed by Ted Danson and Rosie Perez as Carla (originally played by Rhea Perlman, Mrs. Danny DeVito).
My casting ideas:
Jerry O’Connell as Sam Malone
I know he’s cheesy. But I truly believe that when he has good writing, he’s funny. He’s charismatic and good-looking and audiences would totally buy him as a former athlete. Vince Vaughn would be an impossible get for TV. I think you could get O’Connell and surround him with funny people and good writers and the show would be good. Plus, he was really funny on Carpoolers, even though it got cancelled.
Alternatives: John Krasinski, Joshua Jackson
Jayma Mays as Diane Chambers
There are probably better alternatives, but Mays is fresh in my mind after seeing her in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, I think that she will do. For some reason, I thought she was on Saturday Night Live too, but I guess that was someone else.
Alternative: Elizabeth Banks
Maggie Wheeler as Rebecca Howe
Think Janice from Friends, without the voice. Maggie Wheeler is a great actress and she’s hilarious. Honestly, Rebecca was brought in later when Shelley Long left the show to give Sam a love interest. Maybe she’s a part of the show from the get go.
Alternative: Carla Gugino
Wanda Sykes as Carla Tortelli
Maybe Tortelli isn’t the right last name, although it would be funny if she were married to a Tortelli. Sykes is the perfect balance of self-deprecating and vicious. I would love to see her as the sharp-witted waitress.
Alternative: Rosie Perez
Zach Galifianakis as Woody Boyd
I’m a huge fanboy of Galifianakis since I saw him in The Hangover. He is so hilarious and I wanted to find a place for him somewhere. I think the dimwitted bartender Woody would be a terrific place for him to be some supporting funny.
Alternative: Matthew McConaughey
Craig Robinson as Norm Peterson
I can’t take credit for this one. @kcklo63 came up with this one and I think it’s genius. I love Daryl From The Warehouse. He would be great as Norm. Just an awesome call.
Alternative: Greg Grunberg
David Koechner as Cliff Clavin
Probably best known for his work as Champ Kind in Anchorman or as Todd Packer on The Office, Koechner brings a very specific brand of comedy and would be so funny as mailman Clavin.
Alternative: That guy who played Newman on Seinfeld
John “PC” Hodgman as Frasier Crane
I also can’t take credit for this one, although I wish I could. Hodgman’s delivery and timing are so great. I would love to see him in a regular role, although that might bring down his hipster street cred.
Alternative: Merlin Mann
Rachael Harris as Lilith Sternin
This is really my crowning jewel. I can’t think of anyone more perfect to play a refreshed version of Frasier’s uptight ex-wife. Rachael Harris may not be a name you are familiar with, but if you’ve seen her in anything, I bet you thought she was funny. She made the nearly unwatchable show Notes from the Underbelly totally funny.
So what do you think?