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Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters | The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife, The Good Wife (Season 4), The Good Wife

Good Luck, Good Wife: 13 TV Shows That Survived Killing off Major Characters

Originally posted 03/24/2014 12:00PM

Killing off a main character in a television show is a risky move: You're upending the show's world (and putting a coworker out of a job) in the hope that the shake-up will lead to something greater down the line. And guess what? Despite the ministrations of fans, who claim that they will never watch their favorite show without [insert character name here], it often works!

Below, 13 shows that did the same thing The Good Wife did Sunday night, and not only survived, but thrived.

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What Happens When South Park Misses Its Deadline?

South Park Misses First Deadline in 16 Years Due to Power Outage, Forced to Air Rerun

Originally posted 10/17/2013 01:15PM

Sixteen years of doing everything at the last minute finally caught up with the South Park guys this week.

To stay current, Trey Parker and Matt Stone famously wait until six days before each new show to begin working on it. But that tight deadline turned into an impossible one this week, as work ground to a halt during a three-hour power outage Tuesday at South Park Studios in Los Angeles.

For the first time since it premiered in 1997, the show missed its deadline and was forced to air a rerun Wednesday night.

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Tonys Love Mormon But Snub Radcliffe

Tonys Love Mormon But Snub Daniel Radcliffe

Originally posted 05/03/2011 09:25AM

One of the most star-heavy Broadway seasons in recent memory has not resulted in a big-name lineup in nominations for this year's 65th annual Tony Awards, celebrating the best of the bright White Way.

Besides a snubbed Robin Williams in the drama Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Chris Rock in The Motherf----- in the Hat, Jim Belushi in Born Yesterday and Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – though his costar John Larroquette and the show itself were nominated – also overlooked was the entire cast (as well as the revival itself) of the drama That Championship Season: Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.

Clearly, the show to beat is the comedic musical The Book of Mormon, from the South Park duo of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It received 14 nominations, only one nod shy of the record 15 nominations that went to Mel Brooks's 2001 The Producers.

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Skewered Chef Killed Off on South Park | Isaac Hayes

Skewered Chef Killed Off on South Park

Originally posted 03/23/2006 07:55AM

Isaac Hayes showed up on Wednesday's 10th season premiere of South Park after all, with the voicetrack for his character Chef assembled from the soul singer's past episodes.

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Chef Back in South Park, Minus Hayes | Isaac Hayes

Chef Back in South Park, Minus Hayes

Originally posted 03/21/2006 04:00PM

When Comedy Central's South Park serves up its tenth-season premiere Wednesday night, expect a heaping plate of trouble.

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Isaac Hayes Quits South Park | Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes Quits South Park

Originally posted 03/14/2006 08:00AM

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Scientologists have been raked over the comic coals of Comedy Central's South Park, and Isaac Hayes, who voices the character Chef, says he won't stand for it anymore.

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