'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'NCIS' & More Shows That Dropped Characters After the Pilot

Meredith Jacobs
TV Characters Dropped After Pilot
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What you see in a TV show's first episode (whether it's the premiere or a backdoor pilot in the case of spinoffs) isn't always what you get for the rest of the series.

The casts of several of the most popular shows looked quite different when they were first introduced; all three NCISes lost characters from their backdoor pilots to their series' pickups. Brooklyn Nine-Nine had a third less-than-useful member of the squad.

Scroll down for these and more characters that were dropped after pilots. (New Girl's Coach, played by Damon Wayans Jr., left after the pilot but would go on to return, including in a series regular capacity.)