Actors who almost got the roles on your favorite TV shows

[post_page_title]Elisabeth Shue vs. Julianna Margulies[/post_page_title]

It’s hard to imagine watching reruns of The Good Wife without Julianna Margulies, but this was almost a reality when producers were casting for the part of Alicia Florrick. Elisabeth Shue was climbing her way up the Hollywood ladder after her roles in the hit movies Adventures in Babysitting and Leaving Las Vegas.

However, Julianna’s character in the show ER meant the producers swayed more towards the actress. Julianna’s roles in both shows have seen her become one of the highest paid TV actresses ever.

[post_page_title]Jim Parsons vs. Neil Patrick Harris[/post_page_title]

They say when one door closes another opens, which is precisely what happened to Jim Parsons when he was looking for his big TV break. The actor initially auditioned for a role in How I Met Your Mother where he wanted to play Barney Stinson.

However, when he was rejected, Jim tried his luck for the network’s new show two years later. Jim finally landed the break he’d been looking for as he was cast to play Sheldon Cooper. Both characters were huge successes for both actors.

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