Throughout many modern-day television series, some of the characters written into production arenâ€™t always going to make the showâ€™s conclusion. While some actors may simply want to move on in their search for a new challenge, their characterâ€™s legacy will live long in the memory. We’ve even seen characters change actors, although that tends to happen to particular types of TV shows almost exclusively.
At the very heart of the success of seriesÂ such as Degrassi Junior High, Heartland and Murdoch MysteriesÂ are entertaining and relatable characters. As a result of that fact, weâ€™re going to look at some of the most popular characters who have disappeared from Canadian television shows.
Mallory Wells Â
Back in October 2007, Heartland, a Canadian family drama series aired for the very first time on CBC. Renewed for its 13th season in May of this year, the show has been the home to several iconic characters that have continued to capture the hearts of viewers. Following the showâ€™s debut, we saw young Mallory Wellsâ€™ journey from season one right the way through to season ten.
After being heavily involved in the show for the first six seasons, Mallory eventually disappeared in season seven as she left for Paris with her at-the-fiancÃ©, Jake, who was the young cowboy that she had fallen for. While Mallory would spend a few seasons away from Heartland, she would return as a 21-year-old woman in Season 10 where she and Jake would get married before later disappearing once more for the following two series.
Dr. Emily Grace
Murdoch Mysteries is another immersive television show that peaked the interests of Canadian viewers, as well as many fans abroad. The drama is centred around the character of William Murdoch, who, to this day, still seeks to solve the cityâ€™s most gruesome crimes. However, it would be Dr. Emily Grace who would eventually disappear from the show.
After being introduced as the second female lead in 2005, the character of Dr. Emily Grace went through on a roller coaster journey before choosing to leave as the cityâ€™s coroner in Season 9. After George Crabtree, Dr. Emilyâ€™s love interest, is arrested for the murder of Ednaâ€™s husband in season eight, and Emily becomes involved in womenâ€™s rights, she opts to disappear to London in the following series and is subject to an emotional good-bye with George before leaving the train station.
Much like Mallory Wells in Heartland, Stephanie Kayeâ€™s disappearance from Degrassi Junior HighÂ occurred for all the right reasons. Stephanie, who was elected as the class president, attended Degrassi Junior High for two years before eventually moving to a private school when her mum won the lottery in Season 3 of the show.
While being fortunate enough to win the jackpot was rare back in 1986 when Stephanie was attending Degrassi Junior High, modern-day services offer a better chance of success. As platforms such as Lottoland offer lottery betting, online games, and scratchcards, private education may be something that can be enjoyed by people other than just Stephanie.
Iconic Characters Have Moved On
Ultimately, although they may be loved by the masses, some of our favorite television characters inevitably must go their own way. Whether itâ€™s as a result of marriage, a politically driven journey, or maybe even because of a big jackpot win on the lottery, many iconic Canadian television characters have moved on.
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Others I can think of:
Sarah Stanley from Road to Avonlea
Eric from North from 60
Terri, Hazel and Sean from Degrassi: TNG
Aunt Elizabeth from Emily of New Moon
Georgina Reilly who played Dr. Emily Grace left the show to be with her husband in California. He was the geeky guy from Republic of Doyle. The door was left open for her return, but after all this time, I don’t see that happening
Georgina Reilly also was a guest star on Heartland on two episodes at the end of Heartland Season 7.
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