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    Default Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    Although I think she was good on the series, and despite her innocent little girl approach, I still wonder why she acquired such an important and visible role in the series as Dr. Keller. Any suggestions in this regard would be appreciated!

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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    Well,
    1. Because she’s a good actress.
    2. Because they had a slot to fill with Carson no longer being on the show.
    3. She was a popular name in the sci-fi community as the fandom from Firefly was at a fever pitch at the time.
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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    I would agree with P90 #2 reason. She exists for the doctor told after Carson died. And im leaving before the flamers come
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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    They also liked working with her in season 2 (she played the teenage Wraith Queen), and kept her in mind for opportunities to use her again.

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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    That's fine. But I think it detracted from the show to give her so many storylines and to feature her as the know all doctor. Especially when it had the effect of pushing Teyla to a secondary character in the last half of the fifth season. By that time Teyla is relegated to just asking questions.

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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    They didn't push Rachel Luttrell anywhere. She asked for reduced time on the show because she'd just had a baby.
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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    Quote Originally Posted by Davey View Post
    Although I think she was good on the series, and despite her innocent little girl approach, I still wonder why she acquired such an important and visible role in the series as Dr. Keller. Any suggestions in this regard would be appreciated!
    Because the producers really liked her and wanted her in the show.

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    Default Re: Why did Jewel Staite get promoted to such a major role?

    Yeah, Martin Gero in particular suggested her for the role of the new doctor, while the production in general had been looking for a way to use her again. After Atlantis ended Gero then hired her as a main cast member for his short lived "'The L.A. Complex" TV show.

    It happened a lot on the show. They'd hire someone for a small part, liked working with them, and then they'd try to find something else for them. This is one of only two times it landed the actor a main character role, but there aren't typically a lot of opportunities for one of those.

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