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Lt. Meg Austin -- Why'd she leave after 1 season?

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    Too-Much-TV

    [1]May 6, 2008
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    I was just wondering if anyone knew why the Meg Austin character left the show.
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    TaquaDeldrant

    [2]May 8, 2008
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    The show originally aired on NBC which cancelled it after only one season. CBS decided to pick it up but only after a considerable revamp. Tracey Needham's character fell victim to this.
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    xrobertwilsonx

    [3]May 8, 2008
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    Yeah the biggest mistake they ever made.
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    hapat

    [4]May 15, 2008
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    Yeah I lkie Mac, but Meg was better.
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    Ursa60

    [5]May 28, 2008
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    When NBC picked up the show they wanted a blonde to be paired with Harm instead of the brunette Kate, played by Andrea Parker. When CBS picked up the show, it was determined that Harm should have an equal instead of a subordinate to work with, hence the change from Meg to Mac.
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    ponic3

    [6]Jul 3, 2008
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    lol personally I didn't hate Meg, but I liked Mac more
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    wolf99000

    [7]Mar 18, 2010
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    It always surprised me that she never made a cameo later in the shows run she did appear in flash backs in season 3 I think but that was it would have been nice to see her again

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    sallenj

    [8]Mar 25, 2010
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    So, what kind of explanation did they give for her departure within the context of the show?

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    wolf99000

    [9]Apr 12, 2010
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    if I remember as I am just watching the whole shows run again but I am on season 9 now it was just mentioned by the admiral that she had been reassigned
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    Peggy_Porcupine

    [10]Sep 9, 2011
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    I agree with some of the previous writers: It would have been nice to have Meg back for cameo shots - Kate was a couple of times was she not? My friend Robert Wilson would say she should come back to stay - he's a HUGE Meg fan.....

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    JieshengLi

    [11]Oct 16, 2012
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    Indeed, she was so much better than artificial and fake sexy Mac. At least Kate Pike returned, though that episode was kind of a conclusion to her story and part of the silly Harm-Mac storyline

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    jankath

    [13]Jan 2, 2013
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    As George Bailey said in "It's a Wonderful Life," you people are thinking about this all wrong.
    Meg was one of the big reasons JAG didn't get renewed after the first year.
    Her Marilyn Monroe/Jackie Kennedy fake breathy voice was so irritating! This character was supposed to be an OFFICER and she carried no authority whatsoever. My husband and I were constantly mocking her breathy tone.Ick!
    They wrote Harm to be all flirty - (actually by today's standards they would be sexual harassment at most and workplace inappropriate at best) with her, and it just ruined the show. They had nowhere to go with that mess in the first year.
    Now, don't misunderstand. I really like Traci and I liked her on other shows- just they had her approach the Meg character completely wrong and she had to go and Harm had to change to get the show renewed, even on another network.
    I LOVE JAG. I HATE the way they ended it. It was so cold and unbelievable. It was as though they said to their audience, "Look, you've been damanding a Harm/Mac relationship for years. Fine - satisfied???"
    And no - we weren't.
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    wildbill1466

    [14]Jun 20, 2013
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    Can anybody tell me if there is a site any where that I can stream season 2 and later? I know cds are available. Thks

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    RaeAnCreitz

    [15]Feb 28, 2014
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    You can watch them on Amazon Video if you have Amazon Prime its free!
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