|I have never seen Randy, so I'm not sure if I'll hate him as much, but I agree they should have kept Charlie, just because Bret Harrison is awesome.|
I agree that I would have liked to have seen them keep Bret Harrison because he is a great actor to add to the show, however his character was awful. It was obvious that Charlie was being setup to be a "replacement Eric" for the show to center around, which just couldn't end well. I've seen this before! A cheesy setup to replace lovable but dorky everyman Eric with an even dorkier character who was the son of Red's old navy buddy (I guess they were afraid to make him Eric's cousin). Talk about lame! I was actually glad that he was dropped because that would have allowed them to simply not change the show (by that point it needed to be shaken up) and they probably would have simply kept the same tired formula only with Eric's name scribbled out and Charlie in the place of it. Harrison was a huge get for the show (he was chosen from the scrap heaps of another Carsey Werner sitcom, Grounded for Life) but he was just given a bad role and they should have not attempted to turn him into "replacement Eric" but instead just into another friend who joins the group. I actually think that Charlie probably would have been better as a polar opposite brother of Kelso but not as the center of the show. However all of this changed when Bret Harrison chose to do "The Loop" instead of joining the cast of season 8.