Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Coy and Vance Duke!!!
Could it really have been that long ago? Two country cousins at the dawn of the Reagan era, roaming the faux-Georgia countryside in a muscle car dubbed the General Lee, their shirts half-buttoned and the wind whipping through their blonde and brunette hair.
Indeed, for a time, Coy and Vance Duke ruled the world.
Oh...you were expecting someone else?
The legend of Coy and Vance — the Duke "cousins" brought in to replace Tom Wopat and John Schneider when the original Duke duo pressed producers for bigger paydays before the series' fifth season — has become one of the most noteworthy "switcheroos" in Hollywood history.
Producers, convinced the car was the real star of the show, sent Bo and Luke onto the NASCAR circuit and brought in Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer — survivors of an "American Idol"-worthy casting call of thousands — to fill the original Dukes' shoes… and car… and clothing.
The gravy train lasted 18 episodes, until Wopat and Schneider settled up and Coy and Vance were hurriedly rushed off to tend to a — ahem — "sick relative," never to return.