Here's hoping fourth time's the charm for Tim Daly
Poor Tim Daly. Ever since Wings ended back in 1997 he hasn't had much luck in the television world. Sure, he's had a number of successful guest appearances, and he did have a good run as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman on the WB's Superman: The Animated Series, but those don't really count. Where his luck has been failing is on series where he has had a leading role.
It's not like the shows themselves were bad. Quite the contrary, all three shows that Daly starred in were decent critical successes. In addition, Tim himself was credited by professional and fan alike as having a strong performance in all these shows. The problem was either the fan base wasn't strong enough to keep the shows on the air or the networks just decided they had a more successful show to fill the spot.
It began with CBS's remake of The Fugitive back in 2000. Daly starred as Dr. Richard Kimble, so he was on-screen most of the time. The show lasted for a full season but was not renewed for the 2001-2002 season. Next was ABC's Eyes back in 2005, which showed a different side of Tim Daly and his acting ability. While it was a critical and fan favorite the show only lasted eight episodes.
Last year, with the premiere of ABC's The Nine, many people finally thought Tim was going to get back into television's good graces. Before the first episode even aired critics were hailing this series as a full-blown success. Fans were on-board as well and tuned in when the first episode aired in October. Unfortunately, the serial drama premiered in the midst of a season of serial dramas, and couldn't complete in the ratings. By the end of November The Nine was removed from the schedule (although the last episodes are airing this month).
The tide may be finally turning, though, with the pick-up of Private Practice. In this spin-off of Grey's Anatomy Daly plays Dr. Pete Finch and seems to be a much more light-hearted character than the last three he has played. I would hope so since this show is more a dramedy while his previous three shows have leaned much more towards drama. Perhaps a turn back to comedy is where Daly needs to go.
So, here's hoping fourth times the charm for Tim Daly. Now, if we could only get Steven Weber onto a successful show. Then we'd be set!