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Five stars who made a terrible mistake

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 31st 2008 11:01AM

Det. John KellyTelevision has a long standing tradition of making its stars feel more popular than they really are. As somebody who used to be on TV, five nights a a week, I know what that feeling is like. Generally when that person leaves television, they go on to do movies or change professions and they often become even more popular. However, there is always that TV celebrity who overestimates how much people want to see them and when they leave their hit TV show, it ends up being the biggest mistake of their career.

David Caruso
Before Caruso became the star of the weakest part of the CSI franchise, he was the star of NYPD Blue. After playing numerous bit parts on TV and in film, he finally hit the big time. The critics and the public both agreed that he was a breath of fresh air in what had become a stale world of TV dramas. He was sexy and tough, just like his show and he fit in perfectly with his supporting characters. Then suddenly, Caruso decided he was too talented for the small screen and bailed on the show. His much talked-about departure allowed him to make unwatchable films like Jade and the remake of Kiss of Death that nobody asked for. Luckily, the ginger-haired tough guy was able to revive his career, but one can't help but wonder how different things would have been had he continued to be Detective John Kelly.

David HartmanDavid Hartman
Most of you probably don't remember David Hartman but a quick Google search will reveal that he played a number of roles on TV and in movies. However, his career reached its peak when he was chosen as the host of a new AM news program called Good Morning America. With his affable style and natural charm he was the perfect choice to interview newsmakers and introduce the news. In fact, at one point, David Hartman was the highest-paid man on television. It would seem, however, that fame and riches were not Hartman's cup of tea. I really hope that he invested wisely because Hartman has been more or less MIA since he left the show.

Shelly Long
What can be said about Ms. Long's ill-advised decision to leave one of the highest-rated shows on TV to do films like Camp Beverly Hills and Irreconcilable Differences that hasn't already been said? The only mistake she hasn't made is trying to return to television in a serious role. Would it even be humanly possible to take her seriously after seeing The Money Pit?

The cast of Hello Larry (including Meadowlark Lemon)McLean Stevenson
Most fans of classic television only remember McLean as Henry Blake on M*A*S*H. What few people know is that he left what would become one the most popular TV shows in history because CBS offered him a chance to star in his own show. He then succeeded in starring in a string of failures in between making appearances on various game shows. In fact, his sitcom Hello Larry is often referenced as one of the worst TV shows ever produced. The ultimate insult came right before his death when he was cast as Baby's father in the TV version of Dirty Dancing.

Suzanne Somers
Most people are well aware of what happened to Suzanne Somers when she overestimated her own personal worth to the success of Three's Company. The mistakes made by her and her husband/manager are legendary. Amazingly, Somers was able to rise above her embarrassing appearances on talk shows where she sang and read poetry to star in another successful sitcom. I suppose we should consider ourselves lucky that she never decided to star in a string of terrible movies.

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Hello Larry was spun off of difrent strokes on N B C not CBS

June 05 2011 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Caruso is the worst "successful" actor I have ever seen. His overacting gives me the creeps. CSI Miami has a decent cast, good story lines, beautiful scenery and alot of hot chicks. They feature Caruso way too much. He takes away from everything else. In spite of all the good aspects of the show, he makes it unwatchable. I hope he leaves this one too so I can start watching again. Oh well....at least I still got Criminal Minds and Without a Trace.

April 07 2008 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to disagree with you. I think David Caruso is AWFUL. He can't act worth a damn, he is FUGLY, and he is an a$$hole on the show. I think they should kill him off, and put someone in who actually knows how to act and has a personality.

Caruso has one pose: stand sideways, hands on hips, talk in a monotone voice, and he really doesn't DO much of anything. I think a lot of the cast is very good, and a new lead man would really make the show enjoyable to watch. I can't stand to watch it now.

April 04 2008 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Must be that everybody here is too young to remember the originator of this category... Pernell Roberts when he left after the first few years of Bonanza to do "serious acting". For the result, just count the number of years before he returned to TV in Trapper John.

Bob L

April 02 2008 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
louis pachete

just when i'm about to give up on csi miami carous dose miami justice to give me some hope

April 02 2008 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only thing good about CSI: Miami is that I can easily picture Emily Procters boobies when she is onscreen. If only Khandi Alexander and Eva LaRue would do a nude scene...sigh.

April 01 2008 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lindsay Lohan naked in scandalous video:

April 01 2008 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Conversely, everyone thought George Clooney was nuts when he left the show, and look how that turned out!

Well Clooney has at least some acting talent and knows how to pick great script . Caruso hasn't both. And Clooney is looking way better than freckled David Caruso

April 01 2008 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I guess time will tell if Jorja Fox made a mistake in leaving "CSI"....

April 01 2008 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The person posting as "Vixen" has been identified as Gabriele Huber, David Caruso's indicted Austrian stalker. Denied entry into the US by our State Dept. after she was arrested for threatening to murder Caruso and his companion, Huber wages an Internet war against the actor from her laptop in Austria. She has also posted pornographic comments about Caruso's 2 year old toddler.

She plants rumors and fabrications on any and every site that mentions the words "david caruso." For more info on this dangerous woman, see


March 31 2008 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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