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The It's a Paycheck Award: Call for considerations

by Debra McDuffee, posted May 21st 2008 11:20AM
TV Squad Awards logoWelcome to another installment of the TV Squad Awards, where you get to learn all about another category in our esteemed competition. The It's A Paycheck Award will go to the best movie actor slumming it on TV.

Sounds simple, right? If you think like I do, this one's got Rob Lowe written all over it. The 1980s had Rob Lowe starring in major box office hits: St. Elmo's Fire, Youngblood, About Last Night. One dirty movie scandal and the career is over until the big TV comeback with West Wing, and he's still slumming it today on Brothers and Sisters.

Speaking of Brothers and Sisters, Sally Field is another potential nominee for this award. Two Oscars and then off to TV Land?

Holly Hunter made the leap with Saving Grace this season, and how about Minnie Driver, whose stint on Will and Grace led to today's The Riches? These few examples only touch the tip of the iceberg of the actors fit for nomination in this category.

The only requirements to qualify as a nominee would be that the actor slummed it on TV during the 2007-2008 season. Who do you think would make a good nominee for The It's a Paycheck Award?

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hmmm...do I pick the best decision...Alec Baldwin...waaaay better on 30 Rock than almost any movie I've seen him in.
OR, the worst...then I would have to go with James Woods.

May 24 2008 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bill Paxton... Big Love

May 23 2008 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alec Baldwin

May 21 2008 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alec Baldwin, hands down

May 21 2008 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Doran

Does the name Donald Sutherland ring a bell? And while we're at it, Al Pacino's recent theatrical bomb 88 MINUTES sure looked like a busted Fox pilot to me.

May 21 2008 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Absolutely has to be Hugh Jackman. His "star" for film is still very, very high. Nobody else on the prime time TV schedule this past year commands the kind of box office attention that he does. Three X-Men movies, then the world-o-crap that was Viva Laughlin.

Alec Baldwin would be a close second if he had made a single decent movie in the last decade. Ditto for Glen Close and Holly Hunter.

John C. McGinley, while I love his films, has never been a headliner or household name, so it's definitely not him.

May 21 2008 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

- Edward James Olmos (BSG)
- Mary McDonnell (BSG)
- Sally Field (B&S)
- Glen Close (Damages)

Special Nominations to
- Hugh Jackman
- Melanie Griffins
for they memorable performance in viva laghing... LOL

May 21 2008 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Personally I think some of these people should get automatically disqualified for having previous TV star cred. For example, Charlie Sheen was on Spin City before 2 1/2 Dudes. Both Shatner & Field had their breaks in TV. Edward James Olmos the same.

I'm going to go with a tie between James Woods for Shark and Gary Sinise for CSI:NY. These shows are way below these guys' pay grade.

May 21 2008 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought I'd be the only one to remember Hugh Jackman in Viva Laughlin it was gone so quickly! Major slumming, because he was also producing and the material was so terrible.

Sorry, Hugh. I still love ya', baby!

May 21 2008 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Holly Hunter! and it's SAVING Grace not AMAZING Grace...

May 21 2008 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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