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6 Guest Stars Who Deserve Their Own Show

by Chris O'Connell, posted Dec 8th 2009 3:13PM
Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks is at it again.

The television cameo all-star, fresh off her hilarious turn as the boozy best friend of gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on 'Modern Family', will make an appearance as Jack Donaghy's newest flame in a four-episode arc of '30 Rock' this season.

As a tribute to Banks -- who by now should have her own show based on past performances on other programs-- we count down six other high-profile cameo kings and queens of network television that should have shows of their own.
Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks is at it again.

The television cameo all-star, fresh off her hilarious turn as the boozy best friend of gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on 'Modern Family', will make an appearance as Jack Donaghy's newest flame in a four-episode arc of '30 Rock' this season.

As a tribute to Banks -- who by now should have her own show based on past performances on other programs-- we count down six other high-profile cameo kings and queens of network television that should have shows of their own.


Mary-Lynn Rajskub6. Mary-Lynn Rajskub
Rajskub technically has her own show, as the female lead on Fox's '24', but her turn as the insufferable Reynolds family cousin Gail the Snail on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' was so good that she actually could turn that character into a spinoff. Rajskub's killer deadpan delivery and channeling of annoying energy is virtuosic in this role, one that could expand easily into an 'It's Always Sunny' extension program.

Bradley Cooper5. Bradley Cooper
Banks's 'Wet Hot American Summer' costar showed off his comedy chops in last summer's 'The Hangover,' as well as making some notable appearances on shows like 'Nip/Tuck' and 'Law and Order: SVU' the past few years. Sure, Cooper had a television show of his own in the past, but unfortunately, he was saddled with the fictionalization of Anthony Bourdain's memoir 'Kitchen Confidential.' With a real show of his own, this guest star could shine one night a week in prime time.

Bruce Willis4. Bruce Willis
It's been 20 years since Willis's last steady television show, 'Moonlighting,' but a return to the small screen could be exactly what he needs. Ever since a memorable run as Rachel's gruff yet sensitive father on 'Friends' in a three-episode arc in 2000, Willis has only made a handful of television appearances, including one as a Playboy Mansion security guard on 'That 70s Show.' Do I hear a spin-off? Maybe not. But Willis is versatile enough an actor to take on his own show as the strong, comedic guy or just a plain old butt-kicker like Jack Bauer on '24.'

Fred Armisen3.
Fred Armisen
'SNL' member Fred Armisen can do it all. From foreign leaders to doctors to our own nation's leader, Armisen has played seemingly every character, albeit most of them in bit parts on comedy shows. After his pair of excellent cameos on Adult Swim's 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job,' Armisen stole an episode of 'Parks and Recreation' from Amy Poehler as an overconfident government representative from Venezuela. We'd like to see what Armisen could do in a starring role, especially with the versatility of Armisen's comedy chops.

Shelley Long2. Shelley Long
Does Shelley Long regret walking off the show 'Cheers' at the height of its popularity? Maybe, but we certainly wish it had ended differently. Since then, the former Diane Chambers has guest starred in a litany of popular shows, including 'Modern Family,' 'Boston Legal' and even a short reprisal of her role on 'Cheers' spin-off 'Frasier.' This might be a nostalgic pick, as Long hasn't seemed relevant in a while, but couldn't you see Long resurrecting her once-enormous career in a triumphant return to television? It doesn't even have to be 'Cheers'-related. We swear.

Will Arnett1.
Will Arnett
Arnett was a series regular on the excelled 'Arrested Development,' a show known for its notable cameos, but the comedian has made a plethora of guest-starring appearances over the last few years on shows like 'Delocated,' 'King of the Hill,' 'The Sopranos' and a memorable ongoing stint as the closeted gay nemesis of Jack Donaghy on '30 Rock.' Arnett was arguably the best character on 'Arrested Development,' starring as older-brother magician GOB, and would be an asset to any future television show looking for him to carry it as their star.

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