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Six Stars That Should Have TV Shows Again

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 10th 2010 2:00PM
MancusoThere are so many channels now, and so many celebrities. It seems like everyone will get a TV show at some point. But there are still some TV stars that no longer have TV shows but really should. For example, someone like Tom Selleck should have a weekly series again, and luckily he is going to return to TV in a new show on CBS.

If not for that recent announcement, Selleck would have been number one on the list that follows after the jump: five stars I'd like to see on a regular TV series again.

1. Nick Mancuso. Mancuso starred in one of my favorite TV shows, 'Stingray,' and he has had a rather interesting career since then. He's been in a couple of TV shows and a slew of movies (including the 'Under Seige' films), but these days it seems like he's very content focusing on his artwork, his writing (check out his blog), and doing the occasional role in a movie.

He probably doesn't want to confine himself to one role on a TV show, but couldn't you picture him as the patriarch in a large family on a nighttime show or as the head of a corporation or an evil genius on a show like 'Lost' or 'Fringe?' It would be great to see him every week again.

Sedaris2. Amy Sedaris. You know that old line "I'd watch _________ even if she just sat there and read the phone book?" I'd watch Amy Sedaris even if she just sat there and read the phone book. She was great on 'Strangers with Candy,' and we all love her appearances on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and other shows (she just did a guest part on 'The Middle'), but she needs her own show. A talk show might be good or even some sort of cooking/entertaining show would be even better. A Martha Stewart from another dimension.

If she were to do a sitcom again I think it would be clever to actually cast her as the straight woman mom in a sitcom. A smartly written comedy where she would be the voice of reason, surrounded by a crazy family and crazy friends. That would be funny.

Riptide3. Joe Penny and Perry King. I'm baffled as to why the two 'Riptide' stars don't have their own shows. Sure, they've done shows since then. King was in the short-lived soap 'Titans' and some episodes of 'Big Love' and Penny was in 'Jake & The Fatman' and now has a role in those Hallmark mystery movies with Lea Thompson, but these guys should have lead roles in a weekly series.

And while we're at it, let's do that 'Riptide' reunion movie with Thom Bray, OK?

Cavett4. Dick Cavett. Cavett would stand out today in a TV landscape filled with talk shows and reality shows. He was sort of like 'Charlie Rose': he had a good mix of writers and directors and political figures along with celebrities on his talk show and he interviewed them with intelligence, humor, and calmness. He was on Jimmy Fallon's show a couple of months ago (they even recreated Cavett's old set), and it made me think "wow, I'd like to see him on TV again."

He keeps a blog at The New York Times.

Carol Burnett5. Carol Burnett. The other day Allison gave her list for five shows that are like 'The Carol Burnett Show,' but the list just made me want to watch Carol & gang even more. She's a funny lady, and recent appearances on 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Law & Order: SVU' reminded us that she can do other things too. If she can't have her own variety show again (who knows if that would even fly in today's world, though she has a better shot at success than Rosie O'Donnell), she could at least have a supporting role in a sitcom or drama.

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Peter Iacangelo

I agree! And NIck you would need a good side kick.... I'm available! NIce piece Nicko!

February 16 2012 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

I'm also a big Mancuso/Stingray fan & I'd love to see Dick Cavett & Carol Burnett back on TV regularly. I'd also like to see Tom Selleck with a series again,a western would be perfect!

April 12 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
izikavazo

Amy Sedaris would be awesome, but she would have to be totally in charge of the show, and I don't think anyone would trust her with her own show.

April 11 2010 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

I would add Lindsay Wagner to that list.

April 11 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Keenan

Vincent D'Onofrio

April 11 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

Oh, so many actors to choose from...

I'd say Stargate Atlantis' Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett are very worthy. As is Stargate SG1's Christopher Judge.

Also Bruce Boxleitner. He's always a joy to watch.

April 11 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
treqie

Dominic Purcell!

April 11 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alan

Ted McGinley, baby! LOL

April 11 2010 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ginette

Dear Friend,

You have right Joe Penny should have a new show !!!

He is a Wondeful man and a Fantastic Actor !!!

I know Him since Riptide and since I love Him in all his roles !!! God Bless You and Him !!! Ginette

April 11 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack_Kay

Three words:

Sarah. Michelle. Gellar.

April 11 2010 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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