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8 Stars Fleeing From Cancelled Shows: We Suggest New Gigs

by Jane Murphy, posted Nov 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Recent TV cancellations have left some actors -- up-and-comers and established stars -- stranded. But there's no reason why these actors should be out of work.

Primetime shows just need to follow the lead of the still-breathing soap operas, whose casting directors are picking up actors from canceled shows (Maura West moved from 'As the World Turns' to 'The Young and the Restless'; Kim Zimmer jumped on 'One Life to Live' from 'Guiding Light,' etc.)

So let's take our favorite actors from primetime shows we've lost and plug them into current hits.

Maura Tierney. Despite TV Squad's best efforts, 'The Whole Truth', starring Tierney, was canceled last month. Let's get Tierney back on the air and pronto! For the 'Charlie's Angels' 2011 reboot, who says Charlie has to be a guy? The smoky-voiced Tierney would be perfect sending the Angels out on their adventures.

Eric Stoltz. Pale and soft-spoken, fate has not been kind to Stoltz recently. First, the premiere of the 'Back to the Future' 25th anniversary DVD revealed long-lost footage of Stoltz as Marty McFly (he was dismissed in favor of Michael J. Fox weeks into the shoot). That was followed by the sudden termination of his 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica.' Well, we have just the place for an actor in shock – the post-apocalypse Bible Belt. A dazed Stoltz would work wonderfully on AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' Watch 'False Labor,' the last-aired episode of 'Caprica', below.


Jimmy Smits. The enduring TV star was cast out by NBC when 'Outlaw' was canceled last month. We suggest he team with Elizabeth Mitchell's Erica in containing the intergalactic reptiles on 'V.' The Resistance could use Bail Organa's experience in space diplomacy. A bit of trivia -- a co-executive producer of 'Outlaw' was another ex-NBC employee, Conan O'Brien.


Rhona Mitra. A co-star of 'The Gates', ABC's brief attempt at the supernatural, Mitra has consistently been cast as mysterious and sultry. But her resume includes Sacha Baron Cohen's outrageous Ali G movie. Over the top might finally put Mitra over: how about a quintessential 'She's Out of My League' girlfriend for Zach Galifianakis on 'Bored to Death'?


Hayley Hasselhoff. OK 'Huge' being canceled makes us hopping mad. Moving on, the talented Haselhoff's curvy beauty and silent movie star face would fit right in on 'Boardwalk Empire'.


Jamie KingJamie King: The 'My Generation' star and former runway model is looking for the same small-screen luck that has graced Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. But King doesn't have to go reality. Wouldn't Serena's storyline on 'Gossip Girl' benefit from a long-lost older sister?


Linus roacheLinus Roache. Not known for comedy (films like 'Priest' and 'Wings of the Dove' were NOT laugh riots), we'd still like to see the 'Law & Order' star bouncing back as another "How Can This Go Wrong?" boyfriend for Liz Lemon on '30 Rock'


Jon Voight. Not that anyone has to worry if the Oscar-winning patriarch of the hyped-but ratings -hampered 'Lone Star' will work again, but we'd love to see his scary glower somewhere on 'Raising Hope' (as if that family doesn't have enough problems). Here's a glimpse of Voight's work on 'Lone Star'.



Any more suggestions for your favorite actors from cancelled shows? We're all ears! Leave your comments below.

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NaomiL1

Bring back Lone Star. Give it another chance, it was a great show!

November 11 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonnie

You mean no more Sean Wing ???? Finally someone saw him for what he is...a great actor and drop dead gorgeous man and the dang show gets cancelled?

November 11 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kem

I cannot believe the list of actors you chose, are you kidding me!!!!! They are all plain and boring.

November 11 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jimall3

Why am I supposed to care about Maura Tierney? Her show was cancelled because people dont enjoy watching her. Why is this writer plugging her? Is the news now run by the agents?

November 11 2010 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeanne

Love the idea of Maura moving to The Event. Very Cool.

November 11 2010 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zoey

what about Daniella Alonso from My Generation - just when I was getting into it - hopefully she lands another role soon - really enjoy watching this new actress.

November 11 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dianaprince

Maybe if the Networks realize that people aren't just watching shows on TV anymore. I DVR EVERYTHING. And then catch some on Hulu and Netflix. They cannot go by the regular rating systems. AND they need to WAIT to cancel new shows. Geesh!! Give us all time to find it and get into it. None of this cancel in a month or two crap. Come On!!

November 11 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tomdonaghy

As creator of The Whole Truth, I'd like to thank everyone in AOL land for their support of the show. It's a huge disappointment to me and our crew that the show won't continue. We like making it, and like hanging out with each other. Look forward to our remaining episodes which feature the likes of Harold Perrineau, Mandy Patinkin and Ralph Macchio. Nice company.

November 11 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dianaprince

Can you take it to another network? Or Cable??? That show was good.

November 11 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MazieB

I loved the Whole Truth. I thought the cleaver way in which the "whole truth" came out at the end was unique as in one instance you got to see a baseball cap & knew who the real killer was, so sorry to see it canceled.

November 11 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hjhain

How about into retirement. the shows are cancelled, because viewers are sick of the same actors rotating from show to show...cancelled!

November 11 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lita

Removing quality programs like "The Whole Truth" and "Outlaw" (and a host of others over the past half dozen years or so) just highlights what a crapfest broadcast television has become. (Remember "Eli Stone" and "Pushing Daisies?") I can't recall the last time I viewed the upcoming TV season with any real anticipation.

November 11 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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