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Nine Characters Who Deserve More Screen Time

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 30th 2011 1:00PM
Nine Characters Who Need More Screen TimeSometimes, there just isn't enough time in an episode for all of our favorite characters to get a moment in the sun.

On almost every show there's an unsung hero, always supporting the main players, only getting thrown a bone every now and then. Depending on the show, some characters are just given the shaft season after season. If we were calling the shots, these characters would come front and center (at least for a multi-episode arc!) and have their moment in the sun.

From characters who deal with the undead to a blue-haired cartoon boy, we want to see more of these characters on screen ASAP.


DonnaDonna, 'Parks & Recreation'
Retta's cool, confident and sultry Donna has been sequestered to background shots at her desk for far too long. Viewers know she's a maneater, let's see her in action! Whether she's downing two shots at a time or sassily spouting advice, she's a scene-stealer and needs more scenes to steal. Plus, she has a Mercedes.

The Vampire DiariesCaroline, 'The Vampire Diaries'
Let's hear it for Candice Accola. She, along with the writers, have transformed Caroline into one of our favorite 'Vampire Diaries' characters. It's a wonder what being undead does to you. More Caroline equals happy viewers.

Diane, The Good WifeDiane Lockhart, 'The Good Wife'
Christine Baranski needs an Emmy for her work on this season of 'The Good Wife.' When her character, Diane Lockhart, gets some screen time, well, she steals the show. From those devious knowing smirks to a delightful roll of the eyes, Diane is a wildly entertaining character. But, once her "I'm leaving the firm" story wrapped, she's had very little time to shine. Season 2 has been Kalinda's year, let's make season 3 Diane's time to shine.

MilhouseMilhouse Van Houten, 'The Simpsons'
To say Milhouse is lovable ... well, that's to each their own, but the little four-eyed bushy-browed character has been such a mainstay highlight of the series. We wouldn't mind seeing him get another spotlight episode here or there. After all, isn't it about time "Everything's coming up Milhouse!" rang true?

The Walking Dead, Laurie HoldenAndrea, 'The Walking Dead'
Now that the series has gotten the big Amy death out of the way, it's time for Andrea to become the kick-butt woman she is in the comic book series. The show isn't following everything the Image comic does, but there's no reason Andrea can't be the no-nonsense sharpshooter she is in the books. She's done grieving, it's time the spotlight shifted away from the Rick/Lori/Shane love triangle and Laurie Holden got time to really develop her Andrea character.

Law & Order: SVUSgt. John Munch & Det. Fin Tutuola, 'Law & Order: SVU'
A show with such dark subject matter -- sex crimes, stuff with children, etc. -- needs a little comic relief and that's where Richard Belzer's Munch comes in. We know the majority of the show is about Benson and Stabler, but Munch and Fin are just as great together. Belzer and Ice-T have such great chemistry on the series.

Jeri RyanDr. Kate Murphey, 'Body of Proof'
You don't cast a TV powerhouse such as Jeri Ryan and not give her enough to do. We want to see Dr. Kate Murphey out of the office a little more, getting into the thick of it. Jeri Ryan loves the blood and guts stuff, give her more!

Jenna, 30 RockJenna Maroney, '30 Rock'
Fewer things on '30 Rock' are funnier than Jane Krakowski's Jenna Maroney. Her classic over the top antics always produce a literal LOL, but she's a tad underused. Yes, many of you may be thinking she's on it more than enough, but what episode isn't made better by some absurd Jenna story? Can't think of one, right? It's about time we saw 'Urban Fervor' go into production.




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Solly

Elizabeth in White Collar - Tiffani Thiesen is far too good an actress to be wasted being super sweet all the time. The way the character is written now Tiff can do with her eyes closed and one arm tied behind her back. She needs more meet.
And Mercedes in Glee, merely because yes, she's a showstopping singer but she has to be more than that. We know nothing about her home life or what she wants to be when she grows up. Hopefully now she and Sam are dating there might be a bit more substance to her character.
Big Mike needs to come back to the fore in Chuck. In the first series when it was our BuyMore against the Beverly Hills BuyMore and him secretly bedding Harry Tang's wife were some of the funniest. Now he seems to have virtually disappeared.

July 13 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mlavin9898

Amber Tamblyn in House.

May 12 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mlavin9898

Amber Tamblyn in House.

May 12 2011 at 5:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
borntothebreed7

Absolutely agree that Christine Baranski needs more screen time -- but can you blame the producers? She is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, talent-wise, and the rest of the cast aren't slouches. The show wouldn't work if they let her steal the show EVERY week.

I've been feeling that Xander Berkeley is criminally underused on NIKITA. He is a fantastic actor. The same for Jasika Nicole on FRINGE -- she's the best thing about that show, and we sometimes barely see her at all.

I would also like to see more screen time for Brendan Hines on LIE TO ME, but that's just because I think he's so HOT...

May 11 2011 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anonymous

Eames of L&O: CI!!!
she gets a decent amount of screen time, but deserves MORE! such a compelling character and actress.

May 10 2011 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maverick

I'd say Caroline AND Bonnie BOTH need more airtime. They can be out trying to discover what else goes bump in the night on Vampire Diaries. I totally agree about Fin and Munch. They are funny as hell.

May 09 2011 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Randall

i thought he went down in a sword fish boat ,just cant believe every thing you see can ya.

May 07 2011 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
passionpecan

Richar Belzer a.k.a John Munch definitely needs his own show. The man has practically been in the background for way to many years and he is such a talented actor. This past season I ask, where is Munch? He has disappeared from SVU. Munch and Fin (Ice-T) work so well together-there should be a CSI: NEW YORK with these two as the lead characters.

May 07 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lily

Definitely Michaela Conlin (Angela) on Bones, she is the prettiest, most amazing actress and character I have ever seen! Also more of Teddy Altman on Grey's Anatomy wouls be amazing too!

May 06 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cherisx

Nate Westen on Burn Notice.

May 06 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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