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10 Stars With Bad TV Luck

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 8th 2011 12:00PM
Joanna Garcia, Bret Harrison, Blair UnderwoodActors can work for years before they get their big break, going from project to project, floundering away on struggling sitcoms and concept-heavy dramas until their luck changes and -- blamo! -- they're on a successful show raking in six figures per episode.

These thespians aren't quite show-killers -- they just have bad luck!

From Bret Harrison to Joanna Garcia and so many more, we're saluting these bad luck stars. Somebody get them a four-leaf clover and a hit show -- stat!

Bret HarrisonBret Harrison
I got into a debate with someone recently because they categorized Bret Harrison as a "show killer." He's not, because his shows often have a slower crawl to their deaths -- I think it's more a case of bad TV luck than slow show killing. See: 'The Loop,' 'Reaper' and 'Breaking In,' which Fox might still try to eek one last gasp out of. Then there was his stint on the last season of 'V,' but, well, that was just asking for another big red "X" on his resume. -- Maggie Furlong

Paula MarshallPaula Marshall
I think it's impossible to get more bad luck than poor Paula has. Her shows barely last a season -- remember 'Snoops,' 'Cupid,' and 'Hidden Hills'? And when it looks like things are going well, like being cast in Rob Thomas's new Fox sitcom 'Little In Common,' well, luck isn't on her side. She's being recast. She's funny and entertaining to watch on-screen -- maybe the bad luck from 'The Weber Show' plot is still clinging to her. -- Chris Harnick




Blair UnderwoodBlair Underwood
Blair Underwood is many things. Smart, sexy, commanding, sexy, funny, dramatic ... did we mention sexy? The one thing he's most certainly not: Good at choosing TV projects. Sure he got a huge career break with 'L.A. Law' (which he was on from 1987-1994), but since then? Yikes. 'LAX,' 'Dirty Sexy Money' and 'The Event' are just the more recent of his TV flops. Isn't there someone in need of a hot new love interest in primetime? Please? -- MF


Joanna GarciaJoanna Garcia
She's gorgeous, talented and incredibly hilarious. So why hasn't she found the right project yet? Aside from her starring role on the long-running 'Reba,' Garcia hasn't been able to land a solid hit. Though she has starred on one-season wonders 'Privileged,' 'Freaks and Geeks' (she had an arc as Vicki Appleby) and the recently canceled 'Better With You,' she has yet to land a role as everlasting as teen mom Cheyenne. -- Jean Bentley

Paul BlackthornePaul Blackthorne
This Brit is easy on the eyes, but why is he usually in shows that I can't watch for long? 'Big Shots,' 'Lipstick Jungle,' 'The Gates' -- not exactly a roster of top-quality shows. Blackthorne's not to blame, however -- he's a good actor and an excellent guest star on everything from 'Warehouse 13' to 'Burn Notice' to 'Leverage.' Will the midseason drama 'The River' break the Blackthorne curse? Sadly, I tend to think not. Will somebody at USA or TNT please create a show that is tailored to his talents? A show would not be difficult to watch? Please? -- Maureen Ryan

Lindsay PriceLindsay Price
After successful runs on daytime and primetime soaps -- 'All My Children,' 'The Bold and the Beautiful,' 'Beverly Hills, 90210' -- Price's TV career took a path to more one-and-done series. Call it bad luck, if you will, but with 'Jack & Jill,' 'Coupling,' 'Pepper Dennis,' 'Lipstick Jungle,' 'Eastwick' and, most recently, NBC's dangling-by-a-thread 'Love Bites' all getting the axe early on, she's starting to look a little bit like a show killer-in-training. -- MF

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
We all know from our time with 'Friends' that Matthew Perry can be a funny guy. So it's sort of a mystery that he can't seem to score a role in a lasting show. 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' which aired from 2006 to 2007, was the classic show-within-a-show premise (think '30 Rock') -- that tanked. And then the promising 'Mr. Sunshine' seemed to be doing OK in the ratings this year, but that too was canned by ABC. Give this poor schmuck an ensemble comedy so he can get back into form! -- Chris Jancelewicz

Katee SackhoffKatee Sackhoff
If we were supposed to predict that a sexy, charming, charismatic woman would fail on almost every post-'Battlestar Galactica' TV show, we'd never guess. She's done fairly well with guest spots ('Big Bang Theory,' 'Robot Chicken,' 'Nip/Tuck'), but when it comes to leading roles ('Bionic Woman,' '24') she almost always falls flat. Our suggestion? Maybe give her a non-cop, non-detective, non-badass chick role; it might break her out of the mold and push her into a whole new realm. -- CJ

Kyle BornheimerKyle Bornheimer
After a series of memorable commercial spots and TV guest starring roles, Bornheimer got a big break with Fox's 'Worst Week.' Comically random and 100% charming thanks to his average guy demeanor, the show was swiftly canceled after one season ... followed by two more short-lived shows ('Romantically Challenged' with Alyssa Milano and NBC's 'Perfect Couples') and a pilot for this season that didn't get picked up ('The Council of Dads'). Can someone please give this guy a role that's right for him already? -- MF

Jason RitterJason Ritter
We like Jason, we really do, and we're thrilled he's coming back to 'Parenthood' next season. However, he's not been the luckiest when it comes to TV gigs -- just look at 'The Event' and 'The Class. Now that he's free from the shackles of 'The Event,' we have high hopes, especially because he's teaming with 'Friday Night Lights' executive producer Jason Katims for a new show. Hooray! -- CH

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madagascar

They totally missed Rena Sofer... she's a show killer. Even Ted McGinley laughs at her.

July 18 2011 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max Lacouture

You Forgot David Walton

July 18 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bigsix

The Event & The Class were great shows that were cancelled before given a chance yet crap shows like How I Met Your Mother stay on air. Mark Valley shows were great also, who ever is in charge of scheduling needs to get better info before hacking up the good shows and keeping crap on tv (can I say reality./game/talent shows)

July 18 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig Jauvtis

Katee Sackhoff was in BSG for four years and she was one of the leads and one of the most important character I hardly call that bad luck.

July 18 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kimmie

They said the bad luck was "post- BSG" , not for her entire career!!

July 18 2011 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig Jauvtis

Is this a joke? Kate was in BSG!

July 18 2011 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
soaprookie

I agree with Mojo about Paula Marshall...she has the talent...just not the luck when it comes to prime time shows. You forgot to mention "Out of Practice" among the list of shows her one season shows. Maybe someone needs to write a comedy about an actress whose career is all about prime time shows that only last one season...or barely two...and it can star Paula Marshall.

And I am a bit concerned for Summer Glau that soon she might be Paula Marshal the next generation. Talented...but unlucky.

July 18 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debra Thompson

What about Mark Valley. Gorgeous guy but can't seem to make a series last. He was killed on Fringe, Human Target disappeared and his british series was very short.
Someone give this guy a job!

July 18 2011 at 6:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debra Thompson

What about Mark Valley, he's gorgeous but can't seem to last in a series.He died on Fringe, the Human Target disappeared, and his series in England lasted a very short time.

July 18 2011 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ricgg1

that kardashian bunch needs to get a life and live off tv they are the most ridiculous people alive and show everything the lower class people can possiblily show (skid row)

July 17 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
killermike2178

What about William Shatner? Every TV show he's had a starring role on has been canceled. Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal, $#*! My Dad Says. He's been getting canceled for over 40 years running. And don't tell me Boston Legal doesn't count, because it technically had a series finale. Bull$#*!. According to David E. Kelley, it only had a series finale because ABC was threatening to cancel it. It was a short 13-episode season, that's a half-season, it was only the fourth-and-a-half season when it ended. Pretty abrupt time to have a series finale. It was ended under duress.

July 15 2011 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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