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10 Stars With Bad TV Luck

Date July 08, 2011
10 Stars With Bad TV Luck Actors 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...

10 Stars With Bad TV Luck Actors 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

Norm MacdonaldNorm Macdonald
Norm is a funny, likeable guy. His dry deadpan delivery fit great on 'SNL,' where he hosted Weekend Update for four seasons, but his solo projects keep getting canceled. 'Back to Norm' didn't make it past the pilot, and this year's 'Sports Show With Norm Macdonald' was canceled after its first season, despite clocking nearly 1 million viewers per episode. Until something better comes along, he'll be in exile providing color commentary for 'High Stakes Poker' on the Game Show Network. -- Alex Moaba

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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