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14 Actors Our Televisions Love to Sleep With, But Don't Want to Marry For Some Reason

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | November 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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Alicia Silverstone: Cancelled or never picked-up series: Miss Match, The Singles Table, Queen B, Bad Mother’s Handbook, and Pink Collar.

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Christian SlaterBreaking In, My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten. Also cast in the forthcoming Mind Games, from Kyle Killen, who has had two cancelled series.

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David Walton: Cancelled series: The Loop, Heist, Perfect Couples, and Bent.

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Anne Heche — Cancelled series: Save Me, Blackout, Men in Trees, Hung and the unaired pilot, True.

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Andrea Anders: Cancelled series: Joey, The Class, Better Off Ted, and Mr. Sunshine. Unaired pilots: Spellbound and News to Me.

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Summer Glau — Cancelled series: Firefly, The Unit (recurring), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, The Cape, and The Alphas (recurring).

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Carla Gugino — Cancelled series: Karen Sisco, Threshold, Political Animals.

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John Cho — Cancelled Series: Go On, Flash Forward, The Men’s Room and KItchen Confidential.

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Judy Greer — Cancelled series: Glen Martin DDS, Mad Love, Miss Guided, Love Monkey,, Love and Money, and Maggie Winters.

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Amada Peet — Cancelled series: C.P.W., Partners, Jack and Jill, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Bent.

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Mark Valley — Cancelled series: Human Target, Swingtown,, Emily’s Reason’s Why Not, Keen Eddie, I’m with Her, Harry Green and Eugene, Pasadena, The Lone Gunmen, Brimstone, and LateLine.

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Paula Marshall — Cancelled series: Friends with Benefits, Gary Unmarried, Shark Out of Practice Hidden Hills, Ms. Match, The Weber Show, Snoops, Cupid, Chicago Sons,, The Single Guy, and Wild Oats.


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Lindsay Price — Cancelled series: Love Bites, Eastwick, Lipstick Jungle, Pepper Dennis, Kitchen Confidential, The Mountain, Coupling, Jack and Jill and Head over Heels.


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Mädchen Amick — Cancelled series: My Own Worst Enemy, Shark, Viva Laughlin, Kidnapped, Freddie, Joey, Jake in Progress, Queens Supreme and CPW.



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Comments Are Welcome, Douches Are Not


  • Andrew

    Her name's Mädchen? That's German for 'girl'. What did they name their dog?

    Dog?

  • Uriah_Creep

    "Hund", obviously.

  • Andrew

    Right. And let's name our moon 'Luna' and our sun 'Sol'.

  • e jerry powell

    I ♥ Swingtown. And Mark Valley was LOVELY. Especially that episode with the extra-special key party where I got EVERYONE'S keys.

  • Jeff Stiefer

    you cant put Judy Greer on the list and not mention Arrested Development or Archer!??!

    -jeffro

  • foolsage

    Both of those series are still running (or have a movie in the works), though AD was cancelled for a while.

  • oilybohunk7

    Judy Greer still has Archer.

  • Semilitterate

    The first season of Human Target was OK, after that not so much, but I don't think you can blame Mike Valley. I think it was the lousy plotlines.

  • zyzzyva

    Hoping Madchen Amick can break her streak with the Witches of East End. Soapy, yes, but I'm so enjoying it.

  • loo shag brolley

    She's easily the best thing about that show, and yeah that's not saying a lot, but she KILLS it every damn time. I've almost completely forgotten about Sherry Gilmore.

  • RilesSD

    To be fair, The Unit did have a good 4 season run. I am still mourning it though, so I guess I'll blame Glau.

  • The "some reason": Most of these shows were crap.

  • Rocabarra

    I think Judy Greer never stays around very long just so that she can leave the set after the last filming and yell "SAY GOODBYE TO THESE!" as she walks out.

  • bastich

    She should be required by law to do that on every show she leaves.

  • And occasionally a, 'YOU'RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR!'

  • RenoGruber

    Oh Lindsay Price. We share a birthday. I'd so buy you a fried ice cream.

  • apsutter

    Poor Judy Greer. She deserves better.

  • Scorptilicus

    At least Valley had Boston Legal for a while...

  • BWeaves

    Nathan Fillion would be on this list if it wasn't for Castle.

  • Guest

    Additions: Nora Zethner, Tracie Thoms, Liza Lapira (along with the rest of the D.T.T.B.I.A. 23 crew) and Jay Harrington.

    I was so happy when Zethner showed up in Maron and seriously how does Tracie Thoms not have full time employment?

    Also Maria Thayer (yes, she attached to Eagleheart whatever that is) and Janet Montgomery.

  • zyzzyva

    Loved Liza Lapira on the so-awesome-it-was-obviously-cancelled, but stupidly named, "Traffic Light."

  • Adrienne Marie

    Tracie Thoms is awesome. Loved her since Rent and Deathproof.

  • HowardTheDeck

    Can we add Arrested Development for Judy Greer? Because clearly that was her fault.

  • JH

    Paula Marshall caught the Show Killer virus from Ted McGinley on Sports Night.

  • kushiro -

    Naw, she already had a pretty good case of it by then.

  • bastich

    I think the universe is just trying to keep Alicia Silverstone's schedule clear for the eventual "Clueless" sequel.

    (or a career in porn....either direction is fine by me)

  • Maguita NYC

    That mouth-to-mouth feeding YT clip now keeps popping in my head everytime I read Alicia Silverstone's name.

    But another made for TV Clueless, maybe Where Are They Now would be amazing!

  • Even Stevens

    I was JUST going to say that, all I can think of is her doing momma bird-baby bird weird stuff and... just no, I can't

  • bastich

    Don't forget her support of the "Orgasmic Birth" movement....

    I don't care -- her Aerosmith videos and nude PETA ad trump everything.

  • lmtj

    Blair Underwood always comes to my mind in this category. He's not a bad actor and he's great looking. He may not be able to carry the lead, but a great ensemble is what he needs.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Really liked Andrea Anders on Ted. And Judy Greer has guest-starred on EVERYTHING. It's time she gets a nice regular show role or a featured film role..

  • oilybohunk7

    She still has Archer, I realize it is only voice work but it is still great.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Fair point, but I feel like if H. Jon Benjamin gets two shows, Greer could easily be doing another one AND deserves it.

  • oilybohunk7

    I agree with that, I would definitely watch a show with her on it.

  • Maguita NYC

    For a long time she had supporting roles in every romcom imaginable. I believe she finally found her niche on the small screen.

    Someone should give her a decent show suited to her awesome comedic timing.

  • Guest

    Everyone from B.o.T. should be on this list.

  • Welldressed

    I was just thinking there needs to be a Think Piece here on Pajiba about shows like Better Off Ted. I was rewatching it on Netflix this week and my first thought was: This show was really ahead of it's time. My second thought was: This show would still get cancelled in today's marketplace and that SUCKS. I guess my question is: Is a great show like Ted really "ahead of it's time" if it's time never seems to come?

  • foolsage

    Damn, I miss "Better off Ted". Sigh. Such a witty show!

  • Legally Insignificant

    Am I the only one who shipped Phil and Lem?

  • Sarah Weissman

    YES. Also the person-detecting episode involving race was one of the smartest humor pieces I've ever seen on the issue.

  • Calvinthebold

    Matt LeBlanc (before Friends) cancelled series: TV101, Just the Ten of Us, Top of the Heap, Vinnie and Bobby, Class of 96.
    Hang on guys, it just takes one...

  • loo shag brolley

    Whenever Just The Ten Of Us gets a mention anywhere in the world, I feel like we should all get a free shot. Of alcohol.

  • bastich

    Gods yes. A piece of my heart and loins will always belong to Jamie Luner.

  • Annie Lockyer

    Ugh David Walton is the dictionary definition of MY JAM. Dude is so tall and funny and hotter than the face of the sun.

    Also Judy Greer was on this little cancelled show you might have heard of called Arrested Development, too.

  • Maguita NYC

    Just wanted to tell you your Avatar looks Fierce! Love it.

  • Annie Lockyer

    Thanks! That's so kind of you to say!

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I like Mark Valley a lot. And Paula Marshall! Jenny the porn star!

  • HowardTheDeck

    I always thought Mark Valley could play an awesome "older, weathered" superhero like the Flash (like Affleck is supposed to be in Superman/Batman)

  • koko temur

    Aw, "Bent". Still not sure how or why it got murdered by its own network. It was adorable, had Peet and Waton and was very, very well reviewed... So they schedualed the 6 episodes they had in 2 marathon blocks on following evenings? Who does that?

  • Michelle

    Yeah, I liked that show as well. I was pretty surprised that something with Amanda Peet didn't receive better treatment.

  • Annie Lockyer

    I watched Bent on hulu recently bc I'm a Peet AND Walton superfan and somehow the network promotions department crapped the bed because I didn't even know that show existed when it premiered. The way the network handled all that charisma and adorableness a couple years ago still sticks out in my mind as a perfect example of how network television SUCKS at being television sometimes. Show had so much potential and the network (I want to say NBC? But not sure) just bludgeoned it to death.

  • ViciousTrollop

    I remember Snoops! Oh, how I loved that show for three months when I was 14.

  • fribbley

    Andrea Anders was one of the best things on Joey, but she really did some great things in Better Off Ted.

    Of course, I'm of the opinion that Better Off Ted hardly did anything that wasn't awesome, so she might be benefiting from some overall glow.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Every mention of Better Off Ted's cancellation is like a dagger in my heart.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm still convinced that some of these people are just plain cursed (looking at you, Summer. Stay away from my shows.) Or, you know, just pick bad projects. Potato, pot-a-to.

    Amanda Peet's married to David Benioff of Game of Thrones, so I think she's doing just fine.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Summer Glau's on ARROW right now. I feel like that show's strong enough to withstand her show-killing abilities.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And didn't she just direct her first film?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    She just wrote a play, as well: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11...

  • Tinkerville

    Good for her! I don't think I've ever liked any of her movies, but she's immensely likable and I'm rooting for her.

  • She definitely fits into the category of Women I'm Always Happy to See Show Up on Craig Ferguson. See also: Kristen Bell, Lauren Graham, Angela Kinsey.

  • loo shag brolley

    Also fits nicely into the category Seriously, The Good Wife Has The Best Pool Of Guest Stars Ever I'm Never Sad When Any Of Them Show Up.

  • Cosign. Someone desperately needs to get Mamie Gummer a good show to be on.

  • Maguita NYC

    I believe there was something about her taking up directing and writing... Must find out.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Aren't there a bunch of people like this who finally landed on successful shows? Several of the Friends cast members, Lauren Graham, George Clooney -- help me out here, people.

  • hoppergrass

    Indeed, and there are several people who only escaped making this list due to that one successful show - specifically, Matthew Perry, who co-starred with at least three of the people above... coincidence or conspiracy?

  • Legally Insignificant

    Charlie Hunnam had quite a few stinkers before SoA. Unrelated, but your comment reminded me, for some reason, of the fact that Willie Aames of Charles in Charge fame went on to be Bible Man.

  • Maguita NYC

    Claire Danes.

  • Maguita NYC

    Carla Gugino - Would watch that woman in anything, or out of... Too freaking gorgeous and quite talented. Give the woman her own show already!

  • Professor Sara

    I'm still in mourning over the cancellation of both Karen Sisco and Threshold. She picks smart, doomed projects.

  • Maguita NYC

    While shit shows like Two and a Half Men just keep getting renewed. I hate stupid people watching stupid teevee!

  • Mrs. Julien

    I actually talked about her with Mr. J earlier this week. I don't get it. She's beautiful and talented. We decided she was too sexy and it got in the way of her acting success.

  • Definitely too sexy.

  • Maguita NYC

    I wonder about that at times. She's not the greatest actress, but she tends to have great chemistry even with lesser talents (*cough, Vincent Chase) and is wonderful to watch.

    Is it she has bad representation or do people really think her too hot for the screen - big or small.

  • Sarah Weissman

    I disagree about her talent. I saw her play the Marilyn Monroe type in an Arthur Miller play and she was superb. Really, really good. Jessica Hecht ("Gretchen Schwartz" was the other female lead. Great performances all around.

  • Maguita NYC

    I've never seen her on stage before, thks!

  • Sarah Weissman

    Yea, realize not everyone has had the opportunity :)

  • Mrs. Julien

    She can actually be very, very good.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04...

  • Maguita NYC

    I believe you and Sarah are making the same point: She has Presence on stage.

    While personally I still believe she is a good actress, not the greatest, someone should definitely build a project around her!

  • Bert_McGurt

    If said project is "Bert's New Bedroom" I'll happily oblige.

  • bastich

    The sad part is that, after I read your comment, my first thought was, "Has she been on home improvement shows in the past? How interesting." Many long seconds later, I got the joke.

    Don't drink and Pajiba, kids...that's all I'm saying.

  • Samantha Klein

    Hey, at least John Cho is recurring on Sleepy Hollow...

  • Lots of pretty people with lots of bad TV between them.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Not just pretty, lots of these folks are talented and charming!

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