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All Your Favorite Shows Will Be Cancelled: Re-Casting Edition

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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Whether it's their time, they're being cut too soon, or they never had the chance to get off the ground, the following shows likely won't be showing up on your DVR next season. Not all of them are dead in the water yet, but I'm always been a fan of hanging crepe and then being pleasantly surprised when something I love makes the cut. So I've been thinking a lot of my favorite actors from my favorite soon-to-be/already-are gone shows. Here's a fork in the road, career-wise, and it can go two ways. For every Cranstonian Hal Wilkerson to Walter White ascendance, there's a Tami Taylor to Rayna James free fall. Fingers crossed for the prospects of our favorite casts and for those shows still teetering on the edge of cancellation? Why let's cross our fingers toes and knees. Just in cases.

"Happy Endings": I hope against hope this show returns next year. But the shoddy way ABC has been airing episodes (out of order, on a different night each week) doesn't bode well for the charming ensemble meta-com. So if the cast isn't rescued by TBS, I'd at least like to see them all in projects befitting their talents. I don't see why Damon Wayans Jr. coudn't rejoin the cast of "New Girl." Two black males on one sitcom?! Why not? This isn't "The Walking Dead." And while I wish the best for Elisha Cuthbert, Casey Wilson, Zach Knighton and Adam Pally, the other actor I have the highest hopes for is the insanely talented Eliza Coupe. Wouldn't she make a sharp as h*ll femme fatale on "Justified"? We'd all be sporting Marshal stiffies.
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"The Office": The lovely Ellie Kemper could slide with ease right on over to "The Mindy Project." I don't see much of a future in television for the rest of these folks and lord knows the writers are doing their level best to kill all my love for John Krasinski.
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"Community": Thankfully the end of "Community" (if this is, indeed, the end) doesn't mean we have to lose Joel McHale's abrasive snark. He's still kutting into the Kardashians on "The Soup." And can still enjoy Alison Brie's doe-eyed perkiness on "Mad Men." But Donald Glover? Danny Pudi? Yvette Nicole Brown? Gillian Jacobs? I have trouble imagining them playing quite so well with others. Maybe they'll get to work with Dan Harmon on one of the three pilots he's got in development.
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"Ben & Kate": If you never caught this sweet yet sadly cancelled sitcom, you'll have no idea what you're missing. Nat Faxon (Jim Rash's Oscar-winning writing partner) can go ahead and stay behind the scenes, thank you very much. But it would hurt my heart if Dakota Johnson and one of the best damn child actresses out there, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, were unable to find more work. Go ahead and replace half of the terrible kids currently acting with Jones and we'll be in business. Worst case scenario? She's the new Lilly on "Modern Family." Best case scenario? "Mad Men" fast forwards in time and Jones is cast as Joan's preternaturally bright off-spring. What's that you say? Lilly's Asian? Joan's baby is male? Underestimate Maggie Grace Jones' range at your peril. Too bad they already cast the lead on the "Boy Meets World" spin-off. This munchkin would have been perfect.
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"30 Rock": I'm sick to death of everyone on this show not named Alec or Tina, and I really doubt those two are going to do anything in television for a good long while. So have fun at the movies playing corporate heavies and hapless comedic ladies, you two.
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"Don't Trust The B": It was very sad to see this sharp, brittle little gem go. Krysten Ritter does rapid-fire, bubbly sarcasm really well and I think she'd fit right in with the other fast talkers on "Bunheads." As for James Van Der Beek, well, it may not be a good show, but I'd be interested to see what he might do on Kevin Williamson's "The Following." Williamson, of course, knows Van Der Beek from their "Dawson" days.
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"Last Resort": This entire project ended up being a bit of sh*tshow, and it's too bad. There was a lot of talent involved. But if you can't build a show around Andre F*cking Braugher, then you're in deep trouble. I'm not worried about Braugher in the long run because, let's face it, the man is an acting juggernaut. I do, however, have protective feelings for Scott Speedman (in or out of uniform) and wouldn't be at all disappointed if he showed up to fluster Keri Russell on FX's "The Americans." Similarly, I hope the best for Dichen Lachman and, fingers crossed, her "Dollhouse"/Whedon pedigree will land her some action on "S.H.I.E.L.D."
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"Partners": This show was terrible but I have much love for Michael Urie. He was a bright spot on "Ugly Betty," and has a slippery ease with comedic dialogue. I'd like to see his particular brand of cartoonish elegance in something a less broad. Maybe "The Newsroom"? Hey, it worked for Olivia Munn.
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"Fringe": I have six words for you: John Noble on "Game Of Thrones." You Lord Of The Rings nerds know he has the chops. Make it happen, HBO. Also, since Pacey is once again a free agent, maybe he can join Dawson on Kevin Williamson's "The Following." Y'all, Pacey and Dawson as serial killers/lovers? Tell me you didn't just get a little chill.
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  • Jozlyn

    Since there's a Girl Meets World why can't there be a That 90's Show where Eric and Donna have their own teenage kids?

  • Kimmy

    Yesss the little girl from Ben & Kate in the boy meets world spinoff! She looks just like Topanga :(

  • Eric M.

    Wait, is Community over?????

  • Hasperat

    wow, I've seen 1 episode of one of these shows, and I didn't care for it.

  • Frank Booth

    Looks like they're getting rid of a whole bunch of TV's equivalent of deadwood.

  • merwanor

    The new Shield series should be cast by mostly just stars from Firefly :D

  • I just want Autumn Reeser to have a breakout worthy of her awesomeness pronto. Otherwise I'm worried that she'll end up on some rando USA procedural as, like, a hard-nosed detective who is also secretly a Russian spy, and the show will run for 15 years, and she'll never do anything else.

    I mean, she'd be an awesome hard-nosed attorney spy, but I want her to kill sharks with her teeth or something.

  • Anebo

    Isn't this supposed to be the final season of 30 Rock? I thought Tina Fey planned for this to be the last one, even with Alec Baldwin begging for it to stay on the air.

  • Anebo

    Oh whoops, reread the opening paragraph. Never mind.

  • Badlands

    "The insanely talented Eliza Coupe"?! The only thing worse than Happy Endings itself is Eliza Coupe. Even her name is fucking annoying. And put her on "Justified"?! You keep her the shit away from "Justified"!

  • John G.

    Game of Thrones could certainly do worse than to keep poaching actors from the Lord of the Rings series.

  • Fredo

    I said this on Twitter to Joanna, but if you want John Noble in Game of Thrones, I can think he'd be a terrific "Kindly Man" AKA the Master of the House of Black and White, who's in charge of Arya's training.

    Or if you want him as more the Lord Denethor type, he can always be Lord Randyll Tarly, Sam's father.

  • I have six words for you: John Noble on “Game Of Thrones.”

    I can see it. I can dig it. Let's hope it happens.

  • e jerry powell

    Yvette will probably keep doing what she was doing before "Community" came along, playing stereotypically sassy black women in TV commercials. Don't like the stereotype, but love the fact that she and Diane Amos keep working.

    I am still hoping against hope that Michael Urie and Becki Newton can pull off a coup and get a pilot that sticks together. Or at least get back to being podcasting team again. A better pairing of f*g and h*g has never been.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    This is a stereotype I despise but one with a muddled history and one more embraced as a portrait of no-nonsense strength by a lot of other blacks. I wonder though, if they understand the experience of people who don't have a sprawling black community to where/whom they can retreat who share less than nothing with these--pfft, *this* portrayal? I'm not saying the necessarily should, but I'll just throw another experience into the fire. I hate getting fingered for assumptions that people will not accept as the set standard for all black women and that through my not acting out of my 'nature' I'm actively white by some than others. And I'm not talking about this chip on the shoulder and kind of narrow, 'Other black people think I'm trying to be white because I speak proper [sic]' or, 'All you want is a thug' business. I'm talking people thinking I've been constantly suppressing my anger chip because outside of the internet I'm a really non-confrontational presence. So to a humourless crone such as I am, I get exasperated because part of me feels like these endorsements make them unwittingly complicit in my frequent annoyances. I didn't say I was fair, I said I was a crone.

    So this, 'And she just happened to be black' story is exactly that. There was no accident there and I've never heard of a casting call that would be so broad, so to speak, as to claim that anyone, even a 'body builder' could play the role. No wonder I don't buy any of the products those people were endorsing, they convinced me of nothing but the veracity of the observations they so tritely and feebly refute. They're getting their idea of what black women are believably 'like' to their target and what's a profitable and palatable image to transmit since they say there are no blacks working on these campaigns. Advertisers are going to crib what they see and if they don't have any insiders, they aren't going to know (or care, likely) about what's appropriate 'just for us', whether it's widely reflective of experience, or not. So what are people supposed to do?

  • e jerry powell

    Preaching to the choir, darling.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I hope there are different things in Yvette's future. I know that 'jobbing' is jobbing, but I'm so enervated by that trope. Now the thing that is really sticking in my craw is that on local television, supposedly 'local' women are appearing in commercials (usually during some court show block) with the neck rolling and the 'black-cent' which doesn't even exist here. Even more depressing is that the trope is hauled out to advertising embarrassing issues--money troubles and the like.

    And good job on not even bothering to learn the actor's name before to press, HuffPo. Keep on negating on!

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Anna Torv as a rival badass PI/love interest for Kalinda on The Good Wife. There, all better now.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Oh. My. God. You should be a casting director or something. Or at least become a professional blackmailer of the Good Wife showrunners.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I'm on it. Just have to pass my Advanced Newspaper Clipping exam.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Pudi & Glover on Law & Order: SVU

    Obviously.

  • lowercase_ryan

    - Eliza Coupe on The Good Wife

    - Andre Braugher on Homeland

    - Krysten Ritter on VEEP (I would looooooooove to witness her ripping on Jonah).

  • kirbyjay

    Eliza Coupe on the Eliza Coupe Show with special guest star Damon Wayons Jr.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Am I the only one that liked Last Resort? I wish they had had more time to finish it off properly.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No, I thought it was pretty good, too.

  • Artemis

    Also, while I don't really have any feelings one way or the other toward Community, part of me kind of hopes they cancel it so that the Allison Brie meme dies down a bit. I don't blame her for it, but it's been about three years since I got sick of seeing her boobs and/or open mouth in every fucking picture of her, posted in every story tangentially relevant to Community (and sometimes those that aren't) and it's still going.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Could we kill the meme and not the show?

  • GDI

    I love Allison Brie, but she definitely has been getting over-exposed on the web. And not in the way that I was hoping.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Last week, after years of resistance, I watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Once we found John Noble in movie 3 (or 2? they're all blurring together...), my mind kept wandering imagining him as one of the feuding Greyjoy brothers.

  • Artemis

    Tina Fey is already developing a new tv show. No idea if she plans to be in front of the camera, but we can hope.


    Ellie Kemper already did a guest turn on The Mindy Project, and I can't see them bringing that character back as a regular. But of everyone on The Office, the one I'm most hoping to see land somewhere great is Jenna Fisher -- I think she's been tragically underrated during her run on that show (not helped by the very lazy writing for her character over the past 3-4 seasons), but last week's episode was a perfect reminder of how wonderful she can be when given something to work with.

  • YES. Give Jenna Fischer a job. She's always had some really great moments on the show (that last scene after the fight was heartbreaking, but she goes largely unnoticed because she's so understated compared to everyone else there. Which is a shame, because she's been so consistently good the whole time.

  • dizzylucy

    Eliza Coupe on Justified is about the best idea ever.

    Doesn't Rainn Wilson already have a spin off lined up? And I could see several of the Office crew picking up non-starring roles again.

    I just got into Ben and Kate (good timing). That little girl is insanely cute, I definitely see her getting another show.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    The spinoff is not going forward.

  • I might be wrong, but last I heard NBC decided not to go with the Dwight spin-off.

  • GeneralBluth

    Donald Glover is the most talented person on Community. The fact that you think he wouldn't "play quite so well others" makes me question your Pajiba-ness.

  • JoannaRobinson

    That was more in praise of the extraordinary chemistry between Glover and Pudi than any sort of condemnation of his talent. I love me some Glover.

  • mats19

    I also think he is already doing pretty well out of that cast... pretty famous rapper... stint on girls... the guy's not looking for work it seems to be finding him.

  • Nic Cage

    Also has a pilot with NBC.

  • E-Money

    And miss T-Fey is rumored to be helping him with it. So there you go! Let's bring back that dynamic duo.

  • Louisa

    He used to be a writer on 30 Rock.

  • L.O.V.E.

    TV Network dipshit people. Can you please find a show for Alison Brie and Dreama Walker to play best friends that like to wear tight sweaters? Please and thank you.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I like the incredibly shallow cut of your jib, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I changed my mind. They will play sisters. Fraternal Sisters. Who work at a microbrew. Where its cold. But not too cold to require anything more than ... tight sweaters.

    I am going to call the show ... wait for it ...

    The Pointer Sisters.

  • I hope this means all is good for Parks and Rec. NBC can't jetson all their comedies, even if that one's not particularly successful.

  • John W

    John Noble on GoT would be a genius move, in fact why hasn't it happened already? The Kindly Man in Braavos?

    If Community is cancelled I think Gillian Jacobs should have a nice career in film.

  • pumpkin

    I hope you're right. I heard an interview where Gillian Jacobs said something like, before Community, she only got the slut or girl-in-peril roles.

  • John W

    She's got great range in my opinion. She's been in Gardens of the Night which was a sad movie about child abuse and she obviously has comic ability.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I thought of the exact same role for Noble.

  • John W

    The only problem I see is that the Kindly Man is too far out and we need to grab Noble before he gets another gig. You know he's not going to be unemployed for long. So I was wondering maybe Mace Tyrell or Doran Martell.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I think they already have a Mace Tyrell, and Noble is too old for Doran Martell (although that might be not as important).

  • Kballs

    "Hey, it worked for Olivia Munn."

    Setting our standards low, are we?

  • I have no doubt John Noble will find his way into something wonderful. And as much as I'll miss Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson (RIP), what I really want is for Jasika Nicole to land a good part.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    She would presumably make an excellent agoraphobic shut-in genius detective. Hot lesbian Monk.

  • tmoney

    I would watch the ever-living crap out of a Pacey/Dawson killing people/sexytime show.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I see this as an alternate universe Dawson's Creek flashforward meets, like, Twin Peaks, where Pacey ended up in the FBI and Dawson never went anywhere, and now a serial killer is slashing his way through Capeside and Pacey comes back home to solve the case. Dawson gets to be the helpful Hannibal (he'll fancy himself a Castle) before getting unmasked.

    One-off series, 13 episodes, make it happen.

    ETA: I mean, obviously we can make a naughty investigator/consultant relationship happen, too. Easy.

  • MC

    your idea is way more original then the majority of the sh!t Hollywood is churning out. I suggest you fly to LA, get an agent and start shopping it around ;)

  • PandaPants

    Can we start a writing campaign to make this happen? It sounds so right.

  • tmoney

    I love this premise so much, I want it to exist, right now, on my TV. Throw it on AMC or FX, and it would be magic.

  • celery

    I DON'T WANNA WAIT! FOR MY TRAPPER KEEPER TO BE OVER!!

  • Bert_McGurt

    If there weren't already a Key & Peele, Pudi & Glover would be a hell of a sketch comedy duo. I mean, they'd STILL be a killer sketch comedy duo, but...

  • PerpetualIntern

    Agreed. Or just improv. Watching them on the blooper reels (especially the ones from the Halloween episode) never gets old.

  • BAM

    Eliza Coupe FTW.

  • JRD

    Oh man, I've loved her ever since she was in one ep of Flight of the Conchords

  • PerpetualIntern

    Fou de fa fa!

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I was shocked to see how much weight she lost between that episode and a random viewing of a recent episode of this show. She's a sylph.

  • Brady

    John Noble on Game of Thrones is dream casting. That's so good, I can't believe I didn't think of it before!

  • Blake.

    Andre F*cking Braugher can't buy a break, he will always be Frank Pemberton to me.

  • toblerone

    John Noble in G.O.T would be awesome. I do worry about Anna Torv though and whether will ever see her again.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Jane Krakowski deserves something decent....she was so under-appreciated on 30 Rock!

  • e jerry powell

    I am not a 30 Rock kind of guy (strange, I know), but I kind of get the feeling that Jane Krakowski's TV work has been kind of one-note since back in the Ally McBeal days. I know she's done some knockout theatrical work, so I think she may be perceived as a known quantity for TV (not unlike her former castmate, Lisa Nicole Carson).

  • Gabs

    Jenna has always been one of my favorites. I hope she goes somewhere great.

  • Pepper

    Ugh. She is like nails on the chalkboard of my soul.

  • Lucie

    I was pretty sick of her for a while, but starting with Season 5, they did some absolutely ingenious things with her character. I think when they sent her off on her own plots that didn't involve Liz having to console her so much--plus the casting of Will Forte--it really, really gave her a boost.

  • dizzylucy

    I agree. I always liked her on the show, but around season 5 I did much more. Loved Jenna's grifter scheme with Kelsey Grammer.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    I think her stalker storyline in one of the earlier seasons was one of the funniest in the shows history!

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