For you old timey Television Without Pity types, we might as well call this “Back, Show Killer! A Seriously Paula Marshall List.” If that’s gibberish to you, suffice it to say that the following actors refuse to go away, no matter how many cancelled shows they have. In some instances that’s a good thing. In others…well…
Andre Braugher — Brooklyn 99: This amazing man was the reason I stuck with Last Resort for as long as I did. I keep hoping he’ll find the right home because good god is he enjoyable to watch. It’s been a spotty road (Thief, Hack, Gideon’s Crossing, Men Of A Certain Age, etc.) and this new FOX sitcom would be the last place I’d expect him to land. Then again, his delivery of “man-scaping” reduced me to giggles and it seems kind of “important” to have an African-American gay man of a certain age fill that stereotypical stern boss role. (The character is gay, Braugher, to my knowledge, is not.) So, we’ll have to see.
Alex O’Loughlin — Hawaii Five-Oh: This one’s not going anywhere. CBS’s stalwart, boring procedural is here to stay. It took O’Loughlin a little while to settle down (Moonlight, Three Rivers) but that’s because I think he was swinging above his weight class. A blandly handsome young man of middling talent is right at home on CBS. Sorry, Moonlight fans, but that show should have been about Jason Dohring’s character and you know it.
Laura Prepon — Orange Is The New Black: Well we already know hot Donna is not long for the smash Netflix series, but she had an amazing run. In fact, I think this is the most I’ve ever enjoyed her. That’s too bad because she’s been bouncing around for a little while (Are You There, Chelsea?, October Road) and I wish she could stay.
Blair Underwood — Ironside: Oh if there is any justice this show will be gone STAT. I saw the pilot and yeeeeeeeeeeeesh. Not good. Nice concept, poor execution. A cancellation wouldn’t be that surprising given Underwood’s track record. (LAX, High Incident, Downtown, City of Angels, Fatherhood, Dirty Sexy Money)
Odette Annable — Banshee: Banshee was given a second season? BANSHEE WAS GIVEN A SECOND SEASON? Consider these my portentous shrieks of displeasure. Annable (once quite famous for a certain part around these parts) has found herself a rather sub-par home after wandering for a few years. (Brothers and Sisters, October Road, Breaking In, South Beach, the last season of House). If Banshee makes it past season 2, however, I will be mightily surprised.
Bradley Whitford — Trophy Wife: Of course TV will always find a home for Josh Lyman. How could it not. Is this kinda okay family sitcom the right one? I watched the pilot. It seemed to be shooting for a Modern Family vibe so it might be extremely popular. Whitford is just fine in it and it’s certainly a step up from The Good Guys. However, I still find myself wishing Studio 60 had turned out better than it did. No one does Sorkin quite like Whitford.
Scott Foley — Scandal: Please don’t kill him. Please don’t kill him. Please don’t kill him. For those of you who haven’t been rabidly following Foley, you may not know that TV dramas tend to hire him only to whack him (Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood). Foley also has a few of his own cancelled shows under his belt (The Goodwin Games, The Unit). I am awfully optimistic about his role on Scandal, though. He was terrific last season and if ABC’s smart, they’ll just recycle last year’s “Scott Speedman in uniform” promos from Last Resorts. Scott Foley in uniform, everyone. Give it up.