Saturday, July 25, 2009

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Cast Members of 2009's Canceled Shows

"Cupid" (ABC)
Bobby Cannavale: I first noticed him in "Will & Grace," and I thought he'd finally got his big break with his very own series, but alas "Cupid" was a no-go for the second time in a row.
Up Next: He just wrapped the father-son dramedy Apples with Victor Rasuk (Lords of Dogtown), and a supporting role in the dramedy Weakness. But he's about to start filming the adaptation of Down and Dirty Pictures, a satirical look at the rise of independent film in the 1990s, with Matthew Perry and Hugh Dancy.

"Everybody Hates Chris" (CW)
Tyler James Williams: The 16-year-old was lucky to get his own series at 13, so it must suck that he has to start auditioning all over again. He was genuinely funny in 2006's Unaccompanied Minors, but unfortunately there aren't that many kid-friendly shows.
Up Next: I think he should shoot for a series like ABC Family Channel's "10 Things I Hate About You" or FOX's "Glee," unless he's interested in a little drama, then he should be a student in the new format that "Scrubs" is trying out—like a black Doogie Howser.

"In the Motherhood" (ABC)
Cheryl Hines: The very funny lady may not have her own series anymore...
Up Next: ...but she is in Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler's The Ugly Truth, and she'll voice a character on Cartoon Network's new animated series, "The Super Hero Squad Show," which sports a hefty amount of famous heroic characters and voices: Valkyrie (Gossip Girl's Michelle Trachtenberg), Mr. Fantastic (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters), Black Widow (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles' Lena Headey), Iceman (X-Men's Shawn Ashmore), Hawkeye (Heroes' Adrian Pasdar), Ant-Man (Heroes' Greg Grunberg), Galactus (Star Trek's George Takei), Ka-Zar (Hercules' Kevin Sorbo), Black Cat/Sif (Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer), and many more.

Megan Mullally: Ten years ago, she created an unforgettable character on "Will & Grace," and now three years after its finale, she's having a little trouble getting settled in a new series.
Up Next: She'll appear in this year's Fame revival, and join the cast of Starz's "Party Down" as a small town divorcee who moves to Hollywood so her 13-year-old daughter Escapade can become an actress. When she gets tired of that, she should try for "Glee" or "Cougar Town."

Horatio Sanz: After the series was cancelled, he appeared in the briefly popular comedy Year One.
Up Next: He just wrapped the TV movie Bad Mother's Handbook, starring Alicia Silverstone and Megan Mullally. Then he'll appear in Chris Kattan's comedy Hollywood & Wine.

"Kath & Kim" (NBC)
Selma Blair: In doing this series, she was returning to TV for the first time since her official debut in 1999's "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane." Unfortunately, the quirky Australian import didn't mesh well with American humor and it was canned.
Up Next: She does "conservative dork" best, like in The Sweetest Thing, which is why I think she should join the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" as a potential love interest for either of the boys (except Leonard, of course). In the mean time, she'll have a role in the oddball family comedy Happy Together and the thriller Columbus Circle with Giovanni Ribisi.

"Kings" (NBC)
Sebastian Stan: He's really come into his own in this series. His reoccurring role on "Gossip Girl" doesn't do him justice, so I hope he finds his place eventually.
Up Next: Aside from reprising his role on "GG" this fall to woo Serena, he'll appear in the star-studded comedy Hot Tub Time Machine with a slew of comedians, but I think his talents could be well served on shows where he can display more of his dark side, since it's awesome. So how about auditioning for the new mystical series "The Vampire Diaires" or the vanity-filled "The Beautiful Life."

"Life" (NBC)
Damian Lewis: I never liked him, especially after watching Dreamcatcher, but Cruz was a really entertaining character to watch, and he grew on me.
Up Next: If you're feeling nostalgic for Lewis' charm, then I'd suggest hunting down his direct-to-DVD hitman comedy The Baker, which is like a more cheerful version of In Bruges, or catching the British prison-break thriller The Escapist. On the horizon, he has the Danny McBride fantasy comedy Your Highness, acting alongside James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel.

Sarah Shahi: She scored her first steady gig in "The L Word," then became more popular as Cruz's sidekick.
Up Next: At the moment, she's expecting her first child, but afterwards she'll star opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy") in an untitled crime comedy. Since it's not really a major role, I think she should return to TV in something that'll let her play up her sexuality, as well as her sense of humor, like "True Blood." However, I love her as a cop, so I think she'd be awesome on "Dexter" as Deb's competition, "Lie to Me" as Mekhi Phifer's love interest, or on "The Mentalist" as Cho's.

Donal Logue: He's had trouble finding a place on television ever since his family comedy "Grounded For Life" ended in 2005, so it was nice to see him as a slightly more serious character.
Up Next: He'll have roles in the horror thriller The Lodger, Zac Efron's drama The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, and the AIDs drama Jericho's Walls Are Falling. He'll also co-star in a new FX comedy series called "Terriers," where he'll open a P.I. business with his friend.

"Prison Break" (FOX)
Wentworth Miller: His career skyrocketed when the series premiered, but after the second season, it seemed doomed.
Up Next: It's rumored that Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) tapped him to play a plane-crash survivor in an underwater utopia of the horror action film Bioshock. He's also going to be in the season premiere of "Law & Order: SVU" as a visiting detective, but if he wants a permanent TV job, maybe he could be a doctor on one of the many new medical dramas debuting in the fall season, like NBC's high-intensity "Trauma." He has that concerned-caring look down.

Amaury Nolasco: He also benefited from his role in the series, managing to score a few film jobs (Transformers, Street Kings, and Max Payne) because of it.
Up Next: He has the adventure drama The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp and the thriller Armored with Laurence Fishburne, but I think he might be good as a cop on "Dexter"—maybe repair Lt. Laguerta's broken heart, since I hear they're looking to give her love interest.

"Privileged" (CW)
Joanna Garcia: She first got her feet wet on "Reba," confirming the idiocy of all blondes, so I was shocked that she could feign intelligence and hold her own as a lead in her own series. Unfortunately, the content wasn't really worth tuning in for week-after-week.
Up Next: You can see her as a Southern vixen on "Gossip Girl" this season, but she deserves some substantial material. Heck, I even think she could pass for Haylie's sister on "One Tree Hill." Unfortunately that role was already cast...then again, she has a lot of siblings. Or she can come out of left field and become a love interest slash partner on USA's new action comedy "White Collar" opposite Matthew Bomer ("Chuck"). I'd love to see her kick some ass.

Lucy Hale: She had her start in the NBC remake of "Bionic Woman," but really broke through with her role in this series.
Up Next: She'll be in the horror flick Deep Cove and the dramatic TV film The Sorority Wars.

"Reaper" (CW)
Bret Harrison: After getting his big break in "Grounded for Life," he had a brief stint on "That's 70 Show" and "The Loop" before scoring his own series. Unfortunately, it seems failing to be as hot as Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles caused the CW's mostly female audience to give it the ax.
Up Next: You can see him in the New Orleans-set comedy Mardi Gras getting his frat boy on.

Tyler Labine: I first noticed his goofy antics in the short-lived sci-fi series "Invasion," but he managed to effortlessly steal several of the series' scenes with his immature behavior.
Up Next: He was actually the first to secure a new gig after the cancellation was announced as the lead in FOX's family comedy "Sons of Tucson." He will aslo star in the comedies A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

Rick Gonzalez: Trying to score roles that aren't specifically Latino are kind of hard in Hollywood, but Gonzalez managed to make his character hilarious just for being a nerdy and overly sensitive guy without a heavy Latino slant. With sporadic roles in films like Biker Boyz, Coach Carter, Roll Bounce, and Illegal Tender, he's slowly breaking out of the stereotypes.
Up Next: He has a part in the female-driven, indie drama Flying Lessons with Maggie Grace ("Lost") and Christine Lahti ("Jack & Bobby").

"Samantha, Who?" (ABC)
Christina Applegate: She's been in this business for more than twenty years and ever since she epitomized white trash in the 80s family comedy "Married with Children," she's deserved a little front row stardom. She had her first shot in the 90s series "Jesse," so I had no doubts that she'd be as funny as she was in this series. But having a gimmick at the core really caused it to go stale quickly.
Up Next: She has some voiceover work in the upcoming sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, a supporting role in Drew Barrymore's rom-com Going the Distance, and possibly a small role in the indie dramedy Everything is Going to Be Just Fine.

Jennifer Esposito: I didn't realize it, but I first saw her in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. During her rise, she had a steady role in "Spin City." She later appeared in the Oscar-winning drama Crash and the ill-fated WB series "Related." I feel like her sassy Andrea stole many scenes and really planted her solidly in the position of a comedic actress. Them Apatow boys should take notice.
Up Next: You can see her in the Italian family comedy Four Single Fathers, and she's rumored to have been cast in the musical drama Since I Don't Have You. But I'd like to see her get saucy in a series that doesn't already have an alpha female-type like "Cougar Town" or the new quirky dramedy "Eastwick."

Melissa McCarthy: I was a little worried that she wouldn't be able to find another role after her hilariously adorable portrayal of hyper-active Sookie on "Gilmore Girls," but she has a knack for playing the dorky sidekick.
Up Next: So far, she has a role in the upcoming rom-com The Back-Up Plan. But I have high hopes for her. I think she'd fit nicely into the quirky "Glee."

"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (FOX)
Lena Headey: She's been around for a while, but her 2006 portrayal of the ballsy Queen in 300 was where I first saw her backbone. I had no doubts she could play the mother of the leader of the resistance. Unfortunately, uber fans weren't too keen on the series' timeline or content so it was sort of doomed from the start.
Up next: She'll star opposite Josh Lucas in the horror thriller Tell-Tale. But I'd suggest sticking to feature films where she can promote some more girl power.

Thomas Dekker: I really had high hopes for his role as bff to the cheerleader in "Heroes," but I guess it was going nowhere so he had every right to jump ship for his own series. Unfortunately, Terminator fans couldn't take his brooding seriously.
Up Next: You can see him now as a cancer-stricken teen in the heart-breaking drama My Sister's Keeper. In the future, there's the comedic horror All About Evil, a revival of the famous horror flick A Nightmare on Elm Street, and yet another horror film called Slaughter's Road. I'm seeing a trend here. Apparently, he's found something to do with his smoky stare.

Brian Austin Green: It's been a long, hard road for the "Beverly Hills, 90210" graduate. I think the turning point was when he played a hyper-realized version of his Hollywood personality in the hitman action comedy Domino and then co-starred and officially laid claim to some serious comedic chops in the criminally short-lived "Freddie." Then he wowed us again by giving this series the boost that it needed with his badass no-prisoners act.
Up Next: We'll see him go up against Clark this season on "Smallville," and in the sports drama The Sandy Creek Girls.

Summer Glau: The professional ballerina first impressed us with her intimidating combat skills when she played the mysterious killing machine in "Firefly" and the film adaptation of that series, Serenity. After a stint on TNT sci-fi series "The 4400," she amped up her all-boy fan club by playing the first nice female Terminator.
Up Next: Unfortunately, aside from a guest starring role as herself on "Big Bang Theory," she doesn't have much on the horizon. I'd suggest playing a non-robotic character on "Dollhouse."

"The Unusuals" (ABC)
Amber Tamblyn: Technically appearing in anything after starring in CBS's "Joan of Arcadia" is slumming it, but she managed to stay in the spotlight with the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants films. She almost revived her TV career with the quirky cop dramedy "The Unusuals," but as a mid-season replacement, it bombed majorly even though it was hilarious.
Up Next: She'll star opposite Michael Douglas in the mystery thriller Beyond a Reasonable Doubt this fall and the incredibly well-cast drama Main Street, alongside Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, and Ellen Burstyn. She should try out for "Fringe." She could be the young, female version of the ever-eccentric Walter.

Jeremy Renner: After his small role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, he scored himself a starring role in the recently cancelled dramedy "The Unusuals" and the war dramedy The Hurt Locker.
Up Next: While he didn't do too bad in a series, he didn't really seem to fit so snuggly on the small tube. I think he should stick to gritty roles on the big screen. Maybe find a friend in Guy Ritchie, Michael Mann, or even Michael Bay. In the mean time, he's joined Ben Affleck's second directorial effort, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's bank heist thriller The Town, where he'll act alongside Affleck, Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl").

Harold Perrineau: He's worn many hats, whether it's in the critically acclaimed "Oz," the eternally worshipped Matrix saga, or the cult-favorite "Lost." He's really good at morphing into other characters and managed to make what could've been a caricature into a lovable putz in this series.
Up Next: He'll appear in the tense dramas The Killing Jar and Case 219.

Monique Gabriela Curnen: She's been around for a while, including a small double-crossing role in The Dark Knight, but I believe she first broke through in this series as a tough-as-nails sexy detective.
Up Next: She'll appear in the dramatic indies The Truth About Angels and Spoken Word, and the thriller Legacy.

Adam Goldberg: His odball humor has always irked me, but he finally won me over with his vulnerable act in both this series and the indie rom-com 2 Days in Paris.
Up Next: He'll be in the female-led comedy Miss Nobody, the teen dramedy Norman, and the drama The Prince of Providence with Robin Williams.

"Worst Week" (CBS)
Kyle Bornheimer: I really can't believe this series was cancelled. Week after week I expected the series' concept to get stale, but the physical comedy was just too funny to ignore. He's been bopping around TV for a while now, and with any luck he'll find a home.
Up Next: He'll appear in the rom-com She's Out of My League, the comedies For Christ's Sake and You Again, and the TV series "Romantically Challenged," playing backseat to Eric Christian Olsen (Fired Up). But seriously he's too funny to be on the backburner.


  1. Wentworth Miller is not doing bioshock. It was an April Fool's joke. You should get your facts straight.

  2. Excellent list! So many things to google from it.