6 Actors Who Deserve Their Own Shows

Some actors have a knack for never being out of work. No matter how hard the universe tries to get them off TV, they just keep coming back; David Spade, for example has been on at least a dozen shows over the past ten years, including one where he got to pretend to be married to Rebecca Romijn. Some actors, though, just can’t seem to catch a break, signing on for TV shows that get axed before they have a chance to pick up steam or getting written off shows that wind up living on for many seasons. If we can keep finding roles for Spade, why can’t we find permanent roles for these six "should-be" stars?


JOHN STAMOS

What you probably know him from: Full House, ER, a guest stint on Glee

What you might not know him from: Jake in Progress, Thieves, those Oikos Greek yogurt commercials

Guys, this is Uncle Jesse we're talking about here! As a kid watching Full House, was there anyone cooler on TV? (Note: I didn’t have cable growing up, so my range of cool is much more narrow.) After spending eight seasons playing Danny Tanner's brother-in-law, Stamos has repeatedly tried to get something else going, only to be (eventually) shut down at every turn. Thieves and Jake in Progress never caught on. He had a few good years on ER from 2005 to 2009, only to have the show finally decide to call it quits after 15 seasons. And his role on Glee was only for a few episodes.

What should Stamos’s next move be? Stamos was recently signed on for a Fox pilot called Little Brother. He would’ve starred opposite comedian T.J. Miller. The network didn’t pick that one up, leaving Stamos a free agent. Honestly, I’d be perfectly fine if Stamos went back to the franchise that made him famous. Yes, I’m talking Full House reboot: Aging rock star dealing with the burden of raising twin teenage sons, all while having his extended family constantly butt into his life. Call it Have Mercy and watch the ratings pour in.


AMANDA PEET

What you probably know her from: Saving Silverman, The Whole Nine Yards

What you might not know her from: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Bent

I was actually kind of torn over where to put Studio 60 on Peet's resume. On one hand, the show was probably the biggest role the actress has had in years. On the other, few people other than Aaron Sorkin diehards really watched Studio 60. If everyone knew her from the one-and-done series, the show would probably still be on, and this would be a very different list. Peet just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to her choice of TV roles. Studio 60 was critically acclaimed, but wound up getting canceled after its first season. Bent was a dead show walking before NBC even got it on the air.

What should Peet’s next move be? Well, it appears that we may have blown our chances to see Peet on television every week. The actress was set to star in To the Wonder, an upcoming Terrence Malick film, but in typical Malick fashion, her part didn't make the final cut. It’s actually hard to even say what kind of role Peet should play to find TV success. She hit all the right marks in Studio 60 and Bent, bringing the same charm she’s had since Saving Silverman to the small screen. If the networks can’t get people to watch, how is Peet supposed to prove herself?


JOHN OLIVER

What you probably know him from: The Daily Show, Community

What you might not know him from: The Smurfs movie

When Community’s first season aired, John Oliver’s Ian Duncan was a big part of the cast, serving as Jeff Winger’s liaison into Greendale. After "Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas," though, Duncan pretty much disappeared from the show. One weird side effect of this is that NBC produced an Ian Duncan the Christmas Wizard figurine but never bothered to produce either Abed or Baby Shirley figurines. Oliver has mentioned that he chose to not sign on for Community in order to stay with The Daily Show, but after the guy provided the voice of Vanity Smurf in the The Smurfs movie, you have to question whether or not he’s making the best choices.

What should Oliver’s next move be? Greendale can always use more professors, right? With Ben Chang rising to power on the campus security side and Betty White’s bizarre professor long gone from the community college’s faculty, Professor Duncan should be able to find a job there. Yes, he may have a drinking problem, but this is Greendale we’re talking about. Besides Jon Stewart, does anyone really stay with The Daily Show forever? Either way, please no more Smurfs movies. What’s that? He’s already working on Smurfs 2? C’mon, John Oliver...


JUDY GREER

What you probably know her from: Arrested Development, Archer, The Descendants

What you might not know her from: Miss Guided, Mad Love

Odds are you may not recognize the name “Judy Greer,” but once you see her face, you know who I'm talking about. Kitty from Arrested Development, Cheryl from Archer, that really nice woman George Clooney talked to on the beach in The Descendants—Greer has been everywhere. She even made cameos on How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory within a week of each other back in 2010. Greer’s most recent chance at a TV show of her own was Mad Love, which also starred Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, and Tyler Labine. The show was kind of a How I Met Your Mother Lite and didn’t last very long.

What should Greer’s next move be? Like Peet, Greer appears to be taking her talents to the big screen, following up The Descendants with a role in the upcoming Carrie remake. We’ll still get to hear Greer voice Archer’s Cheryl, which is always a ridiculous treat. Unfortunately, Archer isn’t around for 22 episodes a season, leaving us with a severe case of Judy Greer withdrawal. Greer plays "quirky yet relatable" well—an off-network sitcom like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would suit her perfectly. The network laugh-track crowd might not be her spot.


DAVID DENMAN

What you probably know him from: The Office

What you might not know him from: Traffic Light, The Replacements

For a few seasons, Denman was a huge part of The Office, playing a role that would define the relationship between then Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert. He had the tough role of being the guy we rooted against, cheering for Jim to swoop in and steal Pam from Roy. Denman was a lead in Traffic Light, one of the “Is this the next Friends?” sitcoms from of spring 2011. That show joined Perfect Couples and Mad Love in the trash heap of television history, putting Denman out of work again.

What should Denman’s next move be? It looks like the guys in charge of The Office want to reclaim some of the show's original glory, announcing that Denman will back for the series' ninth and final season. They've already brought David Wallace back, so bringing Denman back as Roy can't be a bad thing, right? Hopefully the plan isn't for Roy's return to shake up Jim and Pam's marriage, because in no way do I want to see that. It's just with all the issues The Office had in Season 8 (cough, Catherine Tate's Nellie Bertram, cough), a familiar face could help fix things. We may have rooted against Roy years ago, but Denman was never the bad guy. If Denman can remind us why we love The Office, the actor should be set up for another shot at his own series.


KATHRYN HAHN

What you probably know her from: Step Brothers, Parks and Recreation

What you might not know her from: Free Agents, The Dictator

Most people first saw Kathryn Hahn as future Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott’s wife in Step Brothers (the one who couldn’t get enough John C. Reilly action). More recently, Hahn did a stint on Parks and Rec as Paul Rudd’s campaign manager, playing small-town politics as a favor to the Sweetums heir. Before joining the NBC comedy, Hahn starred in Free Agents, a show that also starred The SimpsonHank Azaria. NBC canceled that one after four episodes. Yikes.

What should Hahn’s next move be? Hahn’s been showing up here and there in a few shows and movies, popping up in Wanderlust, The Dictator and Girls. If you saw Step Brothers, you know that Hahn is capable of going all out for a role and isn’t worried in the least about looking foolish. While Free Agents was good move with regard to Hahn getting a show of her own, it was a mistake to surround her with a bunch of actors who didn’t have the heft to carry a show. For people to discover Hahn, she needs to be on a show that can pull people in. Azaria is great on The Simpsons, but no one was setting their DVRs to watch him on Free Agents. You build a show that gets people’s attention, and they will come to Hahn.



Which actors would YOU like to see land starring TV roles? Name them in the comments, then make your own official list here.

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John Oliver DOES NOT deserve his own show :(



Someday, I'll see handsome old Alan at a convention. He is alive and well, and still doing voice work. He likes to go to He-Man cons to meet Skeletor fans... as I am the (second!) biggest Van-fan, I'll meet him and tell him how he means to me.
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Aw, c'mon, Bill.



I am a HUGE fan of the smurfs. It is one of my favorite cartoons, and I own all the smurfs comics from Belgium.



Vanity Smurf is my absolute favorite. He is cute, soft, handsome, elegant, stylish, suave... with a touch of scandal, a sprinkle of wittiness, a dollop of naivety, and a great big helping of love and beauty.



How dare you take my dear Vanity's name in vain :(



John Oliver did an awful job on the movie, now cutie sweetie pie sounds like a limey British bastard, instead of the sophisticated Mid-Atlantic accent (Thurston Howel III) with the little hint of effeminacy or something deeper. Vanity had such a beautiful voice. Thank you, Alan Oppenheimer!
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I know Kathryn Hahn from Crossing Jordan and JUDY GREER from 13 Going on 30 :) they are awesome :)
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John Oliver! Absolutely hilarious, love that guy. Also, didn't know Kathryn Hahn before Parks & Rec, but she definitely deserves something for what I saw there, she was absolutely great.

Don't agree with Judy Greer, think she's alright, but nothing special
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Judy Greer? Long overdue. Kathryn Hahn? Hells yeah. Can't be bothered with the rest.
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Mark Pellegrino deserves the love and a chance at heading up a show. The man is freakin' amazing. He's popped up all over the place on TV, most notably Supernatural, Lost and Being Human. He's charming, disarming, frightening and all around just super fun to watch. Give him a juicy enough role and he'll nail it.



There's this amazing character actor who will probably never get a show of his own, but he's one of the most talented actors on TV and that would be the amazing Mark Sheppard. When you can't imagine anyone else in a role that's when the actor is doing something right. On Supernatural he owns the role of Crowley and often steals the scene from the other amazing actors on that show. As Sterling, he gave Nate and crew a serious run for their money on Leverage. And I'm still waiting for another trip back in time in the Tardis to the States where the Doctor can visit Sheppard's FBI character Canton Delaware (isn't that the coolest name ever). Heck, pair him up with Pellegino and I'd watch them read the dictionary.
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I recognize and fondly remember Kathyrn Hahn from Crossing Jordan. I'm not familiar with her comedic roles, but since she's done then it shows great range. She could just as easily find a good hour drama.
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John Pyper-Ferguson! He's insanely talented and can play comedy, drama, or be scary as hell. I've loved him since Brisco County, Jr. He has guest starring roles out the wazoo but totally deserves a starring role. Also Mark Pellegrino...although his time on Lost could arguably disqualify him from this list but he is also very talented. I can't recall ever seeing a bad performance out of either of them.



In fact, how about a show pairing Pete Hutter with Lucifer? That would be more than a little bit awesome.
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Mary McCormack!!! Kyle MacLachlan, Dermot Mulroney, Amber Tamblyn, Cole Hauser (preferably in SVU so we can have some more lovely Chase chemistry, Amaury Nolasco (not in drag though, I like him fierce but not like that hon) and probably some more awesome people I'm forgetting right now...

My wishes to see Maura Tierney and Shawnee Smith back on the telly is coming true though so YAY for that! :)
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when i see amanda peet, i think of jack and jill, the tv show!! i absolutely loved that show!!!

and as for judy greer (that's rt, i didn't know her name), i wish mad love would go back on tv cuz it was a nice one! =)
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Jack & Jill is where I developed my crush on Amanda...
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I think exactly the same when I see Amanda Peet. I loved that show and was stoked to see Justin Kirk in Animal Practice. Whatever happened to Simon Rex?
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I last saw Simon Rex in the "Sexy and I Know It" music video by LMFAO.



Before that... What I Like About You, but man, that was a long time ago... I don't know what he's been up to between those times.
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I actually remember KATHRYN HAHN from Crossing Jordan! I agree that her & John Stamos really deserve a chance for Lead roles!
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Ed O'Neill could've had his own show. I bet it would've won an Emmy too.
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Ed O'Neil had at least two show between Married with Children and Modern Family: Big Apple and Dragnet (which became L.A. Dragnet).
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Jack Coleman, Jason Isaacs, and oh, Jack Coleman.
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Phoebe Tonkin she is just awesome!!
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I know who John Stamos is, but I'm unfamiliar with the rest.
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Was it warm and cozy under that rock you crawled out from?
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Couldn't be cozier.
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Couldn't agree more with Kathryn Hahn and Judy Greer.
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I want to see Have Mercy!! :D
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Wouldn't it be cool if that show's theme song was an Elvis Presley song?
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Don't you need a concept first and then find someone who can fit into it? Who would have thought Tony Shaloub could carry a series? And he wasn't even the first choice for Adrian Monk. Richard Boone was CBS' first choice for Steve McGarrett. Picking the actor first and building a show just to fit him is asking for failure.
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Except for Roseanne, Dave Chappelle, Bill Cosby, Bernie Mac, Andy Griffith, George Lopez, Seinfeld, Lucille Ball, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Louie CK...



I'm sure there are more.
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Then there's Tom Papa, Lucille Ball (in the show that debuted the same year as Matlock), probably 90% of the stand-up comics besides Seinfeld and Roseanne Barr that networks gave shows to trying to emulate their success, Rob!, etc., as well as the success of Law & Order and Mission: Impossible. The impetus of the show should be the concept and the writing, not the interchangeable actors plugged in to sell the product.
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None of what you said refuted any of what I said. Simple fact is that many, many actors/comedians/whatever are able to carry a show and be the centerpiece regardless of whatever the concept is.
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If you're watchng a show just because of the lead actor, it's probably a crappy show (nothwitstanding James Garner and Hugh Laurie being the main reasons to watch The Rockford Files and House, M.D., respectively. And both those shows would have been much less than they were without clever scripts and good directing.
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james marsters.
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I remember Amanda Peet from her roll as Jack from Jack and Jill. It made two seasons, and was probably her longest season on the silver screen. Kathryn Hahn's longest roll and successful one was probably Crossing Jordan.
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Exactly what I wanted to say. I loved Jack and Jill. Wish it had lasted longer.
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Kathryn is amazing - was pretty awesome in Crossing Jordan :)
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The most important thing John Stamos has ever done was Rebecca Romijn.
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A bit strange you don't mention Kathryn Hahn's biggest show, Crossing Jordan, which was by far her biggest show. 115 episodes doesn't even get a mention as "might not know her from"?
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Wait, was it her biggest show? You weren't too clear on that. :)
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Well considering she starred in well over 100 episodes in Crossing Jordan, and she only has about 15-20 episodes in any other show, I would think that Crossing Jordan would at least get some kind of honorable mention.
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I saw Stamos and immediately thought of this webseries: http://www.youtube.com/user/letskilljohnstamos
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most definitely john oliver!!!
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My vote for Mark Pellegrino!
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Patton Oswalt!
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I think CHRISTOPHER MELONI definitely deserves his own show. I'd like him to expand more towards comedy but drama is definitely okay too. :-) And I want Diane Neal to be in that show with him. :-)
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Make a show with Caroline Dhavernas and Karine Vanasse. These two French Canadian girls would take over American television if you put them together.
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isn't judy greer ashton kutcher's wife in two and a half men? that's a pretty big role..
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Mark Pellegrino

Sebastian Roche

Mark Sheppherd (sp?)
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SPN fan by any chance?
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John Oliver should have a million shows.
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Jennifer Finnegan

Jim Gaffigan

Jason Ritter

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Totally agree about Kathryn Hahn. I've been a fan of hers ever since her Crossing Jordan days.
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... Maria Bello.



Because seriously, people.
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I always liked Judy Greer on "Love Monkey", that was an awesome show that was cancelled way too soon.
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Let's seeeeee...



No, no, no, no, no aaaand no.
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Well then, Moon, who do YOU think deserves their own show?
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If you're going to pick anyone from that awful show Full House it should be Bob Saget...his standup is surprisingly raunchy, and with some notable cameos in stuff like Half-Baked and making fun of himself a LOT in Entourage (to be fair Stamos also did Entourage, just not as well) I'd love to see Saget in some non sugar coated comedic role to counter the taste left from Full House and America's Lamest Home videos...



Also, I think it's hard to make a case for Peet who just had her chance at a staring role in the underrated Bent...still it didn't take off so what makes you think something else will?



So I submit this list...



1) How about Misha Collins? He's just sitting there rotting on Supernatural these days anyway...



2) Maybe Adam Baldwin (Firefly) who's only done a smattering of stuff since Chuck.



3) What about David Rees Snell who only seems to get guest shots since The Shield



4) With Fringe ending this year, I'd really like to see more of Jasika Nicole after it's over *fingers crossed*



I would have said Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but it looks like he has work on Starz of all places for now...



I'd much rather see any of these actors anchor something than basically anyone on this list.
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Saget already has a stable gig, hes the voice of older Ted on HIMYM.
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I wouldn't call that "his own show"...
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Baldwin and Collins good choices. Would love to see joob from arrested development in his own show, comedy legend. Also Jimmy from boardwalk empire (I thought he was a key character ahhhhhh), McNulty from the wire, or imagine Paulie and Silvio from sopranos locked up in jail together for four seasons, it would be funny as hell and the spinoff of a lifetime.
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Good post, I'll give you a thumbs up...though I think I should point out I would have totally said McNulty if he wasn't British television The Hour:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hour_(drama_series)



Heck same goes for Stringer Bell (who also happens to be doing British television Luther)
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I remember Kathryn Hahn best from "Crossing Jordan" where she did such a lovely job playing Lily, who often served as the heart and conscience of the ME's office - even reigning in Jordan when needed. I've never been a fan of comedies, so I haven't seen any of her work since then, but I keep hoping some light drama would snap her up because I enjoyed her so much. Part of what was great about her work on CJ was that initially, Lily was sort of the oddball comic relief along with Bug and Nigel, but even then there was a kind of dignity to her. Over the rest of the series, Lily really grew and matured - more so than any other character (except, perhaps Bug, who also grew a lot - it's not surprising that the two of them wound up together!)
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except for stamos, i've NEVER heard of any of these...
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The actress who playsBernadette on " The big bang theory". She's a hoot, I love her!

Lucy De vito, who plays Stephanie on ' Mel&joey'. She's fab.

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I know Kathryn Hahn from Crossing Jordan
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Funny - I was about to say the same thing. It also always reminds me that I wish that show were on DVD, as I never saw the last season and a half.
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It's on instant view over on Netflix, but yeah I watched a couple of seasons sometime in the middle of it's run then kinda stopped for some reason that escapes me.
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Totally agree about David Denman and John Stamos. Stamos has outstanding artistic talent in a number of capacities. Denman played a d-bag type of character on the Office so naturally you disliked him, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a great actor!
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I agree with the Jesse in the future thing! That seems like it be a really good show.
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It's not that I think these actors are bad, but I do think it would be a bad idea for them to have their own shows. Some actors are simply excellent support actors, there's nothing wrong with that I think.



Take Judy Greer. I love that woman. Well, her acting too. She's excellent as that daring woman, who does what she wants and says the most baffling things. But a show about her... I don't know. They'd probably cast her for some stereotypical show about a lone/disorganized/hopeless romantic/hip kind of woman and it wouldn't be her. She excels at being the absurd character, which is rarely the main one.
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Lo Bob...
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Amanda Peet was so very good in the WB series "Jack & Jill" in the 90s. It was great two season show that should have been huge.
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I actually loved Jack and Jill, was a great show back in the day.
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I Agree with all of them except Stamos.. He had is time in the sun if I remember.
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I've been in love with Judy Greer since Jawbreaker when she played Fern-I mean, Vy...lette.
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I don't agree with any of these.
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John Stamos was on Facts of Life for some time before any of that. Suppose the author is too young or didn't do enough research?
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Stamos was never on The Facts of Life. You are thinking of George Clooney.
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