They say ‘dying is easy’, it’s getting a hit TV series that’s hard. Well if they didn’t say that they should have. That’s especially true if you already have a big career in the movies. It is tough out there for those silver screen legends to get arrested on the little screen. Or so it seems.
Television audiences like to discover their own TV stars, not have a big movie name forced on them. Oscar winner Kathy Bates just saw her first series, Harry’s Law cancelled by NBC after just two seasons even though it was produced and created by TV golden boy David E. Kelley. Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and multiple Oscar nominee Nick Nolte had their highly touted HBO series Luck whacked even before they could finish shooting the second season and get any of those episodes on the air. Of course there were extenuating circumstances on that one due to the continuing death of racehorses on the set but the series was not racking up big numbers for the pay network anyway. Rob Schneider may not be a big huge film star but since his days on Saturday Night Live he has been known mostly for his movie roles. In an attempt to trade that success in for weekly TV stardom all he got in return was a quick ax from CBS for his freshman sitcom, Rob. Producers thought film star Christina Ricci would be a big draw for the highly touted and expensive ABC series, Pan Am but it crashed and burned after a single season, even with Ricci on board. (more…)