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The curse of the ‘Friday Night Lights’ alumni….

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  • Slam
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    So….. every single new series starring a former ‘FNL’ regular has been cancelled within one season or less. A true testment to the show and the actors that they’ve been able to walk onto other projects so soon, but honestly, the current sucess rate is zero. I’m only talking new pilots starring the cast, and not guest roles on popular series. Look at the facts:

    -Zach Gilford –  “Off The Map”
    -Adrianne Palicki – “Lone Star” and highly publicized yet failed “Wonder Woman” pilot
    -Matt Lauria – “The Chicago Code”
    -Jurnee Smollett – “The Defenders”
    -Minka Kelly – “Charlie’s Angels”
    -Scott Porter – “Caprica” (this sort of counts)
    -Grey Damon – “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”
    -Kevin Rankin – “Trauma” (never a regular on ‘FNL’ but a favorite nonetheless)

    Next up are ‘Hart Of Dixie” and ‘American Horror Story’ which actually each have a great chance of making it further than 1 cycle, so maybe the curse will be broken.

    I just find it interesting, thoughts? Am I missing any? 

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Oh, gawd, please don’t cancel “American Horror Story” — I’m CRAZY about it. I do wish it wasn’t so faithful to the traditional haunted house motif, but each episode certainly packs in a LOT of entertainment into 60 minutes.

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    Michael B. Jordan also didn’t kill Parenthood.  So, there is that.

    He was often the best part of his episodes, too.

    American Horror Story is a show I will likely never watch.  I am never going to give Ryan Murphy another chance after what happened with Nip/Tuck and Glee.  All shows with potential that he completely destroyed with his reckless and arrogant storytelling.  I am certain he’ll do it again.

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    Oh please. All those shows (with the possible exception of “Lone Star”) were shit. Most shows get canned after one season. These past few years we’ve seen very few new dramas survive past one season on broadcast TV. And like th OP said, Hart of Dixie and American Horror Story will likely extend beyond one season. I just hope this is the only season of AHS Britton will be in.

    FNL had a very big large young cast, most of whom signed projects for the sake of keeping a substaintial career and making money. Most of those shows were doomed before they aired (or in the case of Wonder Woman when the script was leaked). No curse. Moving on. 

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    You get really defensive about this show.

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    I get defensive about everything. And we’re not even gonna talk about the several or so shows you show your ass for on a regular basis. I would have made a similar post if it was any series being deemed cursed. Every damn thing on broadcast TV is getting canceled nowadays. And curses are just stupid (cue the lights flicking off and the wind forcing my front door open).

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    I’m not defensive!  How dare you say I am defensive!  You don’t know me!

    However, those shows were either awful (meaning I watched an episode) or looked awful.

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    I, too, am 100% done with anything Ryan Murphy related. I have no doubt that American Horror Story is great, but it will simply take the Ryan Murphy path of getting suckier and suckier each season, and I don’t want to be heartbroken like I was when that happened to Nip/Tuck.

    His half-hour comedy pilot is gonna suck. Mark my words. He’s not a funny man. 

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    He’s doing a sitcom? Lordy. I have to watch. I can’t hate without sufficient evidence. Though I will download illegally as to not help the ratings.

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    Trent
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    Yes, he’s doing an NBC sitcom about two gay days (shocker!) and a woman. Hopefully NBC will hold it for mid-season (if you know what I mean) so it doesn’t end up being a good show that he will only ruin with his inability to craft consistent storylines.

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    Haha! I just noticed this too after Charlie’s Angels was cancelled. I dont really care about any of these shows…but I was a little bummed out when “Off the Map” was cancelled, mostly (solely) because I really liked Zach Gilford and Mamie Gummer.

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    Slam
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    ….well, Michael B. Jordan wasn’t a part of ‘Parenthood’ until it’s 2nd season, so technically, that doesn’t count with my original theory. (that wasn’t meant to be bitchy……reading over it, it looked it)  It should be noted that Scott Porter had a very substantial arc in ‘The Good Wife’ season 2, but again, I was speaking strictly of shows that were initially helmed by former ‘FNL’ regulars.

    Apparently ‘Hart of Dixie’ is doing well for CW so perhaps if it doesn’t fall too far off the map it will get another season. And ‘AHS’….. while it will likely get another season, no word on if the original cast will be involved.

    Side note: I don’t believe in curses in television. I just thought that was an appropriate witty title for this thread. Also, I don’t think any of the ‘FNL’ alum helmed series were necessarily “doomed” from the get-go, as each failed project was very different from the next. It’s great (IMO) to think how impactful ‘FNL’ was in the world of TV despite being a ratings failure. Every actor on the show has had other TV and/or film opportunities….

    Hell, ‘FNL’ even got cancelled in syndication for ABC Family.

     

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    Only two of those shows had potential: The Chicago Code and Lone Star. The latter failed because of a bad title and poor advertising. The Former failed because of its style and general mediocrity. The FNL alumni have all gotten many gigs on broadcast TV over the past two years, which means they’ll inevitably see many cancellations. On average how many scripted shows that made their debut last fall got re-newed? Maybe one or two.

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    To be fair, Ryan Murphy isn’t going to have to ruin AHS, since it’s already beyond further ruination. Because it’s awful. What’s worse is that it’s gonna last… I don’t understand the appeal at all, to quote Troy (talking about an other Murphy show : you have two guesses. Oh wait…).

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    I think it’s way too early to declare a curse. And I think it’s grossly over-claimed for TV shows. There are times when a show is such a big hit (like “Seinfeld”), that it’s hard for its actors to get out from under its shadow, but even then it’s doable (“New Adventures with Old Christine”). Generally speaking it’s hard to get a TV show off the ground and even harder to find a hit. I don’t think any of those cited examples have anything to do with the actors’ work on “FNL.”

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