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  • Trent
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    #251336

    Very often I find that I am a fan of the body of work of one actor on TV, but can’t stand the show they star in. I was hoping I’m not the only one.

    One example for me is Ty Burrell. I’ve seen him do character work for years and now he’s the funniest part of a big show that I’m starting to hate more with every episode (Modern Family).

    Also, I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus to death (I religiously watch/watched everything she does/did, even Watching Ellie), but I just can’t get into Veep. Of course I’ll keep watching it just for her, but something about it turns me off.

    The biggest example for me here is Lena Dunham. I saw her film “Tiny Furniture” on an airplane ride once and honestly I think it’s the greatest independent film I’ve ever seen (I even campaigned for her to get a screenplay nomination at the Oscars), but I think Girls is one of the worst things on TV right now. I’m happy that Lena is getting major recognition, but I feel it’s for the wrong production of hers. But then again, I’ve only seen Girls’ first two episodes (incredibly turned off by the second, thought the Pilot was bad-mediocre), should I give it another chance?

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    I genuinely enjoy Kathy Bates in most roles but one episode of Harry’s Law was enough for me. I wish she had a better show to be nominated for.

    Allison Pill also comes to mind for The Newsroom. Her work on In Treatment was some of the best acting I’ve ever seen on television, so it sucks that she’s now in the role of romantic comedy cliche girl on The Newsroom. She deserves so much better.

    I used to watch Glee solely for Jane Lynch but after a while it just became unbearable.

    I agree with the Ty Burrell assessment, I still think he’s the best part of Modern Family but I can only watch the same type of episode over and over again before it becomes boring.

    Most of the Grey’s Anatomy actors like Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Patrick Dempsey, Sara Ramirez and Kevin McKidd deserve so much better than to be stuck on a tired soap. 

    Finally, Edie Falco’s Carmela Soprano is one of the top 5 performances on television of all time, IMO, but Nurse Jackie just grinds my gears.  Something about the show just isn’t engaging for me.

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    Boidiva02
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    #251339

    Kate Walsh is a fine actress, but I just can’t get into Private Practice and I’ve tried numerous times.

    I really like Mark Fuerinstien, but Royal Pains is very boring to me.

    who else…

    Bryan Cranston I enjoy but Breaking Bad isn’t for me.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #251340

    Private Practice is filled with these choices. With the exception of Tim Daly (thanks to his character) I like everybody on this show.

    Whitney is another example. I don’t really like the show, but I do like Whitney and Chris D’Elia. Once again, the show got better…or less  “worst show of the year” as it went along… 

    Mike and Molly is an obvious choice. Melissa McCarthy deserves better. 

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    #251341

    Katie Finneran from I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER…i hope she’ll have success next time.

    And, yeah, Melissa McCarthy… 

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    uncreativename
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    Basically every actor on Private Practice — so much talent there gone to waste on the same old storyline repeated over, over, and over.

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    #251343

    I LOVE Claire Danes but I’ll never watch Homeland.   It’s simply not the type of show for me.

    Ditto for The Mentalist, Simon Baker rocks but his show is terrible.    I would also mention Elizabeth Shue on CSI…

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    I agree definitely Jane Lynch. She needs to leave that show immediately and get her own sitcom.

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    #251345

    I LOVE Claire Danes but I’ll never watch Homeland.   It’s simply not the type of show for me.

    It’s not the show you probably think it is. There’s soap opera and a lot of family/personal drama. It’s not simply a “find the terrorist” thriller that 24 was.

    Lauren Graham- Parenthood
    Laura Linney- The Big C
    Melissa McCarthy- That show about fat people
    Steve Buscemi- Boardwalk Empire (though it has gotten slightly better)
    Don Cheadle- House of Lies
    Jeff Daniels- The Newsroom

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    “Melissa McCarthy- That show about fat people”

    Ignorance. Simply put. You’re no better than Maura Kelly.

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    #251347

    I’m highlighting the network’s ignorance, since the show is full of idiotic fat jokes. It has no discernable personality beyond that.

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    I’m highlighting the network’s ignorance, since the show is full of idiotic fat jokes. It has no discernable personality beyond that.

    No, it’s not full of fat jokes. I watch it. It’s full of fart jokes and sex jokes and stupid jokes. But the times when they bring up their weight is when they are tyring to lose it or they’re telling each other they are fine with the way they are. And it does have a personality. All of its characters so, especially the lead ones.

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    It happens very, very often that an actor I love on one show will end up cast on something far beneath their abilities: Sela Ward on “CSI: NY”; about half the cast of “Hawaii Five-0.”

    I suppose Sarah Michelle Gellar in “Ringer” is a moot point. I think she should avoid mediocre projects built around her and find a good ensemble piece with a strong creative voice at the helm. It’s a shame “The Wonderful Maladys” wasn’t picked up. That sounded like it had a lot of promise.

    I love the actors on “Veep” but find the show grating, petty, and mean. Heck, I even love the creator of that show, whose “In the Loop” was a great film with real savage insight into politics. “Veep” is actually very similar in style and tone, but for whatever reason it feels somewhat out-of-tune to me.

    If you can, look up Patrick Dempsey‘s great guest performances as Sela Ward’s mentally challenged brother on “Once and Again” and weep when you realize he’ll instead be remembered for being “McDreamy.”

    Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle are fantastic actors, but I think “House of Lies” is another comedy that equates cynicism with humor (“Our characters are jerks — get it?”). I thought the pilot was dreadful, but I did watch a couple of later episodes I thought were okay, including the season finale. The show is at its best when it’s not trying to be funny.

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    Yes, it has those types of jokes as well. I’ve seen five episodes, three from the first season, two from the second, and each installment had a fat joke, and none of the characters had personalities that extended beyond bland sitcom archetype. Has it gotten better?

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    It happens very, very often that an actor I love on one show will end up cast on something far beneath their abilities: Sela Ward on “CSI: NY”; about half the cast of “Hawaii Five-0.”

    I suppose Sarah Michelle Gellar in “Ringer” is a moot point. I think she should avoid mediocre projects built around her and find a good ensemble piece with a strong creative voice at the helm. It’s a shame “The Wonderful Maladys” wasn’t picked up. That sounded like it had a lot of promise.

    Sela Ward is a classic example of this.   It’s horrible to mean that this two-time Emmy winner (four time nominee) is stuck on a show like CSI: New York.  She should have the same type of career that Juliana Margulies and Edie Falco have, not stuck on a low-rated CSI show.

    This brings me to Eric McCormack.   I feel like he’s far more talented than what he’s allowed to do on TNT’s awful, hammy and schlocky “Perception”.    This could have been his version of “Monk” but frankly it’s far too generic to be much of anything. And Clearly he has no proper director telling him to rail it in.

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