It's tough to be an actress in Hollywood. The pressure to maintain the perfect look and body can be overwhelming. Not to mention, all the other random free radicals that result in some actresses getting cast in television shows or movies over others. That being said, there's still a little magic involved in joining the cast of a series. Some television series might have the perfect cast and last for over 10 seasons or they could be cancelled after a few episodes. Here are a few actresses who seem to be the Typhoid Marys of their respective series.
She’s sexy, effervescent, and a more than decent actress. And yet, she’s been attached to so many failed series. She starred in the ill-fated American remake of the hit Britcom Coupling, Rebecca Romijn’s failed hour-long dramedy about a newscaster Pepper Dennis, and a remake of the film The Witches of Eastwick, Eastwick. She also starred with Brooke Shields in the Candace Bushnell Sex and the City follow up Lipstick Jungle as a character named Victory Ford. No joke! She also starred in a multiple episode arc of Jack & Jill.
Did someone say Jack & Jill? Before starring on the wildly popular American Horror Story Paulson starred in multiple failed series including slumming it in the ill-fated WB series with Ivan Sergei and Amanda Peet. Not only was she a series regular on that train wreck, she also starred in a few amazing, yet prematurely canceled, series. American Gothic was an addictive supernatural series about a town full of secrets where Paulson played a mentally challenged girl that died and came back as a vengeful spirit. She also starred in Rob Thomas’ follow up to Veronica Mars, Cupid starring Bobby Cannavale. It was a charming little series about a romance expert meeting the disempowered Greek god. It featured the return to television of Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky. She was also lead actress on the critically acclaimed Saturday Night Live satire Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Does this mean the magic of The Supreme is keeping American Horror Story on the air?
Lucas starred on the ABC teen drama Life As We Know It. Despite her stunning good looks, she has had a long run of starring in failed series. She played an irritating fiancé on the remake of Melrose Place. She was in the series Friends with Benefits starring the hilarious and dreamy Ryan Hansen which didn't seem to even make it on the air. She was also on the equally obscure CW series Cult. Sadly, Lucas has had equally unfortunate movie roles with films like The Covenant, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and the Amanda Bynes/Channing Tatum classic, She’s The Man. Could this curse have been the cause of Bynes’ insanity?
Reeser needs an exorcism, stat! She is the perfect blend of girl-next-door, sunshine, and sex appeal. She steals every scene she is in and can deliver both comedy and drama. However, she has had a string of cursed roles. When her deliciously irritating character Taylor Townsend was upgraded to series regular on The OC, it was quickly canceled. She went on to play The Oracle of Delphi in a modern retake on the Aphrodite myth with super sexy Jaime Murray leading Greek gods in trying to bring love to mortals. She was the only good part of the misguided superhero family dramedy No Ordinary Family. She most recently starred in the quickly cancelled military drama Last Resort with Scott Speedman.
Los Angeles authorities are reviewing Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart's sex video for any "criminal activity" as part of an official investigation.
Fans were stunned when footage of the husband-and-wife couple frolicking nude with former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche hit the Internet on Monday.
In the edited clip, the seemingly intoxicated trio lounge on a bed, passing a camera around and dreaming up porn names for each other.
An anonymous source gave the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) a copy of Dane's tape last month, prompting a thorough investigation into the trio's activity on film.
A statement released by the LAPD says, "On July 30, 2009, an unnamed source provided the LAPD's Detective Support and Vice Division with a copy of a DVD. According to the source, the DVD contained images that could link celebrities engaging in illegal activity.
"The LAPD was in the process of reviewing the voluminous files contained on the DVD when the story was leaked to the media. No determination has been made as to whether or not the DVD contained any information that could be used for a criminal investigation. Some of the information contained on the DVD included archived articles and photographs of porn stars and formally convicted madams, which could readily be found over the Internet.
"The LAPD will continue to review the DVD for potential evidence. Therefore, additional information about the contents of the DVD will be treated as confidential."
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Grey's Anatomy actor has threatened to sue anyone who publishes the "private, confidential tape," adding, "from what I've seen, it's a naked tape, not a sex tape."
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It’s the kiss that’s on everyone’s lips this week. After a season of teenage angst and longing, tonight’s season finale of “Dawson’s Creek” (8 p.m. EDT/PDT, WB) features the first passionate homosexual kiss between two men to ever take place on primetime television. In the episode, titled “True Love,” Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), who came out last season after briefly dating Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), shares an onscreen kiss with friend-turned-boyfriend Ethan (Adam Kauffman).
No less than the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has branded the smooch "historic." And while the kiss between Jack and Ethan might indeed be primetimes's first romantic kiss between two men, it's hardly the first gay kiss on the tube.
Herein are some examples of primetime television’s gay and lesbian smooches:
"Melrose Place": On May 18, 1994, Matt (Doug Savant) shares a kiss near the pool with guest-star boyfriend Rob (Ty Miller) -- except you don't see anything because a threatened advertiser boycott goads Fox into cutting away from the liplock.
"Relativity": On Jan. 11, 1997, on this short-lived ABC drama, a lesbian couple caresses, nuzzles and goes for some passionate, open-mouthed kissing.
"Ellen": After coming out in the spring of 1997, Ellen Morgan (Ellen DeGeneres) and friends go on to smooch up a storm -- both for romantic and comedic purposes -- including a liplock between Ellen and best friend Paige (Joely Fisher).
"Party of Five": In 1999, college student Julia Salinger (Neve Campbell) engages in a short-lived lesbian affair with a professor (Olivia D’Abo) after the breakup with her abusive boyfriend.
"Ally McBeal": In a much-watched episode on Nov. 1, 1999, Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) and fellow lawyer and co-worker Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) engage in a 21-second-long kiss.
"Will & Grace": In an episode this season on the NBC sitcom, Will (Eric McCormack) liplocks with his best friend Jack (Sean Hayes) while “The Today Show’s” Al Roker and the rest of the New York crowd and TV audience look on. The scene, though somewhat of a political statement since it is a kiss on the lips between two gay men, is played primarily for laughs.
Awww, young gay love!