Every TV show has a breakout character, but it takes a rare talent to be a breakout actor. That is, a Seinfeld bigger than Seinfeld — an actor who became much more famous than the show that put him or her on the map in the first place.
These are the performers who not only steal the show, but run away with it and never give it back again. Why is Matt Bomer more of a household name than White Collar? Will Mike & Molly go down in history as anything but Melissa McCarthy's pop-out vehicle? Were people watching Entourage for Jeremy Piven, or those other guys?
This isn't to say that the shows from which these stars broke out are bad. No, it's quite the opposite — these shows hit quality gold when they cast these actors, who just happened to be so good that they completely skyrocketed past their TV homes in the popularity contest that is the Hollywood machine.
Check out our gallery of stars who managed to beat their shows to the fame punch:
Stars Who Out-Famed Their TV Shows
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Up All Night: Two SNL lady legends will reunite when Rachel Dratch guests on the second season of Up All Night alongside fellow alum and former co-star Maya Rudolph. Dratch will play Linda, a giant fan of Rudolph's Oprah-lite Ava, who is ecstatic when she's given memorabilia from Ava's show. (This isn't the first time Dratch has lent a funny bone to a former SNL co-star's show — she's a frequent guest on 30 Rock with Tina Fey.) [THR]
How I Met Your Mother: Better call Saul — especially if you need someone to guest on your show again! Bob Odenkirk, who plays Breaking Bad's resident douche-lawyer Saul Goodman, will return to CBS's long-running comedy in Season 8, reprising his role as Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) GNB boss Arthur Hobbs. Odenkirk will pop up in the season's second episode. [TVLine]
White Collar: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is set to join Season 4 of USA's Matt Bomer bonanza as Amanda Callaway, the new gal in charge at the New York White Collar Division. She'll keep an eye on Bomer and Tim DeKay for at least two episodes. [TVLine]
Smash: Broadway and Dreamgirls diva Sheryl Lee Ralph has been tapped to play Cynthia, the mother of Jennifer Hudson's character Veronica Moore, who will be introduced in the upcoming second season of NBC's musical dramedy. It's a vote of confidence for the meat of Hudson's role that we're already going to meet her mother, who may wax more Bernadette Peters in her matriarchy (Peters guested as Megan Hilty's character's stage mom extraordinaire last season). [Vulture]
Suburgatory: Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin will play Cheryl Hines' character Dallas's post-divorce life coach. [TVLine]
Arrow: Torchwood star John Barrowman will recur on The CW's new superhero drama as a "mysterious," "well-dressed man." [EW]
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The Magic Mike star and his boyfriend, celebrity publicist Simon Halls, will be feted at the organisation's annual GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles in October (12) for their "meaningful contributions toward creating a world where every child learns to respect and accept all people".
Bomer confirmed he is gay in February (12), when he publicly acknowledged Halls and their three children while accepting an award for HIV/AIDS activism, and he recently voiced his hope that his big step would encourage others to make a difference in the gay community by following suit.
He said, "They (young people) need saving, certainly in this day and age as much as ever - no matter how much we think we've progressed... What we really have to do is stop the adjective before the job title - whether it's 'black actor,' a 'gay actor' or 'anything actor'.
"Everybody thinks that equality comes from identifying people, and that's not where equality comes from. Equality comes from treating everybody the same regardless of who they are... It's time to move out of 1992."
It finally happened. Women (and men) of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and ages have put their differences aside and agreed on one thing: the stripper flick Magic Mike is hot and we don’t care who knows it! Goodness even my own mother met up with her gang for a girls' night out filled with giggles, gasps and cock-tails. Hollywood.com gushed with Magic Mike star Cody Horn at the 2012 ESPYs, about the film's wide range of audience members. "I don’t know how old your mom is, but I've been getting really funny texts from women in like their seventies saying 'I went with the girls!' and I’m like, well go for it!" she said. Now there is only one thing that could make Magic Mike even better: a sequel. (We have a few prequel ideas.). Channing Tatum heard your nightly prayers and recently confirmed to Glamour Magazine that a Magic Mike 2 is definitely in the works, "Yes, yes and yes! We're working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger." Hear that? That’s the sound of women squealing.
On the red carpet, Horn was all zipped up in a body-hugging white dress, but she definitely unzipped her lips and spilled her thoughts on the sexy sequel. "I think we should make a Magic Mike: The Golden Years," Horn told me with a laugh, "Where we all come back and we’re stopping our children from going down that path, too. I think that would be funny." Oh yes, there’s just something about Gold Bond powder and orthotics that really gets the ladies all hot-and-bothered. (Please note the heavy sarcasm.) While details and dates surrounding the stripper sequel are still very hush-hush, the 22-year-old actress reveals there is one spin-off that’s definitely in the works. Horn says, "I know that Broadway is happening so that’s pretty exciting." Soon women will be able to watch sexy men strip live onstage, but they can call it classy because it's a show on Broadway! And speaking of classy, I asked the sexy starlet which co-star she'd be most excited to receive a 'private dance' from. From Channing's chiseled chest to Matt Bomer’s electrifying blue eyes and Joe Manganiello’s massive um… smile, there's plenty of eye-candy to choose from. So I have to admit, I was a little shocked by her answer: "Kevin Nash man!" Her reason? "I mean, phew, that beast, he’s just a beast!" Fair enough. Of course, I made sure to tell Cody that Hollywood.com painstakingly created a Magic Mike drinking game and after her initial shock ("No way?!") she was definitely interested in following the rules at her next viewing. Horn told me with a grin, "I’m kind of past my heydays of drinking but anything for Magic Mike, let’s be real." Oh honey, we couldn’t agree with you more! Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera [PHOTO CREDIT: Because I Am Fabulous.com] More: 'Magic Mike' Drinking Game: The Rules 'Magic Mike' Sequel: Here Is How They Should Write It Joe Manganiello Hints at a 'Magic Mike' Prequel
How many times have you seen the stripper flick? Excited for a Magic Mike 2? Shout out your thought in the comments below!
It's been a big year for Matthew Bomer and a lot has changed since the last season of White Collar, his I'm-a-con-man-but-I-work-for-the-feds-and-seduce-ladies-and-hang-with-Kelly-Kapowski USA brocedural (that is a procedural that stars a man). First of all, he came out of the closet, which is a pretty big deal since he plays a sexy ladies' man on the show. Secondly, he played a sexy ladies' man and stripper in Magic Mike, which means his slabs of beefcake have been plastered all over man-loving websites from here to BomerBordello.com and back. Considering his star is on the rise, I thought I'd check this show out for the first time.
I will say, I was not disappointed. There were two scenes where Matt Boner — I mean Bomer, sorry — is without his shirt. That's about all the excitement I needed. But shameless flesh aside, the show had some rock-'em, sock-'em action as well. At the end of last season (based only on what happened in the first episode and the "last season on White Collar" montage that started the episode) Neal (Bomer's character) had to take off because the Feds wanted to prosecute him for crimes he committed, possibly something having to do with a whole Scrooge McDuck vault full of treasures and forgeries he found.
He winds up in a picturesque tropical island where he spends his days hanging out with Stanford Blatch, Carrie Bradshaw's best friend from Sex and the City, and trying to woo the hot macchiato-colored lady who owns the local cafe. There's also some plot about getting protection from the guy who runs the island and a kid and his papayas, but that was all very silly.
Back in New York, Peter Burke, Neal's friend, and his wife Kelly Kapowski are trying to find Neal so that they can warn him that the FBI sent this mean guy named Agent Cooper (a welcome Mekhi Phifer) to find him, dead or alive (just like the Bon Jovi song). They don't know where to look so they find this old lady who is a good friend of Neal's who gives them a pager number to contact him. A pager! Remember those? For all the kids out there, it was sort of like a text message except the only thing you could send was your phone number and then someone had to call you on a land line or one of these things where it was like a cell phone but it was attached to the wall and you had to put a quarter in it to get it to work! Yes. Can you even imagine the inconvenience?
Peter pages Neal and he calls him back on a cell phone because this is the future and Neal figures out that he's on beautiful Cape Verde which sounds like a kind of burrito I would order. (Mmmmm. I just figured out what I'm having for lunch!) So, Peter goes to find him but Agent Cooper (not the one from Twin Peaks) is hot on his trail and they both show up in Cape Verde at the same time and Neal uses the papaya kid, the cafe owner he's screwing (thanks to a sand sculpture of the New York skyline, I kid you not), and the guy he paid for protection to escape. Neal and Stanford Blatch and Peter all sail off into the sunset to go to another island and avoid the cops for a little bit longer.
But what does this mean for season three? Are they just going to go to a new island every week for Neal to sleep with another lady like it's The Love Boat and Fantasy Island at the same time? I wouldn't mind if they stayed near the beach because the beach means bathing suits and that means shirtlessness and that means my DVR will be set. They've eventually going to have to come back to New York though, because that is where the show is most exciting and, come on, how many tropical locations can one modestly successful cable TV show really afford?
Did you guys watch? What did you think of shirtless Matthew Bomer?
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The sexy star plays Channing Tatum's love interest in the saucy film about a troupe of male strippers, and in one particular sequence the 32 year old was expected to strip down for the cameras as her character stepped out of the shower.
But conservative Munn admits she was so self-conscious about baring her boobs, she wouldn't let her hunky co-stars Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello stick around for moral support.
She tells New York Magazine, "My character was getting out of the shower and to keep it as realistic as possible I didn't wear a shirt in the shower. The day of the shoot, I locked it down. I only wanted the people who absolutely had to be there. I even cleared out video village (the playback room), which you'd normally forget about."
The guys were also asked to bare all in the movie, but the actress insists they were far more confident, adding, "When they'd (the producers) yell 'Cut!' I'd get my robe. The guys? They'd still be all a**es shaking, walking around. They didn't put their robes on ever."
Tatum, who worked as a bare-it-all dancer in Florida in his late teens, teamed up with top director Steven Soderbergh and turned his story into hit new movie Magic Mike.
Screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin recently revealed plans to take the stripper tale to the Big Apple and Hollywood hunk Tatum reveals it was actually Bomer's idea to put the story on stage.
He explains, "Matt started singing some of the songs while he was onstage (in the film), and he was like, 'This would kill as a musical.' That cemented it for me."
Soderbergh is already onboard for the screen-to-stage project and Carolin tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "We want it to be a place where women can scream at the dancers and throw money."
But Tatum isn't sure he'll return for the musical: "I'd need a lot of singing classes."
All anyone with an appreciation of movies or the male form can talk about right now is Magic Mike the Channing Tatum male stripper movie that is shaking its junk in America's face right now. But when it's a hit at the box office, what are they going to do about a sequel? Well, we dreamed up a few ideas to get those screenwriters minds whirling. (Warning: I'm going to be disclosing some plot details, so if you don't want any spoilers, stop reading the story. But it's not like it really matters. You didn't go see Magic Mike for the story!)
Moons Over Miami
The crew is obsessed about leaving Tampa and opening a bigger, badder, ballsier strip club somewhere in Miami. In this sequel, they actually do! Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) opens the strip emporium of his dreams and brings along equity partner The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) and some of the boys (and some new talent) to help him. The problem is the location he's chosen is home to a female strip club that doesn't want to give up its lease or its liquor license so Dallas can open shop. A showdown between male and female strippers occurs until everyone is just a writhing naked mess on stage. Some of them bang. They decide to combine the strip clubs so that husbands and wives can come and watch naked people together. Isn't that what everyone wants?
Big Dick Richie's Big Adventure
Really, the only thing we know about Joe Manganiello's character is that he has a huge johnson and loves his penis pump. Well, what would happen if, one day, his penis pump disappeared? Yes, it has been stolen! But by whom? A despondent and shirtless Richie, so inconsolable he can't wear a shirt, goes on a cross country journey in search of his missing penis pump, and runs into all sorts of outrageous characters on the way, including Pee-Wee Herman, who's wee pee made him steal the device in the first place.
Dallas Does Dallas
We know that Dallas eventually gets to Tampa to become a stripper and run the Magic Mike show, but how did he get there? This is a prequel where a young Dallas (played by Hunter Parrish) is a good Texas boy whose father is a preacher and whose mother deserted him when he was a boy. He was a very shy guy who didn't have much luck with the ladies, but worked hard on daddy's farm. One day, after baling all that hay and gettin' along with all the dogies, a nice older lady going through town notices how buff he is. He gets a job in a traveling male review called Clydesdales, where he wears nothing but a thong, a bowtie, a mullet, and a smile. And on the way to learning how to become a stripper, Dallas learns how to become a man.
Ken and the Doll
Really the only thing that we see Matt Bomer's stripper alter ego Ken do is let The Kid sleep with his big-tittied wife because he loves The Kid so damn much. You know why? Because he's gay. Sadly he has to leave Juggs McGee behind to go on his new journey where he discovers his true homosexual self and realizes that guys who strip for other guys make a hell of a lot more money than guys who strip for girls. But in the end, he gives it all up for the one person he loves. Do all stripper movies have to end that way, even the gay ones?
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Let me start out by saying that Magic Mike is a solid, fascinating film that would be enjoyable in any state of mind, and that Hollywood.com in no way endorses sneaking alcohol into movie theaters. But sometimes they hire people who do, and I entered my industry-packed screening last night with the full intention of creating a fun drinking game that will make you and your cohorts feel as sky-high as those lucky Magic Mike strip club extras. We hate them. We hate them so much.
So without further ado, soak up (or print out) the rules that myself and Hollywood.com's Leanne Aguilera painstakingly created after hours of careful deliberation, (or minutes of giggling at The Cheesecake Factory), find an unlucky designated driver, and lose yourself in the official Magic Mike Drinking Game!
Take One Drink:
During any gyration
When you find yourself getting jealous of an extra
Any time Mike and Paige converse, awkwardly
When you see a thong
Any time you see a stereotypical stripper costume (fireman, cop, etc.)
When Matthew McConaughay's nipples are front and center
Whenever Alex Pettyfer looks or acts shady
When find yourself actually admiring the dancing
Take Two Drinks:
Whenever your favorite man gets his solo
When you find yourself wishing Matt Bomer was straight (Ladies drink! Sorry, gays.)
When you see more of Olivia Munn than you wanted to see (We came here for the dudes!)
When there's a pig on-screen
When there's a visible penis-pump (Also, when it's mentioned. Why not?)
When a Marilyn Monroe dress makes an appearance
Take Three Drinks:
When you see the "penis shadow." You'll know what we mean.
Any time Channing Tatum does a backflip
When you hear Ginuwine (Because he's Donna Meagle's cousin!)
"So, how pregnant did you get that girl's mouth?" (You'll know it when you see it.)
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Has there been a recent movie better suited for the Broadway stage than Magic Mike? Sorry, Avengers — maybe if Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark wasn't a disaster.
Magic Mike is everything the White Way calls for: it's campy, whimsical, and willing to have fun with itself. But it's also down-to-earth, emotionally rife, and imbued with an honest and poignant story. Plus, naked dudes. So Broadway, here we come! Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh and star/producer Channing Tatum are developing their stipper-centric dramedy, which hits theaters today, for the stage.
The excellent cast of Mike (or Magic? Which is the appropriate shorthand?) also includes torsoholic bait Alex Pettyfer, Joe Mangianello, Matt Bomer, and Matthew McConaughey, and although some of these men are indubitably gifted with golden tongues (Bomer especially), the Broadway incarnation of the film is bound to seek a new array of young, abdominally-inclined stage actors. Here's a few suggestions:
Daniel Radcliffe as The Kid (Pettyfer)
The unstoppable force that is the Harry Potter player can take on the role of the young newcomer to the stripping game. He's got talent, innocence, and experience battling Death Eaters.
Hugh Jackman as Dallas (McConaughey)
Couldn't you see Jackman operating a male strip club in real life? The most dashing man in the entire world can easily handle McConaughey's slimy manager who'd sell you down the river for an extra buck, and keep us loving him all the while.
Andrew Garfield as Big Dick Richie (Mangianello)
Spider-Man as a stripper, eh? Kind of makes you think of this. And that's worth the casting.
Neil Patrick Harris as Every Other Supporting Character
The omni-talented NPH doesn't even need to separate his roles by scene; the guy can handle multiple characters literally at the same time. Saying otherwise is just blasphemy.
Channing Tatum as Magic Mike
No one can replace the Tatum. Over the course of 2012, the actor has proven himself to be one of Hollywood's most valuable assets, both on camera and behind the scenes. If a Magic Mike musical does make it to the stage, Tatum has got to be on board as the central star. They can teach him to sing, right? He's already good at everything else...
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