12 TV Stars Who Are Jumping Ship — Before Their Show is Canceled

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Debra Messing Smashes Fans' Hearts
Debra Messing Smashes Fans'  Hearts
Craig Blankenhorn/NBC
Oh, Smash — you could have been great. But after two seasons of bad reviews, eye-roll worthy plot lines, a move to Saturdays, and Kat McPhee, Debra Messing said "enough" and joined a yet-untitled comedy pilot from CBS. Harsh, Messing! But she's not the only one. Click on for 11 other stars who jumped ship before the damn thing even sank!

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Ben McKenzie
Ben McKenzie
TNT
But we love Southland! Still, the show's star Ben McKenzie has us worried for its fate — he recently booked The Advocates, a CBS pilot that will feature McKenzie as an ex-con who becomes a victim advocate. {Photo Credit: TNT}

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Shawn Hatosy
Shawn Hatosy
Doug Hyun/USA
Surprise! McKenzie isn't the only one who seems to want out of Southland. His partner Shawn Hatosy secured a Plan B when he nabbed a role on the CBS drama pilot Reckless. It's reckless to mess with Southland fans' hearts, Shawn. {Photo Credit: TNT}
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Benjamin Stockham
Benjamin Stockham
NBC
1600 Penn hasn't been a critical OR a ratings hit, so it's not a huge surprise that the bespectacled Benjamin Stockham gladly took the role of the boy in Jason Katims' small-screen adaptation of About a Boy. His first priority is still Penn, but we're not optimistic on this one. {Photo Credit: NBC}

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Chris D'elia
Chris D'elia
Chris Haston/NBC
No one has ever really liked Whitney, so we can't blame Chris D'elia for taking the lead role in Bill Lawrence's (Scrubs, Cougar Town) NBC pilot Undateable. {Photo Credit: Chris Haston/NBC}

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David Spade
David Spade
Monty Brinton/CBS
Rules of Engagement is one of those shows that no one talks about that has actually been on forever, but David Spade proved that he was okay with saying goodbye when he took a starring role on the ABC pilot Bad Management. {Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS}

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Ken Jeong
Ken Jeong
Michael Desmond/NBC
Ken Jeong has prematurely flown the shell of what was once Community coop with a role on the ABC pilot Spy, and we can't say we blame him. We miss you, Harmon. {Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/NBC}

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Maggie Lawson
Maggie Lawson
Alan Zenuk/USA Network
Fans of USA's Psych are commonly referred to as "Psych-Os," so Maggie Lawson might feel the vitriol if her ABC comedy pilot gets picked up and Psych does, too. Her first priority is to the pilot... maybe she could appear as a hologram? {Photo Credit: Alan Zenuk/USA Network}

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Meghan Ory
Meghan Ory
ABC
This one hurts: Once Upon A Time's Little Red Meghan Ory will abandon her regular role on the show if her CBS drama pilot Intelligence gets picked up. But riddle me this: Is Ory making an intelligent decision? {Photo Credit: ABC}

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Tate Donavan
Tate Donavan
David Giesbrecht/NBC
As if NBC's Revenge-esque thriller Deception needed any more problems — star Tate Donavan has accepted a role on CBS' Jerry Bruckheimer pilot, Hostages. {Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/NBC}

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Will Arnett
Will Arnett
Colleen Hayes/NBC
Will Arnett probably didn't stay Up All Night tossing and turning over the decision to leave his struggling show. With Appelgate gone and weird psychedelic baby plots being pitched, just cancel it, already. Arnett has already hopped over to CBS (seeing a common trend, here?) for Greg Garcia's new comedy pilot. {Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC}

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Zach Cregger
Zach Cregger
Vivian Zink/NBC
True or false: Guys With Kids is still on television. If you guessed "false," then you have way too much faith in humanity. Still, Zach Cregger knows a sinking ship when he's on one, so he jumped over to NBC's comedy pilot Assistance.{Photo Credit: Vivian Zink/NBC}

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