Friday, October 20, 2006

Classic Debate Series - Vol. 2 - Double Actor

i was pondering -- who do you think is among the most successful actors/actresses that have starred in two unrelated sitcom/tv series -- in the last 15-20 years?

some thoughts:

kelly and valerie -- tiffany amber thiessen - saved by the bell and 90210

paige and whatever her housewife name is -- nicolette sheridan -- knots landing and desperate housewives (i realize you boys may have not watched knots landing, but it was a huge hit during its prime and she was a major character)

zach and whatever his name was on nypd blue -- mark paul gausselear (sp?) -- saved by the bell and nypd blue

elaine and christine -- julia louis-dreyfuss -- seinfeld and the new adventures of old christine -- she did just win an emmy -- but this seems to recent...

-Moose (posting for Beamer)


At Friday, October 20, 2006 4:52:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

Let me offer up that the best that I can come up with is Ted Danson, who was Sam "Mayday" Malone in "Cheers" and Becker in "Becker". (At least I guess he was Becker, I've never seen the show. I did Becker. "Becker" was actually on tv for seven years, which I find pretty incredible.)


At Friday, October 20, 2006 8:13:00 PM, Blogger michael budelsky said...

Mmm. This is a good one.

There are currently a lot "early potential" folks out there to join Julie LD (who already has a year under her belt with New Adventures, although I don't think I've met a single person who has watched that show) including John Lithgow (3rd Rock, 20 Good Years), Matthew Perry (Friends, Studio 60), Bradley Whitford (West Wing, Studio 60), Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock). I think we can safely say that the majority of these second shots will fail, but somebody is bound to get through.

Incredibly, Ted Danson is going for a 3-peat with Help Me Help You.

Don't forget Neil Patrick Harris with Doogie Howser and How I Met Your Mother.

Here's a really good one: Matthew Fox (Party of 5 and Lost).

I think it is most impressive if you have a guy who does 2 completely different types of shows, like a sitcom and a serious drama. Like Matthew Perry and Mark Paul Gosselear. Or how about Thomas Gibson (Dharma & Greg and Criminal Minds). Let's not forget Rick Schroder (also NYPD Blue and Silver Spoons). Another NYPD Blue guy, David Caruso, seems to be doing OK with CSI Miami. Actually, we could do a whole discussion on NYPD Blue alone -- don't forget Jimmy Smits (LA Law, NYPD, and you could even throw in West Wing).

At Friday, October 20, 2006 9:30:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

I agree that it should be someone who plays totally different roles. Wayne Knight basically played the same role in Seinfeld and 3rd Rock. Jerry Stiller has basically played the same role in everything that he's ever played.


At Monday, October 23, 2006 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Cinci-T said...

And the winner is:
Ted McGinley (the quarterback in Revenge of the Nerds)
Happy Days
The John Larroquette Show
Married With Children
Sports Night
West Wing
The Justice League
Hope & Faith

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 10:06:00 AM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

When you think about it, the cast of Party of Five has an incredibly strong pedigree:

Matthew Fox
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Ghost Whisperer
The guy who played Bailey - The Nine

That is not even taking into account how many members of this cast starred in movies.

However, I think actor who has to be number one is....Ron Howard. He had two separate shows and in both shows, he created two iconic characters. What is more, those two characters are the only characters he ever played on TV. Ron Howard is the champ of this category - case closed.

Going with the happy days theme, you should also consider Scott Baio for his performance as Chachi and Charles. Going from Charles in Charge, you can't forget the guy who played Buddy and the son from 8 is enough as well as the chick who played the hot daughter and a lifeguard on Bay Watch. Going with Bay Watch, you also have to look at David Hasselhoff for his roles in Baywatch and NightRider but hw should not count because we are talking about sitcoms which also eliminates most of the Party of Five cast.

Still, the clear winner is Ron Howard.

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 1:53:00 PM, Blogger michael budelsky said...

I feel like we are really getting somewhere on this one.

I think it makes sense to focus on actors who were either the clear star of the show or were among the core of regular leads, and who were on it throughout the show's life (this hurts actors on shows like NYPD Blue, who "plugged in" for several seasons). Also, the show needs to be at least a minor hit, which in my mind means that it needs to last long enough to make it into syndication (4-5 years?). That's why I wouldn't include Ted McGinly -- mostly supporting roles, and several shows that never really went anywhere.

For the new people whose second show we need to keep track of (but seem to be doing well so far), we have: Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Matthew Fox, and Neil Patrick Harris.

For clear, successful 2 show actors: David Hasselhoff, Ted Danson, and Ron Howard. If we reach back in time for Ron Howard, then we should probably also include Bill Cosby (Get Smart and Cosby Show).

I would also suggest as honorable mentions (mainly because their #2 show was on a network with less exposure): Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap was a true hit, although his Star Trek show barely limped into syndication), and Richard Dean Anderson (obviously MacGyver was huge, but did you also know that Stargate SG1 has been on since 1997?!?)

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:14:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

For Bill Cosby, I think you mean I Spy and Cosby Show (Get Smart is with Don Adams.)

I still contend that no one will be able to top Ron Howard. Both shows are considered iconic television sitcoms - sitcoms that defined the genre of the sitcom at the time period. Both were runaway hits. Ron Howard played a crucial part in both series.

Is we are ranking stars, I challenge anyone to top him.

Oh shit, I just came up with someone who might top him. Mary Tyler Moore.

At Tuesday, October 24, 2006 3:22:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

For modern day actors, I think the list has to include the actors which I did not see listed already (I am limiting this analysis to sitcoms):

Bill Cosby - The Cosby Show and Cosby
Charlie Shee - Spin City, Two and a Half Men (this is a stretch as it was more a case of stunt casting in Spin City)
Michael J. Fox - Family Ties, Spin City
Alfonso Rivera - Silver Spoons, Fresh Prince of Bel Air

At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 3:52:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

well, when i originally thought of this question, i thought of ron howard -- but didn't list him as my question says the last 15-20 years...but if we are expanding our timeline, then he is in.

bjorn had a good one too -- william shatner. star trek (if reaching back), tj hooker and boston legal

- beamer

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about David Hasselhoff -- Baywatch and Night Rider. He is definitely one of our finest actors. Just ask the Germans and Japanese.

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about David Hasselhoff -- Baywatch and Night Rider. He is definitely one of our finest actors. Just ask the Germans and Japanese.


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