'Windfall"s Jason Gedrick: Show killer?

155529__jason_lSome folks might say that Jason Gedrick (pictured, with costar Sarah Wynter) is to network TV what Zippy Chippy is to horse racing: The dude just can’t seem to find the winner’s circle. Still, despite the fact that Gedrick is the veteran of seven short-lived series, there’s one difference between him and the 0 for 100 gelding: The actor, whose Windfall premieres on NBC tonight (our Gillian Flynn gives it a B), actually has talent (as anyone who’s seen his work in Boomtown or EZ Streets can attest).

Unfortunately, though, Gedrick’s lack of ratings success puts him in a group of actors known as ”show killers,” or as EW’s Josh Wolk more optimistically — and perhaps more fairly — refers to them, ”itinerant stars.” After all, formerly cursed thespians like George Clooney and Lauren Graham (anyone recall her brilliant but cancelled M.Y.O.B.?) managed to escape the club, and someday I’m hoping my favorite current member, the lovely and amusing Paula Marshall (late of Cupid, Out of Practice, Snoops, etc.), will do the same.

How about you, PopWatchers? If you could give one unlucky actor a winning ticket to a hit series, who would it be, and why?

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  • Michelle

    Bonnie Hunt deserves to have a hugely successful show that will run for years and years and years.

  • Adair

    Gonna have to go with the PopWatch standard answer of “Anyone from Arrested Development.”

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    This is THE most retarded concept ever shown on the small screen. Can we please have a sitcom about a female public librarian dealing with dysfunctional customers, querky staffers, and her wisecracking family? I live it every day. Title:”Overdue”. It’s a sure fire hit.

  • Vance

    MYG, I loved MYOB and Cupid (and thankfully, Lauren Graham and Jeremy Piven finally found their living shows in Gilmore Girls and Entourage). I think my next vote goes to Bonnie Hunt, Paget Brewster or Chris Gorham.

  • Sarah

    Carla Gugino (did I spell that right?) from Threshold, Karen Sisco and numerous other things.
    She has so much appeal but doenst seem to have a show.
    Whats up with that?

  • Amy Cohen

    I am so suprised the article did not mention poor Chyler Leigh…she can’t seem to catch a break…”Reunion,” “That 80s Show”, “Girl’s Club”, “Safe Harbor”, and “The Practice” which was cancelled the season after she came on…poor girl!

  • Justin

    Chris Gorham from “Popular”, “Out of Practice”, “Odyssey 5″, “Jake 2.0″ He’s a great actor and easy on the eyes. I would watch him in a show where he just mows the lawn.

  • Kary

    I still curse CBS for cancelling EZ Streets; that was one of the best shows ever. According to IMDB, Bonnie’s doing another pilot. Fingers crossed!

  • Melissa

    Bonnie Hunt, definitely! I’ve always watched her shows and must be the only one who does because they always get cancelled! Paget Brewster is in “Huff” (one of the best shows on nowadays) on Showtime.

  • Brett

    Jason Gedrick’s work in “Murder One” was friggin brilliant. The fact that they put it up against MAMMOTH ‘ER’ in it’s prime was the reason it was “D.O.A”, not Jason’s career. Seriously, if you all are in 24 withdrawl, order up the first season of Murder One and try and figure out who the killer is… I dare ya!

  • Ben

    Caroline Dhavernas of “Wonderfalls”. I think she did an awesome job on that show, and I would love to see her in something else well-written.

  • Maeve

    I know this is so not the topic…
    Can we get some love for Big Love on PopWatch? The finale was so heartbreaking.

  • D

    Have you seen Paula Marshall on Veronica Mars? She’s only a guest star but hey it’s something. She must have stayed friends with Rob Thomas from the Cupid days.
    Also, I also choose the entire AD cast. Still can’t believe the show was cancelled. Can you taste the sadness?

  • Miles

    I came to write down Bonnie Hunt, she is so sensitive, she needs a one hour dramedy, cause she can make me cry and laugh at the same time… come on networks… take a chance on BONNIE.

  • lisa

    Eric Balfour. He’s guest starred on Buffy, Six Feet Under, 24 and The O.C. But all his shows that he’s been on regularly have failed. Hawaii; Sex, Love and Secrets; Conviction. Also, Fearless, though that never made it on tv.

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