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January 30 2011

TV Stars in need of of a TV Show. A couple of our favorite Whedon-stars are noted, one that is getting one, and the other hopefully to bounce back because she is a real doll and we know that TV is her 'tru' calling...

Hmm. The link praises her work on 'Big Bang Theory' but from what I've seen elsewhere, it wasn't much liked.
Jason Bateman is doing movies and he's wrong - Kings WAS great. I can think of a lot of Whedon alums I'd give shows to over Eliza. Maybe some that haven't already had a few? And no, I didn't think she was too good on BBT, but I did like her boyfriend's cameo on another episode.
Hopefully, Eliza will be too busy this spring donning a jumpsuit and proton pack to worry about a series right now.
Tru Calling was one of the worst shows ever. Fox should not be criticised for cancelling it, they should be thanked. They should be criticised for commissioning it past a pilot in the first place!

I'd rate Felicia Day, who has more than shown her talents through The Guild on youtube, as far more worthy of her own TV show than Eliza who has pretty much gone and blown her career.

SMG doesn't need a TV series; she needs a film.

[ edited by SeanHarry on 2011-01-31 01:20 ]
Hopefully, Eliza will be too busy this spring donning a jumpsuit and proton pack to worry about a series right now.

Oh Lord, I hope not. I like the Ghostbusters films!
Tru Calling was a bad show?

I loved it!

I mean, it got pretty story-of-the-week in the middle of the first season, but the beginning of the series and the end of the first season on through the rest of the series was amazing in my opinion.

I've even read some of what the producers had planned for the rest of season two and beyond and it really seemed like it would have been a great story.

Eliza's acting isn't that bad, SeanHarry. It's pretty good, actually... especially when compared to some of the actors on TV these days.

I always prefer TV to films, so I want Eliza and every other amazing Whedonverse actor to headline sci-fi/fantasy TV shows.

I do agree that Felicia Day needs her own show. But at the same time, I want her to just go deeper into The Guild. Make it bigger and better than ever. But who knows.
@SeanHarry

That's a bit harsh. I for one always enjoy seeing Eliza. However, I really don't understand why she accepted most of the c-movie roles she played in recent times. If her agent is to blame, she should find a new one asap. Come on Eliza, I know you can do better!
Add Alexis Denisof to that and you have a list.
I've always enjoyed Eliza's work, personally, in the Whedonverse and in the occasional other thing (She was great in Nobel Son, for instance.)

But, if I was making a list of people to give TV shows to, I'd start with Alexis Denisof, and continue with Amy Acker, Dichen Lachman, Felicia Day, and Sean Maher. I'd love to see what any one of them would do as the lead in a well-written series (preferably a nice action/drama/comedy blend, but I'll take almost any genre as long as it's well-written).
Personally, I've always just felt that Eliza has never been the most interesting part of a show where she's the lead. I've always found her to be much better in a supporting role.
I think my main issue with Eliza as the lead of a show is that they always play her to be the hero. I mean we can say that about SMG in Buffy, but you can see (through the scripting) the issues that she had with being a hero. She was never infalliable, while Tru Davies was written as little miss tries so hard and never questions it. Although at the end of s1 that was different and s2 was shaping up for something good, pity we were the only ones to watch.
Would ahve liked to see where they would have taken Nurses had that been picked up, but I'm afeared it may have ventured down 2 dimensional hero character again. It seems to be a "superman-complex" with her castings.
I thought "Kings" was very good indeed. I think it failed to find an audience because the network was afraid to market it to people who have read the Bible, and people who haven't read the Bible missed half of what it was about. Watching "Kings" without being familiar with the details of the stories of Saul and David is like watching Serenity the movie without having seen an episode of Firefly or reading The Dark Knght Returns without ever having read an earlier Batman comic.

(I lent TDKR to my father, not remembering that he was already an adult past comic book reading age when the character was created, and he couldn't make heads or tails of it.)
Felicia Day ..........,as far more worthy of her own TV show than Eliza who has pretty much gone and blown her career.
SeanHarry | January 31, 01:19 CET


Blown her career?? I couldn't disagree more and look forward to seeing Eliza prove you dead wrong, as I'm certain she will.

How about J. August Richards? He's proven in two short lived lawyer shows that he can play more than the "muscle". And Amy Acker in something worthy of her talents, which that show she was in briefly last year, definitely wasn't.
Theres so many Whedonverse guys I'd love to have their own show or be part of a show.

Nicholas Brendon for starters is one of the most underrated actors from the Whedonverse. When given the chance he has some serious acting chops.

Alexis Denisof, Amber Benson, Felicia Day(The Guild given a full TV series?), Amy Acker, the whole Serenity cast who havent got shows. Basically all of them lol.

Don't like being a hater so wont go to far on Eliza but she has accepted some strange roles in her time, she plays a great Faith and had a few moments in Dollhouse but she was often outshone by all of her cast mates. She wasn't to blame for her Big Bang role as she was playing the straight man role and wasn't given much. Maybe she could do well in a sitcom.

[ edited by faneater on 2011-01-31 11:51 ]
Eliza hasn't blown her career, in fact she's more of a media darling than she's ever been before. Eliza's time is coming. In my opinion she hasn't hit her career peak yet.

Everything about her has changed over the past few years, including yes her face from age or plastic surgery, whatever you think, but either way it's definitely gotten more feminine. And she's gotten a lot skinnier. Also more feminine is her style and she is going a lot more classic now. And her personality is more grown up and sure of herself. She looks, dresses, and acts more like a Hollywood girl now.

So I really think Eliza's 30s are going to be her best in her career yet.
I ditto the thinking that Amber Benson needs to be back on TV, as a regular in a series.
Does anyone else wish really deep down that all the ex members of Firefly would suddenly all become unemployed and then the networks would have to beg Joss to make more Firefly just to keep such talented actors happy. Just me...ok more people need to join in the wishing.
Umm. Didn't Brett and Germaine decide that they didn't want to do a third season of FoTC because it was too hard to come up with enough new material and they'd rather focus on their music career? It was an odd show, but I liked it. Personally, I'd rather see "Murray" in more shows.
Does anyone else wish really deep down that all the ex members of Firefly would suddenly all become unemployed and then the networks would have to beg Joss to make more Firefly just to keep such talented actors happy. Just me...ok more people need to join in the wishing.

Kind of ashamed to admit it, but yes - you're not alone.
I love Eliza in all her movies. Loved her bit part in Bottle Shock. It's these little parts that she has shined in so far. I am almost sorry to say that she will always be Faith to me. That's what happens when you own a part and play it so well.

@treenie & brinderwalt - me three. And I'm not ashamed. I freely admit it.
One can't unscramble an egg, but . . . if Firefly II were set after the events of the movie, with generous flashbacks (so we could see some of what Joss had planned for Inara and the Shepherd in seasons two and three), several of the cast would more logically be in recurring roles than regulars. I rather think most of them would find a way to do this even if they were employed. Firefly was an ensemble show, and I would hope to see some of the Dollhouse cast involved in Firefly II as well. Dream on . . .
How about ALL of them? Just call it Whedonverse and have any and everyone who wants in to make a great big playground for Joss to play in.
"Just call it Whedonverse..."

I like it. *imagines* A weekly show built around an openly defined community of people with many stories to tell about what it means to be alive...

You're traveling through another reality, a reality not only of action and humor, but of meaning. A journey into a spendiferous land whose boundaries are that of being human. That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop, the Whedonverse!

AKA: Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, etc. :( I miss Joss on TV. *sigh*

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