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January 25 2005

Alyson Hannigan left 'In The Game' over creative differences. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson says "[her] role kind of diminished ... she was unhappy and wanted off the show, so we allowed her to leave".

I'm actually not so sad about this because I generally want my Buffy guys in dramas because:
1. They hopefully get to use more of their range in dramas (and Aly have such wonderful range). :)
2. And don't really watch any sitcoms and I would really want to follow any Jossverse actor's work.
That's why I think Aly's appearance in Veronica Mars really is a great thing and I so hope that she will become a regular.
Well, I'm sad for Alyson. She must've been very excited about getting this opportunity only to see the role diminish (foolish people - the more Aly the better). I'm glad they let her out of her contract so she can find something else. Hopefully her guest appearance on VM will go well.
Drama is where the respect it. As much as a great sitcom may win Emmys or whatever the feeling is that it's the drama stars who are "real" actors and get the real plaudits.
I think that the Veronica Mars thing will go really well though. I've heard that they begged for her sign... :D That's always a good starting position. And Aly's is so sweet (or so it seems atleast :P) that I'm sure they'll want her to stick around. I'll say that there's probably a 50% chance she'll become a regular if she wants to.
Drama is where the respect it. As much as a great sitcom may win Emmys or whatever the feeling is that it's the drama stars who are "real" actors and get the real plaudits.

Which, honestly, is kinda silly since, as the adage goes... "Dying's easy. Comedy, that's hard." And it's so true, which is why you see so many comedic actors/comedians being great in dramatic roles, without the same reciprocity of their more standard counterparts. Another thing that made Buffy great... it forced the actors to be comedic actors as well as dramatic ones, which can only help them in the future.
That sucks!Her career is really going downhill.She should've kept on going while she was young.
Oh Slayer246, that's a silly remark.

I'm glad to see our Alyson looking out for the integrity (meaning the totality of the job she was hired for, not the role itself per se, *cough* American Pie *cough*) of her roles. They apparently hired her for one thing, then did a bait & switch on her. You go Alyson! Make 'em stick to their word, or walk.
Aly's far better off trying to land something better during pilot season and doing a guest stint on VM, then staying on a sitcom that's destined to be canceled after four episodes.
Should have kept going while she was young?!?!? And what is she now? Close to retirement?

Agreed FaithFan, at least Alyson is going to be part of a show that has some kind of future now. Veronica Mars will provide her with a much better chance to shine than any comedy show could give her.
Yay! I'm sorry for her that her show didn't work out, but I totally agree with Djungelurban. I would hate to see her in some crappy sitcom. She deserves better than that. Aly is a great actress who could carry her own (drama) show. Possibly something like Willow The Series!
Its nice to see that Alys role would be a co-starring, and without she, the role will be only recurring :p
When's Aly's first appearance on VM?
riaspark17 - Tuesday, February 22, at 9/8c on UPN.

[Edited because I got my months way confused. Uggh. It's midterms week and I've been having computer trouble. Thanks, jeebs!]

[ edited by Invisible Green on 2005-01-25 08:21 ]
...erm, you mean *February* 22, but hey, I understand. November was a tough month for a lot of us

[ edited by jeebs on 2005-01-25 07:04 ]
Well I'd hate to work in this biz like that because it's so fickle. Even when you're hired, nothing is certain and that's even apart from ratings. So I feel bad for her.

But I do have that thing where part of me would hate to see people like Aly wasted in sitcoms. Which is pretty much because I think 95% of american sitcoms are painstakingly awful these days.

Oh and yeah what's with the 'while she was young' stuff?? Did she age 20 years since Buffy ended?
The only sitcom worth watching, imo, is Arrested Development. Other than that, I agree sitcoms are usually awful. Same tired formula, same stale jokes, boring boring zzzzz. We need a sitcom revolution. More quirky characters, more satire, more twisted humor. I predict that Arrested Development will one day catch on, become a huge hit, and be the next Seinfeld. I'm hoping anyway.
I'm sad it didn't work out, but I feel Aly made the right decision in backing out. An actor has to be protective of their image. Can you imagine what the average John Q. Public would think seeing her playing a third rate role in such a show? "Hey look, it's that girl from American Pie. Wow, her career has really gone downhill for her to take that part." Not good for a talented actress at the top of her game.

I don't care much for sitcoms either and would love to see Alyson land a good drama role. Though it seems she has her heart set on a sitcom, perhaps this possible recurring role on 'Veronica Mars' may change her mind.
Patricia Arquette is doing an okay job in Medium, but in Alyson Hannigan's hands it would have been much more believable. What Hannigan needs is an hour long comedy drama where she's the lead role. The role would need to be that of a woman who lived an ordinary life and recently discovered an extraordinary ability with which she has to cope. Come to think of it, AH would have been a fine Tru Davies, too. Or a Jaye Tyler. Perhaps a bit old for the role of Georgia Lass in Dead Like Me, or Joan of Arcadia, but that's the kind of role that would work for Hannigan. A normal woman with special qualities, alone in the world with a secret that could make her or break her.
The only sitcom worth watching, imo, is Arrested Development. Other than that, I agree sitcoms are usually awful. Same tired formula, same stale jokes, boring boring zzzzz. We need a sitcom revolution. More quirky characters, more satire, more twisted humor. I predict that Arrested Development will one day catch on, become a huge hit, and be the next Seinfeld. I'm hoping anyway.

I have to also include Scrubs in the worth watching category. Other than that I'm inclind to agree, most sitcoms are just boring. I do watch Joey, but it's more out of habit than need. Scrubs and AD are the only sitcoms I can't miss.
"That sucks!Her career is really going downhill.She should've kept on going while she was young."

I laughed out loud when I read this. Uh, I'm pretty sure this was tongue in cheek. Surely we're not this dense at WHEDONesque, are we?

[ edited by brother_grady on 2005-01-25 17:19 ]
Zachsmind, I totally agree with your assesment of Patricia Arquette in Medium. I have thought she has done a great job but now that you've suggested how great AH would've been in that role, it makes me wish it was her. She would've brought that extra something to the character that PA seems a bit lacking in. And yes, all your other suggestions of what types of shows she would've been great in make sense too. She definitely is much to good of an actress to be in one of these lame sitcoms that now rule the airways.
Don't get me wrong. I'm enjoying Medium, but more for the writing and the approach to the subject matter of a psychic in modern day - so many mediums have been proven to be false that if one actually did show up, so few would believe it. Arquette is satisfactory in the role, but she's just not convincing enough. Like Michael Keaton as Batman. Maybe he fit in the suit, but his face was constantly like: "I can't believe my career has come down to this."

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