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Horrible Showbiz Career Decisions (McLean Stevenson Effect)
Self | November 25, 2012 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 11/25/2012 7:06:22 AM PST by PJ-Comix

People in the entertainment business sometimes make horrible career decisions. This is what is known as the "McLean Stevenson Effect." Named after actor McLean Stevenson who played the part of Henry Blake in the hit TV series "M*A*S*H." Stevenson was unhappy with being part of an ensemble so after about 3 seasons left the show to become the lead in the "McLean Stevenson Show" which promptly flopped. His career never recovered.

Another victim of the McLean Stevenson effect was Shelly Long who was in the hit series "Cheers." She left after 5 seasons to become a movie actress but pretty much flopped in that endeavor.

Finally there was Jeff Conaway who starred in my own favorite TV series "Taxi." After 3 seasons he left the show with a one-way ticket to obscurity.

Who else made poor showbiz career decisions to become victims of the "McLean Stevenson Effect."


TOPICS: Humor; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: hollywood; mcleanstevenson
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To: PJ-Comix

McLean Stevenson was a good next door neighbor though.

I think the two best examples are the old guy from Alf (who shares his trembling voice with Sen Lieberman) and the guy who played Steve on Blues Clues. Both were sick of playing second fiddle to a fake puppet.

At least they made tons of money playing second fiddle to a puppet...


81 posted on 11/25/2012 8:30:01 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: PJ-Comix
Photobucket Made only one James Bond film, but could have continued on but I believe his contract demands were to high.
82 posted on 11/25/2012 8:30:39 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Venturer

I never watched it either, I do remember seeing advertisements for it when it was running and never connected Adam Cartwright being Trapper John (he was bald and I didn’t recognize him).

It must have been a half way decent show as it lasted 7 years.


83 posted on 11/25/2012 8:31:34 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: PJ-Comix
Nah, I remember that McLean Stevenson was brilliant in the show "Condo". :)
84 posted on 11/25/2012 8:33:13 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Wiser now

6 seasons of Numbers might say otherwise.


85 posted on 11/25/2012 8:34:09 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: T-Bird45

It seems like Alda got more chickified with each season.


86 posted on 11/25/2012 8:34:27 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: T-Bird45

It seems like Alda got more chickified with each season.


87 posted on 11/25/2012 8:34:46 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Future Snake Eater

It all depends on whether you’re a “profit participant” in the show, which gives you a piece of the syndication revenue. On NCIS, for example, Mark Harmon is clearly in that category, but I’d be surprised if the rest of the cast has a cut of syndication profits. William Peterson of the original CSI left after nine seasons but still got paid as a producer, which gave him a share of the syndication profits as well. He’ll make far more off syndication deals for CSI than he ever earned as an actor (and he pulled down over $500,000 a episode at the end of his run).

I’ve read countless stories about supporting actors getting huge paychecks during the last couple of years of a series. In virtually every case, they’re getting their money up front, and will earn little/nothing from syndication and marketing. That’s one reason that virtually every writer on a TV show is also billed as a producer. It not only bumps up their weekly check, it also gets them into the syndication money.


88 posted on 11/25/2012 8:37:30 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook
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To: rbg81

Now Kelsey Grammer—there is a guy who knew how to leverage a supporting role! I read somewhere his net worth is $80M.


Yes, he as achieved the ultimate! Is there another actor who was a side character on a series, then became a Name Lead in a decade running live sitcom, then was syndicated and on 3 times a day, tried out multiple other lead series, and finally found one with a character so vastly different you can’t believe it’s the same guy??


89 posted on 11/25/2012 8:40:55 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: chuckee

...which he then promptly terminated.


90 posted on 11/25/2012 8:41:45 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Vision

I can vouch that McLean was a very nice guy.


91 posted on 11/25/2012 8:44:18 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: jocon307
FBI guy Morrow chasing bad guys, with his math genius brother’s help and Judd Hirsch as the dad

Hirsch was way too ethnic for my tastes.

Speaking of actors that went nowhere..'Kramer' from Seinfeld, Michael Richards.
and
'George', Jason Alexander.

92 posted on 11/25/2012 8:50:05 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
How about Shannen Doherty?

She's now reduced to doing commercials for an online college.

93 posted on 11/25/2012 8:54:53 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Gary Burghoff leaving MASH.
William Peterson and Jorja Fox CSI


94 posted on 11/25/2012 8:55:20 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: PJ-Comix; All

Following the Rob Morrow theme:

David Krumholtz: Lost his gig as Morrow’s Brainiac brother, Charley and hasn’t done much of note since.

Self Induced exile due to swelled ego:

Sasha Alexander: Thought NCIS was all about her. Left after three seasons. Is just starting to come back as Dr. Maura Isles in TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’.

Genevieve Bujold: Was originally cast as Captain Janeway in ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, but couldn’t handle the twelve to 16 hour shooting days. The role went to Kate Mulgrew.


95 posted on 11/25/2012 8:57:00 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: PJ-Comix
I always get a kick out of watching Miss Kitty's saloon in "Gunsmoke," filled with "working girls." Straight arrow .....

I would like to see the 'Boot hill' introduction at the beginning of that episode! :)

96 posted on 11/25/2012 8:57:23 AM PST by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: Chipper

Never heard of it.


97 posted on 11/25/2012 9:02:50 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: PJ-Comix
True, but if you followed the whole Wiseguy fiasco, it was pretty clear that Ken Wahl had serious mental problems and was not entirely in control of his career decisions.
98 posted on 11/25/2012 9:03:10 AM PST by FredZarguna (Nothing against Paki's. Just paraphrasing Biden. Or Hillary. Or Both.)
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To: PJ-Comix; All

Meno to Ken Wahl:

Stunt men are on set for a reason. Use them!

Ken Wahl of ‘Wiseguy’ was injured in an accident on the set that resulted from a stunt gone wrong.

The scene involved Wahl being Tasered and then getting a beat down with an aluminum Fungo bat. Wahl tripped over some out of frame cables and messed up his leg and spine. Then Wahl developed a strong dependence on Vicodin and scotch.


99 posted on 11/25/2012 9:10:45 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

Residuals, thanks to a guy named Reagan.


100 posted on 11/25/2012 9:12:23 AM PST by Argus
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