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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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Moral of the story: If you are in showbiz, STICK with your successful gig.
1 posted on 11/25/2012 7:06:29 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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Jeff Conaway had a pretty good run on Babylon 5.


2 posted on 11/25/2012 7:08:46 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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I have heard it said that if an actor(ess) can be on an even MODERATELY successful TV Series(or 2 Good Movies), he (or she) will never have to work again. Is this true?


3 posted on 11/25/2012 7:09:46 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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There was also David Caruso from “NYPD Blue.” He never really went on to do anything in movies, so he jumped back to one of the 3,000 iterations of “CSI.”


4 posted on 11/25/2012 7:10:23 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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Or, do like Wayne Rogers also from MASH. Quit showbiz and get a real job as an investment guy. I think he did a lot better. Smart move on his part.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


5 posted on 11/25/2012 7:10:36 AM PST by rktman
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CSI Has-Been.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 7:11:41 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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Rob Morrow, who ruined Northern Exposure when he left and then never amounted to a hill of beans.


7 posted on 11/25/2012 7:12:07 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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I heard the same thing. I believe it was four years of a successful series and the actor was set for life. Given how unlikely it is to get that four-year show, I certainly wouldn’t bank on it...


8 posted on 11/25/2012 7:12:09 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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I remember interviews with fellow MASH actors. They all testified that McLean Stevenson was purposely set up to fail, as revenge for leaving his contract early.


9 posted on 11/25/2012 7:12:23 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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The nutcase that left Bonanza because he was afraid of being typecast , Pernell Roberts. Didn’t see much of him afterward.


10 posted on 11/25/2012 7:13:57 AM PST by Venturer
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Steve from Blues Clues quit that cash cow to become a rock star.


11 posted on 11/25/2012 7:14:06 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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Actually, Wayne Rogers was an investment adviser at the time he was acting on MASH. He actually considered his show business career a part-time gig to supplement his income.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 7:14:28 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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Trapper John MD.


13 posted on 11/25/2012 7:15:13 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

“In the first episode of South Park, (”Cartman Gets an Anal Probe”) Kyle tells his brother Ike to “do your impersonation of David Caruso’s career” to get Ike to jump out of a spaceship.”


14 posted on 11/25/2012 7:16:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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“Jeff Conaway had a pretty good run on Babalon 5.”
Did 2 years on celebrity rehab too.


15 posted on 11/25/2012 7:16:16 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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How about Scott Baio’s decision to leave “Happy Days” for “Joanie Loves Chachi”?


16 posted on 11/25/2012 7:16:41 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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Then you have guys like James Arness who rode Gunsmoke right into old age and then made a couple of Gunsmoke movies.


17 posted on 11/25/2012 7:16:41 AM PST by Venturer
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This is what is known as the "McLean Stevenson Effect."

What is it called when someone in show business parts company and becomes an even greater celebrity? I think I would call it the "Dolly Pardon Effect" but there must be other examples.

18 posted on 11/25/2012 7:17:29 AM PST by MosesKnows
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Lead actors in NUMBERS.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 7:17:42 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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Shelly Long left the most successful sitcom ever and never did anything of real significance after (but at least she kept working). That decision had to sting, but I guess she can take comfort that she was set for life as long as she didn’t get into drugs or spend her money like the average lottery winner.


20 posted on 11/25/2012 7:18:18 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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