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    Is it a good or bad move for William Peterson to leave CSI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Is it a good or bad move for William Peterson to leave CSI?
    Depends on what he wants to do.

    I remembered when Peter Caruso left NYPD Blue after the first season to pursue a movie career but that didn't panned out.

    Then George Clooney left ER after four(?) seasons, and with some successes (the Ocean's # franchise) and a few flops (Batman and Robin), he managed to be Hollywood's A-list film star.

    The real question here is, will CSI show be able to continue as strong as it has been without Mr. Peterson? It could have if actor Liv Schrieber's character lived. I liked him.

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    Well William Peterson had a body of work and a fan following prior to his being on CSI (I understand he was considered quite a hottie in his day, too). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0676973/

    I *think* David Caruso may not have had as much of a fan following before NYPD Blue.

    Also, there is speculation that the easing off of Peterson's appearances on CSI (since he apparently agreed to do guest appearances and will remain as an executive producer) may be temporary. But hey, I doubt he needs to keep working at this point so maybe he just wants to do something different. At least for now.

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    I *think* David Caruso may not have had as much of a fan following before NYPD Blue.
    Meh. There are some who started on TV for a brief time who then went to have a successful film career run. Sharon Stone is one of them. So's Demi Moore. Both were unknown or little known then.

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    Depends on what he wants to do.

    I remembered when Peter Caruso left NYPD Blue after the first season to pursue a movie career but that didn't panned out.
    I think it's funny when The Soup makes fun of David Caruso with his dramatic pause before putting on his sunglasses with the heavy metal scream music in the background.
    Shelly Long made a bad career move in leaving Cheers. But, I liked Kirstie Alley better. She even looked good in the two piece bikini on Oprah. But she has to keep that size and not be like the picture I saw on the cover of a tabloid when waiting at the supermarket cashier line.

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    But, I liked Kirstie Alley better.
    She will always be my Saavik. Live Long and Prosper.

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    We constantly make fun of Caruso's attitude, posturing and posing on CSI Miami.

    Las Vegas is a much better show--I think they will do fine without Grissom. Miami is pretty and colorful--that's about it.

    We met Grissom on our Vegas wedding. I was staring off into space in a casino when I noticed a familiar pair of legs walking by. I thought, "Hey! I know that bow-legged walk!" I looked up at his face and sure enough, it was him. He was nice and signed an autograph for my new bride.

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    She will always be my Saavik. Live Long and Prosper.
    Why didn't the actress with a shaved head from the Star Trek movie become a trend? Sinead O"Connor trieda shaved head look, but her politics made her controversial. There are leading men with the shaved head look such as Bruce Willis, Samuel L.Jackson, and the Transporter guy become big stars.

    Whatever happened to the other dude announcer besides Seacrest Out on American Idol?

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    Why didn't the actress with a shaved head from the Star Trek movie become a trend? Sinead O"Connor trieda shaved head look, but her politics made her controversial. There are leading men with the shaved head look such as Bruce Willis, Samuel L.Jackson, and the Transporter guy become big stars.
    Didn't Britney Spears shaved her head?

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    Didn't Britney Spears shaved her head?
    Britney Spears jumped the shark when she married that K-Fed guy. When she shaved her head, "Oh, The Horror!"
    Last edited by Walkoff Balk; July 19th, 2008 at 12:38 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Britney Spears jumped the shark when she married that K-Fed guy. When she shaved her head, "Oh, The Horror!"
    Actually, my initial reaction was, "What the hell is wrong with her."

    She make Kevin Federline a more tolerable person, as well as a fit father, as fathers go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Actually, my initial reaction was, "What the hell is wrong with her.
    Oh, How could I forget? But, Britney Spears' shaved look was both upstairs and downstairs.
    Please don't insert a link to that womb with a view!
    Seen It.
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    Anybody see Britney when she performed on the beach in front of the Hilton?
    Seems like a hundred years ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Shelly Long made a bad career move in leaving Cheers. But, I liked Kirstie Alley better. She even looked good in the two piece bikini on Oprah. But she has to keep that size and not be like the picture I saw on the cover of a tabloid when waiting at the supermarket cashier line.
    Shelley Long leaving Cheers certainly belongs in the pantheon of bone-headed career moves. But Long has plenty of company in that department.

    Abe Vigoda - played Fish on Barney Miller. Left the program to star in his own shot-lived spin-off.

    Jeff Conaway - played Bobby on Taxi. His hopes for movie stardom was sabotaged by a myriad of personal and substance abuse problems.

    Norman Fell & Audra Lindley - played the Ropers on Three's Company. Made the same mistake as Abe Vigoda.

    Polly Holliday - played Flo on Alice. Yet another limited range talent who thought she could star in her own spin-off.

    Delta Burke - played Suzanne on Designing Women. Well, at least she had the consolation of knowing that the show was on its last legs by the time she left the series.

    Susan Stafford - the original "letter turner" on Wheel of Fortune. While Vanna White has gone on to earning millions and being a household name, Stafford has gone on to earning a place on many people's "Whatever Happened To?" lists.
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    Made a Good Move by Leaving Early Include:
    John Travolta from Welcome Back Kotter
    Farrah Fawcett from Charlie's Angels
    Chevy Chase from Saturday Night Live
    Suzanne Somers from Three's Company- Might be a ?, She got to use a device on her thighs.

    Bad Move because remembered more for the character than actual name:
    Col. Henry Blake to Hello Larry
    The first Trapper John on MASH
    The best looking daughter on the Cosby Show
    Shannen Doherty from 90210 for her off & on set catfights
    Jeff Conaway made a comeback this year on Celeb Rehab with Dr.Drew with the catch phrase, "TAKE THAT BACK!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Oh, How could I forget? But, Britney Spears' shaved look was both upstairs and downstairs.
    Nothing wrong with downstair's trimming. At least I don't have to floss afterward, or cough up human hairball.

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    Jeff Conaway made a comeback this year on Celeb Rehab with Dr.Drew with the catch phrase, "TAKE THAT BACK!"
    Actually, genre fans would know him as Garibaldi's second-in-command of security on Babylon 5.

    But after that he was gone from the scene only to wind up on that reality show above all broken.

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    Shannen Doherty from 90210 for her off & on set catfights
    And yet came back to TV on Charmed. Only to leave again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    Made a Good Move by Leaving Early Include:
    John Travolta from Welcome Back Kotter
    Farrah Fawcett from Charlie's Angels
    Chevy Chase from Saturday Night Live
    Suzanne Somers from Three's Company- Might be a ?, She got to use a device on her thighs.
    I have no argument with Travolta.

    Chase left SNL for movie stardom. But then again, nobody stays on that show forever.

    Somers did okay, although it did take her awhile to land on her feet in another successful series (Step By Step) after ditching Three's Company.

    Fawcett: If you ask me, her career was never the same after leaving Charlie's Angels. Starred in some box office bombs (Somebody Killed Her Husband and Sunburn) that wrecked tremendous damage to her reputation. Farrah's done steady work on TV ever since, but never regained the high profile she once had on Charlie's.

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    The best looking daughter on the Cosby Show
    If you're talking about Lisa Bonet, she left the Cosby Show to star in A Different World, which actually turned out to be a very successful spin-off series. Only problem was that she got pregnant and her Denise Huxtable character was written out of the show as a result. After giving birth, Bonet eventually returned to the Cosby Show.
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    If you're talking about Lisa Bonet, she left the Cosby Show to star in A Different World, which actually turned out to be a very successful spin-off series. Only problem was that she got pregnant and her Denise Huxtable character was written out of the show as a result. After giving birth, Bonet eventually returned to the Cosby Show.
    I don't recall seeing her on the series finale, though.

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    If you're talking about Lisa Bonet, she left the Cosby Show to star in A Different World, which actually turned out to be a very successful spin-off series. Only problem was that she got pregnant and her Denise Huxtable character was written out of the show as a result. After giving birth, Bonet eventually returned to the Cosby Show.
    I don't recall seeing her on the series finale, though.

    Didn't Jasmine Guy become the star of that series? There were other tv series where a supporting character became the star of the show such as Fonzie in Happy Days, Urkel in Family Matters, Michael J.Fox in Family Ties, and David Hyde Pierce would match Frasier Crane.

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    Other people whose careers went into tailspins after leaving a hit TV show:

    Herve Villechaize (Tatoo on Fantasy Island) - Not only did his acting career crash and burn after leaving Fantasy Island, but so did his personal life. Ultimately ended in suicide. Sad.

    David Garrison (Steve Rhodes on Married With Children) - Maybe this one should have an asterisk, in that Garrison preferred stage acting over episodic TV work. By all accounts, he has been happy with his decision. But there's no question that he sacrificed money and fame in leaving Married.

    Don Meredith (announcer on ABC's Monday Night Football) - Meredith's folksy style was the perfect match for Howard Cosell's edgy commentary and Frank Gifford's straight-laced announcing. MNF had it's highest ratings during the early 1970s, not only because of the drama on the field, but because of the antics in the broadcast booth. But the magic came to an end when Meredith defected to NBC, and ABC was never able to find another ex-jock who exhibited the same kind of chemistry that he enjoyed with Frank and Howie. Dandy Don found his post-MNF days tough too, failing to fit in with NBC's announcers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Anybody see Britney when she performed on the beach in front of the Hilton?
    Seems like a hundred years ago...
    Yeah and when I saw it on tv a few weeks later or so I saw myself on tv in the crowd when the cameras came down on us for a solid 20 seconds or so.

    I ended up being on camera on Wheel of Fortune the next year too I think, guess it helps when you sit next to Vanna White and Sajak's family.

    Aj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Abe Vigoda - played Fish on Barney Miller. Left the program to star in his own short-lived spin-off.

    Yes but I think Vigoda came back to the series after "Fish" ended its short run on tv. I rememeber Todd Bridges on "Fish" as one of the kids, prior to his "Different Strokes" role.

    Vigoda is 87 now, seems to be in okay health too.

    Aj
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    Remember how they fazed Suzanne Somers out of "Three's Company" she would appear talking on the telephone, which meant she wasn't even on the set when everyone else was.

    Farah Fawcett only appeared in the first season of "Charlie's Angels" as a regular. For the next 3 seasons she guest starred on a couple shows each year.

    Technically John Travolta never really left "Welcome Back Kotter", it is true his appearences on the show became less frequent because he was busy making "Saturday Night Fever" and Grease", but he stayed on the show until the end, during the last season because of Travolta's less appearences on the show they brought in the Beau character played by actor Stephen Shortridge who I think was or is a Hawaii resident.

    The last season of Kotter was strange because Gabe Kaplan was having trouble with the producers and only appeared in a handful of episodes. Major reason why the show was canceled it lacked essentially the two biggest stars of the show: Kotter and Barbarino.

    Don Meredith I recall got into acting after leaving MNF, doing movie of the weeks, "Police Story" episodes and did come back briefly in the mid 80's to at the very least call Superbowl 19 when the 49ers won in January 1985. Lives in New Mexico and is retired from what I've heard.

    Aj

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    Wayne Rogers left MASH and ended up getting the HOUSE CALLS show on CBS which lasted 3 seasons as I recall with Lynne Redgrave and David Wayne. I liked watching that show as a kid. If you ever watch the economic round table shows on FAUX News Wayne sometimes appears, guess he invested his money well.

    Pernell Roberts left BONANZA to try and act in Shakespeare plays and ended up making guest appearences in shows like MANNIX before finally striking it big with TRAPPER JOHN, M.D.

    Are we talking leaving a series on your own accord in this thread? John Amos was written out of GOOD TIMES and I hadn't seen him much until ecently when he was on that show with Anne Heche that was just canceled.

    Patrick Duffy, Luke Perry returned to their roles on DALLAS and 90210 after departing for short periods of time.

    I'd say Michael Douglas leaving STREETS of San FRANCISCO was a good career move on his part.

    Lee Majors left OWEN MARSHALL to star in his own series SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.

    Actress Michael Learned left the WALTONS to start working on her NURSE series which never really took off. Richard Thomas left the WALTONS and I doubt he regrets it.

    Donna Mills left KNOTS LANDING and starred in a number of movie of the weeks, still looks fantastic for 60, but the genre of movie of the weeks seem to be in the past, otherwise I think she would be working more.

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