Stars that got axed from their own TV shows

We’re living in the golden age of television. There are so many programs to choose from and so many ways to watch it. Primetime television is still riding high across the country but streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu increase in popularity significantly each year. There is just so much content to choose from and studios are constantly competing to get the next best hit. Gone are the days where movie stars would snicker at the idea of leading a TV show. Today, the line is blurred with heavyweights such as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Aniston leading current and upcoming series.

There is so much that goes into creating a TV series and so many components that make one work successfully. There could be more than a dozen writers on staff, hundreds in the crew, dozens in the cast, and so on. It could take hundreds of people to create and lead one show. Therefore, there are bound to be issues that come up along the way.

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Some of your favorite actors from over the years have led their own series. They are the first person you see when you tune in each week and the face you see on the cover of the posters and advertisements that follow you on the bus to work and in the magazines you read. With all the power and fame that comes with leading their own TV series, many stars believe that gives them a shield of protection from firing. That’s not always the case as we’ve seen with Robert Downey Jr. and Shannen Doherty. Both stars were at the top of their game in the ’90s. They had huge hits that led to networks busting down their doors in hopes of a chance to work with them. The attention and fame led to an arrogance that ended up getting them booted from Ally McBeal (Downey Jr.) and Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed (Doherty). They were often late to work and unprepared for the job. At the end of the day it came up to the decision of network executives who decided these two stars were just too much to take and not worth the trouble. As a result their careers took a significant hit.


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Sometimes a scandal can overshadow the show too much and the networks can’t shake the PR nightmare the star creates. Take Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin for example. These two were caught in serious ordeals that the news cycle wouldn’t let up. Spacey was accused by multiple people of abuse and Baldwin committed nasty verbal abuse against a photographer caught on camera. As a result they were booted from their series. Here’s a lesson to all stars – just because you’re rich and famous now, doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone in a suit who’ll pull the plug on your show if they need to.

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