Created By: ginsengaddict on May 13, 2011 Last Edited By: ginsengaddict on May 31, 2013

Chronic Cancellation Curse

Everything this person shows up in gets cancelled

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Have you ever seen a show that you've never heard of, but gave it a chance and found out you really liked it, but then for some unknown reason, it got cancelled? Unfortunate, but it happens. But later on, you find another show you like, and you see an actor in that show from the other cancelled show, and it brings up fond memories of the first show... until this show also get's cancelled. Later on, yet another show featuring that actor gets cancelled. A movie they're in flops at the box office. A book featuring a character based on them barely sells 20 copies.

It's almost like this actor is destined to never be a part of a successful work. Whatever they appear in, regardless of quality, will barely last one season before getting axed without explanation. If they join a currently successful established franchise, that's the moment it Jumps the Shark.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • May 13, 2011
    Duncan
    As noted on the Jumping The Shark page, Ted Mc Ginley has similar problems.
  • May 13, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    This should be more an audience reaction where they try to note patterns that get shows cancelled.
  • May 13, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Perhaps this should be expanded to show all actors who are cursed, not just Summer Glau?

  • May 13, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Apparently you all missed the Just For Fun moniker.
  • May 13, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Those pages are still more general. This is more like a stub.
  • May 13, 2011
    SonicLover
    XKCD hasn't been canceled yet, and Summer Glau has had her fair share of appearances in it...
  • May 13, 2011
    TooBah
    Definitely true. Has The Cape been canceled yet? Not her fault, but... yikes. Won't last long.
  • May 13, 2011
    Premonition45
    How we got a Box Office Poison trope?
  • May 13, 2011
    queenbri
    Yeah, I think Box Office Poison would be a better name. Also, Kathrine Hepburn's movies mostly flopped when they first came out.
  • May 13, 2011
    jaytee
    There's the infamous seinfeld curse.
  • May 13, 2011
    Leaper
    Agree with Jimmmyman10; it seems there are enough examples for other people to make this into a generalized Just For Fun "actor curse" page.

    And Box Office Poison may not quite be this trope. It depends whether we want to define this as an actor who drags down the popularity of a production by his/her mere presence, or whether it's about an actor who seems to be in a high number of failed productions by coincidence (i.e. his/her presence has nothing to do with the failure).
  • March 27, 2013
    XFllo
    So how about Actor Curse? Nathan Fillion likes to joke about his bad luck.
  • March 27, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Actor Curse definitely sounds like a good name for this.
  • March 27, 2013
    StarSword
  • March 27, 2013
    helterskelter
    I think Box Office Poison would work a bit better. First, because it's a pre-existing phrase, second, because it doesn't just limit itself to actors. People like Joss Whedon have historically bad track records with major networks.

    Definitely cut it if it's just a reference to Summer Glau. That's pure Fan Myopia.
  • May 29, 2013
    Synchronicity
  • May 29, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I like that.
  • May 29, 2013
    ginsengaddict
    Had a go at generalizing the description. Thoughts?
  • May 29, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ The description is fine. Now we just need more examples.

    Also, you could throw the line "Compare Chronically Killed Actor, where it's the actor's character and not the show that gets killed" in there.
  • May 29, 2013
    Marz1200
    To expand on the Summer Glau example:

    The Cape was also cancelled. She was a recurring guest star on Dollhouse and Alphas both of which were cancelled after season 2.
  • May 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Both Robert Urich and Don Johnson had this reputation in Hollywood before their two big breaks (Vegas and Miami Vice respecitvely).
  • These are seen as "complaint tropes" and usually get deleted. Just so you know.
  • May 31, 2013
    Arivne
    This will be Trivia, yes?
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