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Has-Been Habitat
When a currently popular series includes has-been actors dominating the cast. YMMV.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-12-12 09:06:10 sponsor: justanotherrandomlurker (last reply: 2012-12-12 13:48:13)

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Because of a difference in opinions, this would-be trope would fit into the Sugar Wiki category. Generally, this trope applies to modern, comtemporary series, whose cast features at least one or more actors, whose careers were otherwise washed up, until they were cast in these new roles.

The cable channel TV Land is perhaps the biggest example, as these are the kind of actors who make up the casts of their original programming; that's not to say that network television doesn't have it's fair share of these kinds of habits.

Examples are as follows:

Live-Action TV
  • Community: Stars Chevy Chase (who recently quit) in the first major role he's had, probably in the last decade or so. Comedic actor Richard Erdman is also featured on this show, whose career mostly spans the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
  • The Exes: Stars Kristen Johnson, Donald Faison, and Wayne Knight, among others, all of whom had arguably faded into obscurity, since the demise of their previous successful sitcoms.
  • Hot In Cleveland: Stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendy Malick, and is perhaps responsible for the career resurgence of former golden girl Betty White. Even the guest stars, and recurring performers fall into this category.
  • Last Man Standing: While Tim Allen has probably been better off than most performers, this series has probably been the best thing that has happened to him for quite some time.
  • The Middle: Starring Patricia Heaton in the first major/successful role she's had since the demise of Everybody Loves Raymond.
  • 2 Broke Girls features Garret Morris, who was one of the first cast members on Saturday Night Live, but who, unlike most of the other "Not Ready For Prime-Time Players", never had much success in film or television since.
  • When Two and a Half Men premiered, Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer's film careers were largely behind them

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