TV Shows Death Knells

by sheilagermaro | created - 05 Jul 2011 | updated - 25 Feb 2012 | Public

Actors who upon joining a certain show, ruined it. Enjoy!

1. Amanda Bynes

Actress | Hairspray

Amanda Laura Bynes was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn (Organ), a dental assistant, and Richard Bynes, a dentist. Her father is of Lithuanian, Irish, and Polish descent, and her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from Toronto. ...

All That

2. Michelle Trachtenberg

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Trachtenberg grew up in Brooklyn and started her acting career young; she began appearing in commercials at the age of 3.

She continued to act and dance through her school years, making regular television appearances from the age of 10. She landed a recurring role in the kids' TV show The Adventures...

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

3. Hayden Panettiere

Actress | Heroes

Hayden Lesley Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. Her parents are both of half Italian descent, along with German and English. Her mother got her started ...

Ally McBeal

4. Adam Beach

Actor | Windtalkers

Adam Beach was born in Ashern, Manitoba, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to ...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5. Michaela McManus

Actress | Into the Grizzly Maze

Michaela McManus was born on May 20, 1983 in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. She is an actress, known for Into the Grizzly Maze (2015), Aquarius (2015) and Awake (2012). She has been married to Mike Daniels since July 3, 2011. They have one child.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6. Chris Noth

Actor | Sex and the City

Two-time Golden Globe nominee and SAG Award nominated actor Chris Noth stars on Season 3 FX's critically acclaimed drama Tyrant (2014) and has two independent films coming out this year.

On Tyrant (2014), Noth enters the show in its third season premiering in July, starring as Gen. William Cogswell,...

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

7. Robbie Rist

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Robbie Rist was born on April 4, 1964 in La Mirada, California, USA as Robert Anthony Rist. He is an actor, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

The Brady Bunch

8. Shane Sweet

Deadpool

Shane Sweet was born on January 6, 1986 in Burbank, California, USA as Christopher Shane Sweet. He is known for his work on Deadpool (2016), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and The Hunger Games (2012).

Married With Children. Possibly one of the only people on the list that didn't COMPLETELY ruin the show forever because upon realizing how unpopular he was, they yanked his a** off the air pronto.

9. Orlando Brown

Actor | Major Payne

Orlando Brown was born on December 4, 1987 in Los Angeles County, California, USA. He is known for his work on Major Payne (1995), That's So Raven (2003) and Thirteen (2003).

Family Matters

10. Adam LaVorgna

Actor | Brooklyn Bridge

Adam LaVorgna was born on March 1, 1981 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is an actor, known for Brooklyn Bridge (1991), I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998) and Blast (2000).

7th Heaven

11. Elisabeth Röhm

Actress | American Hustle

Elisabeth Röhm was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, to American writer Lisa Loverde, and Eberhard Röhm, a German-born partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP New York. They relocated to New York City, near Elisabeth's first birthday. An equestrian enthusiast, Elisabeth began competing ...

Law & Order

12. Anthony Anderson

Actor | The Departed

Anthony Anderson was born on August 15, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Departed (2006), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Transformers (2007). He has been married to Alvina Renee Stewart since September 11, 1999. They have two children.

Law & Order

13. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor | Inception

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s,...

Growing Pains

14. Mike Lobel

Actor | Suck

Michael Ryan "Mike" Lobel (born March 7, 1984) is a Canadian actor.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he is the oldest of three siblings.

At a young age he began showing interest in music and visual arts which drew him to Etobicoke School of the Arts. He attended ESA from 1998 to 2003, first majoring...

Degrassi: The Next Generation

15. Deanna Casaluce

Actress | Degrassi: The Next Generation

Deanna Casaluce was born on February 7, 1986 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), Degrassi: Minis (2005) and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien (1999).

Degrassi: The Next Generation

16. Shenae Grimes-Beech

Actress | Scream 4

Shenae Grimes-Beech was born on October 24, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Shenae Sonya Grimes. She is known for her work on Scream 4 (2011), The Cross Road (2008) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001). She has been married to Josh Beech since May 10, 2013.

Degrassi: The Next Generation, and further kudos to you, Ms. Grimes for coming into the show, screwing it up and then heading off to some poor man's version.

17. Hal Sparks

Actor | Queer as Folk

Hal Sparks was born on September 25, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Hal Harry Magee Sparks III. He is an actor and director, known for Queer as Folk (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000).

Talk Soup. I don't know how I forgot this one.

18. Lindsay Hartley

Actress | Passions

Lindsay Hartley is an American actress and singer. She was born Lindsay Nicole Korman in Palm Springs, California, and is of Ashkenazi Jewish (father) and Greek and Italian (mother) origin. Singing since age eleven, Hartley was a national pre-teen talent winner of the Young Miss America Beauty ...

Passions. And since she was on the show from the beginning, that means it was ruined from day one!

19. Bumper Robinson

Actor | Enemy Mine

Bumper Robinson was born on June 19, 1974 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Larry C. Robinson II. He is an actor, known for Enemy Mine (1985), Justice League: Doom (2012) and Brother Bear (2003).

Living Single, Family Matters and, most notoriously, Night Court. Screw Ted McGinley, this ass**** ruins every show he's on with his wooden acting and lack of charisma.

20. Lisa Rinna

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Lisa Rinna was born on July 11, 1963 in Medford, Oregon, USA as Lisa Deanna Rinna. She is an actress, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), Melrose Place (1992) and Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (1998). She has been married to Harry Hamlin since March 29, 1997. They have two children.

Melrose Place

21. Giancarlo Esposito

Actor | Breaking Bad

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, to an Italian carpenter/stagehand father from Naples and an opera-singing African-American mother from Alabama. His parents, working in Europe at the time of his birth, settled in Manhattan by the time he was six, and that's ...

Homicide: Life on Street. I loved him before doing the show (and still do), but he brought absolutely NOTHING to this show, yet was omnipresent in its final season.

22. Michael Michele

Actress | How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Michael is the eldest of two daughters. Her white father, Jerry, is an entrepreneur. Her African American mother, Thersa, is a corporate manager. In high school she played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. After high school, she moved to New York and quickly got commercial work. This led to a ...

Same here. Its funny that both of them were, while underused, great on New York Undercover, yet so bland on H:LOTS.

23. Scott Bakula

Actor | Quantum Leap

Scott Stewart Bakula was born on October 9, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sally (Zumwinkel) and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer. He is of German, as well as Czech, Austrian, Scottish, and English ancestry. He comes from a musical family. In the fourth grade, he started a rock band and wrote songs for...

Star Trek: Enterprise. This one's easy. You're probably going, "Wait a minute! He didn't ruin the show!" Oh yes he did. In fact, I hold him responsible for helping to sink one of the most popular franchises of all time. How do you star in a Star Trek show that ends up being cancelled?