I do not know about you, but about half my shows were cancelled last week. Hilary Winston, the creator of Bad Teacher, called it a “comedy bloodbath,” and it really did feel like that. Some shows we will probably forget about in a few years, but some will always stay with us. These are the shows from previous seasons that I still miss having on my television and still watch repeatedly on DVD, iTunes or Netflix.*
1. Kitchen Confindential, starring Bradley Cooper, Jaime King, John Francis Daley, Nicholas Brendan, Owain Yeomen, Bonnie Somerville, John Cho, Sam Pancake, Erinn Hayes and Frank Langella. It was based on the book of the same name by Anthony Bourdain. Only four episodes ever aired, but all thirteen are on the DVDs and they are all hilarious.
2. The Black Donnellys, starring Jonathan Tucker, Olivia Wilde, Tom Guiry, Billy Lush, Michael Stahl-David, Kirk Acevedo, Keith Nobbs and Peter Greene. Tucker, Guiry, Lush and Stahl-David played four Irish brothers living in New York who always look after each other, even when one of them gets into trouble with the Irish and Italian Mobs.
3. Life As We Know It, starring Sean Faris, Missy Peregrym, Jon Foster, Chris Lowell, Kelly Osbourne, Jessica Lucas, D.B. Sweeney, Lisa Darr and Marguerite Moreau. Aside from the great cast, this show also dealt with a lot of great high school issues like a mother’s infidelity, a teacher-student affair and how a teenager might deal with their father’s alcoholism. The opening credits also introduced me to musician Michael Tolcher.
4. The Deep End, starring Matt Long, Tina Majorino, Leah Pipes, Ben Lawson, Mehcad Brooks, Billy Zane, Norbert Leo Butz, Nicole Ari Parker and Clancy Brown. This show followed a group of first year lawyers as they learned the robes at a reputable law firm in Los Angeles. My favorite scenes were always the ones with Butz’s Rowdy Kaiser, especially when he was trying to give Lawson’s Liam Priory advice on girls.