Film actors who've come crawling back to television
Is this a trick question? It just seems so ridiculously easy...
P.S. HBO doesn't count. I mean network and basic cable.
Meg Ryan, supposedly.
Michael J. Fox.
Sorry, Geena Davis.
Well, if we're doing Charlie Sheen...
If were doing the the St. Elmo's kids...
How did Jessica Lange come "crawling back" to TV when she is known for being a movie actress? TV is lucky to have her.
[quote]How did Jessica Lange come "crawling back" to TV when she is known for being a movie actress?
She's on FX, for fuck's sake! And she hasn't had a decent film role since the '80s. If anything, she was better known pre-AHS for Broadway, not film (certainly in part because of being married to Sam Shepard).
The writing is so much better on TV that a lot of creatives have moved across. No crawling required.
Did Gena Davis, Sigourney Weaver, or Holly Hunter START in television? If not, then they can't be accused of "crawling back" to it!
Geena started in guest roles on '80s crap shows like "Knight Rider."
"Sigourney" (or Susan, her birth name) did plentiful voice work for "Futurama."
Holly infamously starred in the TV movie (as the lead, the murderous mom) about the true story of the Texas cheerleader mom who conspired to murder her daughter's chief competitor to get ahead. Before that she started in a TV movie called "Roe v. Wade."
Robin Williams owns this thread.
Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman
Yeah, r19 AFTR they had made solid film careers! Only Gena Davis could be accused of this out of those three.
R15's point, for the benefit of those who have serious reading comprehension problems, is that it's stupid to list Jessica Lange as someone who came crawling "back" to TV when she made her professional debut in a film and she has always been known primarily as a film (and stage) actress, NOT a TV actress. Understand?
R16 I think R15's point is that Jessica STARTED in movies ("King Kong" was her first role of any kind) so she can't be "crawling BACK" to television when she didn't start there, unlike some of the other people mentioned herein.
TV is no longer the huge professional step down it once was.
So much scripted TV is superior to films now, and a show like AHS is a steady and stellar gig for Jessica Lange. For goodness sake, the woman is how old? She's had a fantastic career in film and now she's got a role she can really sink her teeth into on TV and she's getting plenty of awards and positive feedback for her performance. It certainly is no step down, as OP would like to insinuate.
Danny DeVito is also a welcome addition to TV in Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show would have been cancelled a long time ago if it wasn't for him, and he's fucking hysterical on the show.
R16 you are being silly. Jessica Lange has appeared on Broadway only twice and neither was particularly well received.
She is certainly better known for her film career and her two Academy Awards will cut a bitch to prove it.
That said, FX is lucky to have her and she is lucky to have FX.
Jessica Lange doesn't crawl anywhere, Dear. She did a TV version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and received a Golden Globe Award. She did "Grey Gardens" and won an Emmy, and did American Horror Story, and walked away with an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award. How humiliating, OP.
R32, I think Kevin Bacon got his start in daytime soap operas.
Didn't Lange say that she never saw a single episode of that FX show she's on?
Frankly, I think a lot of these people want some retirement money and who can blame them.
Lange had to buy Shepard out of his share in their NYC place when they broke up.
Same with Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Robbins got, I believe, around $3 mil from Sarandon, if not more.
I meant, for the place they lived in.
Eventually all older actresses are going to end up on television. The good ones are going to end up on premium cable and the AMCs and FXs of the world. The mediocres will end up on Network Television. Even your beloved Meryl will eventually end up on TV.
TV nowadays and for the past years is much more interesting, originality and has more influence than the majoritiy of films.
You only have to think about an industry that remakes "Carrie" (coying the original movie and not even having a fresh taking on the story to see how clueless and uninspired general film-making has become.
TV productions nowadays are of a far higher quality than most movies. So what's so shameful about being a TV-actor?
No, I WILL NOT talk about Santa Barbara!!
I think Jennifer Lopez is the best example of a movie star having to reduce themself to being a judge on American Idol. Didn't she have a couple hit films now she has to work for that clown ryan seacrest.
No one is crawling back to television these days. Everyone is running towards tv because the storytelling is better.
OP, you dunderhead, you can't come crawling back to something you were never a part of to begin with. Jessica Lange was not a TV actress befor AHS (and her HBO Grey Gardens).
Susan Hayward. And then she died.
[quote]Didn't Lange say that she never saw a single episode of that FX show she's on?
I know a lot of people think stars are all Norma Desmond, sitting in the dark watching their work, but many, many never see the finished product. It's work to them and not a part of their daily lives. They move on to the next project and many never look back.
R41 is right.
You are ignoring the obvious, in a lot of cases actors plain just don't like watching their own work. Watching yourself on screen can be weird experience for some and it messes with some people's confidence.
TV is better than the movies
Mary Louise Parker
Barbara Bel Geddes
[quote]You are ignoring the obvious, in a lot of cases actors plain just don't like watching their own work.
Streep and De Niro watch their own dailies. Most actors will watch a film they're staring in, and it's always a private screening without any other audience members.
Film actors who go back to TV? Actors who like working? Could it be that?
Who are you, OP? Frankie Fame from The Oscar?
Robin Williams and Sally Field are classic examples of what OP is talking about.
Both made a name for themselves in TV series, went on to star in many big screen movies, and now are back heading TV series.
A lot of these other examples are people who made names for themselves in movies but couldn't get good gigs after reaching a certain age so they're now in TV series (the Brat Packers especially).
Others had early roles on TV, but got their names known because of later film work such as Kevin Bacon who was on Guiding Light for two years before moving to films like Diner and Footloose. Or Alec Baldwin who starred in the Doctors and Knots Landing before graduating to films.
[quote]and now are back heading TV series
Sally Field's last series ended in 2011. What TV series is she "heading"?
Who are the movie stars who will never do a TV series? Even 20 years from now.
Obviously Meryl is a probable never. But I could see her doing some highbrow limited run series when she's in her 80s.
Sandra Bullock? I think she'll be back eventually.
Sandra has done surprising little TV since Working Girl.
[quote]Streep and De Niro watch their own dailies. Most actors will watch a film they're staring in, and it's always a private screening without any other audience members.
You can't say most will watch their work, because you have no idea. I have met hundreds of actors and a good many of them have told me they never do. But I would never generalize and say most don't, as I said before, many don't so Jessica Lange never seeing "American Horror Story" is not out of the ordinary.
Maybe I'm wrong but I wouldn't be surprised to see Helen Hunt, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Garner all go back to TV one day.
I was actually shocked to see Holly Hunter go back to TV so quickly. Seemed she was still on top of her game in films when all of a sudden she was headlining a TV series.