Monday, July 11, 2011
The Kiss of Death?
I saw a commercial the other day for a new television series coming this fall called The Playboy Club, starring Eddie Cibrian. It got me to thinking, that while there's little doubt that Eddie Cibrian is pretty fantastic to look at, either he doesn't seem to last very long on television shows, or the shows themselves don't last long.
In 2010 he joined the cast of CSI: Miami and then, after regular cast member Adam Rodriguez returned to the show, Cibrian's character was killed. He then joined the cast of new series Chase, which was already foundering in the ratings, and it was not renewed for the 2011 season.
In 2005, Cibrian starred in Invasion, a series that followed a Florida town dealing with strange occurrences following a hurricane. The series was not renewed for a second season. Following that, he joined the cast of Vanished, which did not last through the 2006 season.
Cibrian's early career saw some longevity, with him spending a number of years on Third Watch (although he left that show for the short-lived Tilt) and two years on Sunset Beach, as well as more than a year on Baywatch Nights.
I'm not blaming Cibrian for the failure of these shows or his leaving others; I just think he falls into a group of actors who can't seem to find a show that succeeds. Hawaii Five-O's Alex O'Loughlin starred in two other shows before landing his current series. As with anything in Hollywood, it's part luck, and part scheduling.
Time will tell if Cibrian's new series gives him the stability he needs; if not, you know he'll show up on television again shortly thereafter. And that's not a bad thing...