Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford & 12 Other Stars Who Deserve Better Than Their New Shows

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Anna Faris is a talented comedic actress who's been doomed to roles that slate her as a dumb blonde. Allison Janney's been playing reductive versions of The West Wing's classic character C.J. (and not her criminally underrated Ms. Perky in 10 Things I Hate About You) for years. These women deserve better, so they definitely shouldn't be plopped into this bland series straight out of the Chuck Lorre factory, where mothers are always hapless and sexuality always gets you in trouble. 

A Show Only a Mother Could Love

Anna Faris is a talented comedic actress who's been doomed to roles that slate her as a dumb blonde. Allison Janney's been playing reductive versions of The West Wing's classic character C.J. (and not her criminally underrated Ms. Perky in 10 Things I Hate About You) for years. These women deserve better, so they definitely shouldn't be plopped into this bland series straight out of the Chuck Lorre factory, where mothers are always hapless and sexuality always gets you in trouble. 

Do you really need another job?

Ryan Seacrest, you can stop now. You are officially the hardest working person in of all of Hollywood history. You've done it. You really don't have to exhaust yourself by adding this Million Second Quiz show on NBC, which sounds like a game show thought up on 30 Rock, to your already inflated line-up. Maybe your next job should be "guy who gets more than two hours of sleep a night" because there is no way you've ever slept in on a Sunday. 

Will someone please appreciate this man?

Mike O'Malley might be the most under-appreciated man on television. While his time as one of the only redeemable characters on Glee should have earned him a permanent spot on a great show like Parenthood, where his ability to convey genuine, fatherly emotion would be right at home, he's instead been dealt a role on NBC's Welcome to the Family. It's a show all about the culture clash between a Mexican family and a white family. You know, because ¡Rob! didn't quite drive us crazy enough last winter.

Robot Chicken Would Not Approve

Seth Green, creator of Robot Chicken and befriender of multitudes of funny celebrities, has done the unthinkable, and he's dragging the hilarious Giovanni Ribisi and comedy great Martin Mull down with him. Critics are already blasting Dads (and with good reason), so remind us why three talented dudes are mucking up their resumes with this nonsense?

You've Made a Huge Mistake

Come on! These guys? On this show? This fall, Will Arnett and Margo Martindale find themselves in close quarters in CBS's new sitcom, The Millers. Normally a pairing of this magnitude (a member of the comedy gentry and an Emmy-winner on the same show? Yes, please!) is something to be applauded, but poor Martindale is relegated to jokes about being an old lady who farts while Arnett stands by, completely helpless. Say it with me: They deserve better!

What a Waste

Ironside is a cop show starring Blair Underwood and Orange is The New Black's Pablo Schreiber about a tenacious detective and the people that surround him. Cue the yawns. But wait: there's a big twist that will totally hook you. This detective is in a wheelchair. Look, if this was an HBO drama or hell, even an FX drama, the show would certainly be a sincere exploration of one man's will to overcome what society might deem a handicap. But this is an NBC drama akin to Prime Suspect and its doomed menagerie of fedoras.

This is criminal

John Lithgow, you are hilarious, a legend almost. Why would you agree to dress up as a the White Rabbit on a cheap Once Upon a Time spinoff like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland when your talents would be put to such better use just about any where else? Yeah, we'll tune into this show because everyone needs a ridiculous show or two in their weekly lineup, but anyone in the world could have taken this role. Why you?

Don't Celebrate Just Yet

While Trophy Wife is cuter than we expected, top talent like Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman really should be funnier. This is one sitcom that we'll give time to blossom, but if things don't pick up soon, we're going to be scratching our heads over these two awesome people and their abilities to make good choices.