When NBC pulled stand-up comic Mike O'Malley
out of obscurity and gave him his own show, many thought him the luckiest man alive. Of course, that changed when the sitcom ? appropriately titled, The Mike O'Malley Show
? was quickly axed and the comedian recorded one of the fastest celebrity nosedives in history. But did the funnyman let the show's failure get him down? You bet he did!
"I don't think I had any idea how much it would hurt when it went so spectacularly wrong [and was] canceled after two episodes," O'Malley, who appears in CBS's upcoming sitcom Yes, Dear (Mondays, 8:30 pm/ET), told attendees of the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "I think that it may not have hurt so much had my name not been on the show. Because then whenever it was written about or mentioned in the same breath as other shows that were canceled, you feel this wince of, 'Oh, that's my name again associated with this flop.' "
For her part, Yes, Dear co-star Liza Snyder says she's just happy to be on a network that stands behind a show after NBC thumbed its nose at her last one, Jesse.
"They would say 'Must-See TV' on Friends, on Frasier, on ER, [but] they just [left Jesse] out," she groaned, noting that Daddio, the series that ultimately replaced it on Thursday nights, "had four times as many promos as [us]. So that's one reason I'm thrilled to be on CBS.
"I really feel like we have a network that believes in the show and is behind the show and will support the show," she added. "That's what a sitcom needs these days to survive before the Tribal Council speaks."