Bob Patterson

2001, TV Show

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Malcolm Cast Preps for Middle's End

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Friday, Jan. 13, turned out to be a truly bad-luck day for Malcolm in the Middle. That's when the cast members learned that the Fox sitcom, now in its seventh season, had gotten the ax. "There was some sadness," Bryan Cranston, aka Malcolm's bumbling dad, Hal, tells TVGuide.com, adding that he and his TV wife, Jane Kaczmarek, shared an embrace and a few tears upon learning their fate. "We realized it's about how much fun you have along the way," philosophizes the actor, who felt that Malcolm could have easily gone on creatively for another year. "But I can't complain. We'll have done 151 episodes. It's been fantastic. It's going to be good read more

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Premiered: October 02, 2001, on ABC
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Premise: `Seinfeld' alum Jason Alexander starred in this sitcom about `America's No. 3 self-help guru.' Bob Patterson couldn't help himself (that's the the show's central irony), and Jason Alexander didn't help his career with this dud. Chalk it up to `the Seinfeld curse' (Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss tanked in their series, too), or chalk it up to an unworkable concept, but it lasted less than two months.

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