Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice: 12 Television Actors Who’ve Failed To Recreate Their Earlier Success

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Will Arnett returns to prime-time television tonight with new series The Millers, and we couldn’t be more nervous. But why? Will Arnett is great! Sure, we loved him on Arrested Development, and yes, we cheered whenever he’d pop up to sabotage Jack Donaghy. But with the short-lived FOX series Running Wilde under his belt, and the mismanaged Up All Night to his name, Arnett is dangerously close to becoming known as a product of a successful TV series who simply can’t get it done on his own. And he’s not alone.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her many Emmys prove that the Seinfeld curse isn’t real, but her former cast members’ failure to find successful ventures in the years since their characters were left to rot in jail shows us that TV magic doesn’t always strike twice. Check out our list of actors who rode the wave of a hit show, but have struggled to replicate their earlier success on the small screen.

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