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while he may not have saved "Til Death" he certainly has raised the show above ordinary.
He would be J.B. Smoove.
he appeared on season 6 of curb your enthusiasm
and was a surprise high-lite of that season.

i had never heard of him before Curb but he's a riot.

he truly raises 'til death from a bubble show to a show i want to watch every week.

now the main question.
has there ever been a show that was either on the bubble or about to be
canceled that was brought back from the dead by 1 new cast member?
 

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I can't think of any off-hand, but I can think of tons of characters who probably caused established shows to be cancelled.
 

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yea thats a bit of a different topic.
i'm looking for people who saved not killed a show.
 

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She may have helped.
At least she brought a new interest to the show.
 

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I just remembered (and am kicking myself for forgetting), Nancy McKeon's Jo character is credited as helping to save "The Facts of Life" from an early death.
 

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James Spader...kind of.

Allan Shore on The Practice led to Boston Legal. Seems to me The Practice eeked out on more season thanks to him.
 

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Joan Collins saved Dynasty, she was not in the first several episodes.
Sally Field may have helped Brothers and Sisters, but I don't think she "saved" it.
Michael Dorn helped save DS9.
 

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Bruce Boxleitner -- Babylon 5.

I'm not sure he saved the show, but I doubt that it could have survived with Michael O'Hairr as the main lead for 5 years.
 

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William H Macy saved the fictional version of SportsNight enough for them to get bought out by a company that would keep them on the air? ;)

Too bad it didn't do much for the real version.
 

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poochie got taken by aliens didnt he?

Fonzie was on the show from the beginning, and joan collins was on dynasty
at least near the beginning wasnt she.

some of the others are good examples i think.

i'm looking for people who weren't on the first season who came in to help or save a show.

i guess there wasn't too many.
 

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Rev. Jim (Christopher Lloyd) on Taxi? He guest-starred on 1 episode in the first season, then became one of the show's most popular characters.
 

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Cheers was lucky Alley and Harrelson came along after the loss of Long and 'Coach' Colisanto.

Locklear pumped some life into the end of Spin City as well as her reviving of Melrose.
 

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