A-list stars who failed on TV

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Neil Patrick Harris’ variety series, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” was cancelled by NBC after just eight episodes.

Neil Patrick Harris’ new series just confirmed that it won’t be very legendary after all.

NBC announced Tuesday that it had cancelled “Best Time Ever,” Harris’ remake of a British variety show that debuted on the network in September.

The show, a weekly series based on ITV’s “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” lasted only its original order of eight episodes, never drawing more than 6.6 million viewers.

NBC has plans to keep the “How I Met Your Mother” star and awards show fixture at the network with a new series, but it’s clear that like many shows before it, merely star-power won’t keep it on the air.

Here are just a few series that A-list — or at least former A-list — stars couldn’t keep going past one season:

Katherine Heigl, “State of Affairs”

After a few film flops, Heigl returned to television — she starred in both “Roswell” and “Grey’s Anatomy” — with this NBC drama about a CIA analyst.

Despite premiering after “The Voice,” viewers fled and the show lasted just 13 episodes.

Robin Williams, “The Crazy Ones”

The premiere of Williams’ first regular series since “Mork & Mindy” drew 15 million viewers, but audiences quickly fled.

CBS cancelled the series, which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, in May 2014, just a few months before his passing.

Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”

Since leaving “Spin City,” Fox had been a welcome guest star presence on shows like “Scrubs” and “The Good Wife.”

NBC won the rights to air his return to a regular series with a penalty if the show didn’t make it to series. Unfortunately, viewers didn’t tune in and the show lasted just a shortened first season.

Rebel Wilson, “Super Fun Night”

The “Pitch Perfect” star got had this show in development for a couple of years at CBS before ABC picked it up.

The network shuffled episodes around the schedule and cancelled it after just 17 episodes.

Christina Ricci, “Pan AM”

This drama about flight attendants starred Ricci and future A-lister Margot Robbie was criticized as being too similar to “Mad Men.”

Viewers apparently agreed, with ABC pulling the plug after 14 episodes.

Christian Slater, “My Own Worst Enemy,” “The Forgotten,” “Breaking In” and “Mind Games”

Slater has finally beaten the curse with USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” but he’d failed four times before with big network projects.

Slater had both dramas and comedies cancelled after less than 22 episodes, with only “Breaking In” getting a second season.

Ashley Judd, “Missing”

This thriller starring Judd as a former CIA agent trying to track down her son did well in the ratings and got Judd an Emmy nomination.

However, ABC didn’t like that the show failed to appeal to younger audiences, and dumped it after 10 episodes.

Dustin Hoffman, “Luck”

This show was cancelled through no fault of Hoffman, or the rest of it’s A-list cast — which included Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, Nick Nolte.

After animal safety concerns and accusations were released, HBO cut bait with David Milch’s horse racing drama after one season.

Gina Davis, “Commander in Chief”

Another show that initially connected with viewers who were compelled by Davis playing the first female President of the United States.

Unfortunately, once the show faced off with “American Idol” viewers fled, and ABC had her impeached after one season.

Glenn Frey in “South of Sunset”

Someone decided that the guitar player for the Eagles should play a detective.

That person was proven wrong almost immediately, as CBS waited for one episode to get rid of this 1993 series.

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