Actress Alison La PlacaFor the last nine years, Mike Burger has run an online contest to predict the shows that will be cancelled during the TV season. He named it the Alison La Placa Open Television Death Pool, honoring the actress who's known as a sitcom killer for being a regular cast member on so many short-lived comedies: Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs, Duet, Open House, Stat, The Jackie Thomas Show and Tom.

I entered this year's La Placa and have proven to be one of its worst players, predicting these cancellations:

  • Samantha Who (ABC)
  • Cavemen (ABC)
  • Moonlight (CBS)
  • Viva Laughlin (CBS)
  • Scrubs (NBC)
  • Medium (NBC)
  • Back to You (FOX)
  • Chuck (NBC)
  • 'Til Death (FOX)
  • According to Jim (ABC)

Only three of those shows have gotten the axe: Cavemen, Moonlight and Viva Laughlin. Cheers writer Rob Long is in first place, failing only to anticipate the inexplicable survival of According to Jim.

Last month, the contest's name became the Cease and Desist Television Pool after Burger was contacted by La Placa's attorney. "Seems either the previous honoree, or more importantly her lawyer, decided I was harming her, ahem, career," Burger announced. I would've thought by now that La Placa was impervious to harm -- after all, this is an actress whose career has survived her decision to star in two different Tom Arnold sitcoms.

The contest is now known as the Ted Marshall Open Television Death Pool. The new name's a fake in an attempt to avoid litigation, as Burger explains on his blog, but my guess is that he's honoring two other legendary show killers, Ted McGinley and Paula Marshall.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

Comments

Take heart, "Back to You" was cancelled as well.


 

Damn! I ended in 4th place. And lost to a Cheers writer. I guess not even all those Emmys could fill the hole in Rob Long's soul. Bastard!


Damn! Damn! And how close did I come to that TPIR tie-breaker!


 

Least popular Workbench article ever.


 

That's not true at all. A few of my posts were so spectacularly unpopular that I deleted them from the archives:


  • My Favorite Solo Lovemaking Techniques

  • The Wit and Wisdom of Computer Book Authors

  • I Cleansed My Colon

  • Inside Katherine Harris

  • Diagnose My Skin Blemish


 

Add "in 24 Hours" to the end of each, and you've got 5 new books!


 

Great website! It looks really good! Sustain the helpful work!
fotbollstr?jor www.afterglowvp.com


 

Basically wanted to tell you I'm just delighted that i stumbled onto your page!|


 

The posts is really interesting.


 

I like reading through your website. Thanks a ton!
fotballdrakter barn www.travelstobhutan.com


 

Surprisingly user friendly site. Tremendous details readily available on few clicks on.
fodboldtr?jer www.crimsontee.com


 

Keep up the remarkable job !! Lovin' it!


 

You're a very useful website; couldn't make it without ya!
fotbollstrojor www.afterglowvp.com


 

Wow because this is excellent job! Congrats and keep it up.


 

Quite insightful, look ahead to returning.


 

So instructive look forward to coming back.


 

thank a lot for your web site it aids a great deal.
magliette calcio www.glivytech.com


 

I delight in the info on your site. Many thanks.
billiga fotbollstr?jor www.tampabaygoodliving.com


 

Thanks, this website is very useful.
fotbollstr?jor www.tampabaygoodliving.com


 

Truly such a helpful web site.
fodboldtr?jer b?rn www.zamanthajoeh.com


 

Hiya, well put together web site you've got there.
fodboldtr?jer www.zamanthajoeh.com


 

Great looking internet site. Assume you did a bunch of your very own html coding.
magliette calcio www.glivytech.com


 

Maintain the great job and bringing in the group!


 

I enjoy this website - its so usefull and helpfull.
maglie calcio bambino www.doralcentermall.com


 

Amazing web page you possess here.
Maglie Calcio a poco prezzo www.niveauradio.com


 

You've got wonderful info listed here.


 

Simply want to express I'm just pleased I came upon your internet page!|


 

thank a lot for your internet site it aids a lot.
Magliette Calcio Poco Prezzo www.wendtsporkpalace.com


 

You have got very well information right.


 

Great website! It looks really professional! Sustain the excellent work!
maglie calcio www.haeroo.com


 

Thanks a ton! It is an amazing webpage!
maglie calcio www.haeroo.com


 

When some one searches for his essential thing, so he/she needs to be available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here.


 

say thanks to so considerably for your website it helps a lot.
Maglia Napoli Poco Prezzo www.theconservatarianreview.com


 

You're a really helpful internet site; could not make it without ya!
Real Madrid Tr?jer www.shannonmdrealty.com


 

Really this is a helpful site.
Manchester United Tr?jor www.fashionradicalsnews.com


 

Passion the site-- really user pleasant and great deals to see!
Arsenal Tr?jor www.fashionradicalsnews.com


 

You're a really valuable site; could not make it without ya!
Chelsea Drakt www.socalhardwoodflooring.com


 

The material is incredibly helpful.


 

Great looking website. Think you did a lot of your very own coding.
Maglia Lazio Poco Prezzo www.theconservatarianreview.com


 

Great web website! It looks really professional! Keep up the good work!
Bayern Munchen Tr?jer www.shannonmdrealty.com


 

The knowledge is amazingly useful.


 

Thanks for sharing this amazing site.
Napoli Drakt www.mydescubrimientos.com


 

The knowledge is quite significant.


 

Rather helpful looking forwards to coming back.


 

Great looking internet site. Think you did a whole lot of your own html coding.
Manchester City Drakt www.mydescubrimientos.com


 

Wow cuz this is really great job! Congrats and keep it up.


 

Many thanks, this site is really helpful.
Juventus Tr?jer www.asleftasfound.com


 

You're a very practical web site; could not make it without ya!
Arsenal Tr?jor www.bettermensolutions.com


 

I go to see daily some web sites and sites to read posts, except this webpage presents feature based posts.
James Leuthold web2interactive.com


 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on %meta_keyword%. Regards


 

Add a Comment

These HTML tags are permitted: p, b, i, a, and blockquote. A comment may not include more than three links. Participants in this discussion should note the site's moderation policy.