Audiences and network executives are apparently in disagreement about the appeal of actor Christian Slater, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
"If there’s one thing that TV audiences have made crystal clear in the last few years, it’s that they don’t like TV shows starring Christian Slater," the story notes.
Yet networks keep ordering shows starring the "Heathers" actor.
The past three years have seen NBC’s "My Own Worst Enemy," ABC’s "The Forgotten" and Fox’s "Breaking In" — all starring Slater — all canceled quickly after bombing.
But three strikes haven’t gotten Slater out. He’s starring in another new network drama, the ABC midseason show "Mind Games," the piece notes. He stars with Steve Zahn as brothers who use manipulation to solve clients’ problems.
"Maybe ‘Mind Games’ will be able to manipulate viewers into accepting Slater as a TV star," the story says.