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How Do You Feel about High-Profile Guest Stars on TV?

This week, Law & Order: SVU announced something of a casting coup, saying it had gotten Robin Williams to guest-star on the show's 200th episode on April 29. It was already a big week for news about cameo appearances, anyway, as we're now counting down the days till Britney's big appearance on How I Met Your Mother.

Show producers seem to especially love getting big-name guest stars for milestones and key ratings periods, like the February and May sweeps — and I expect we'll be seeing more guest stars this spring as shows try to drum up some attention in the aftermath of the writers' strike. I'm wondering: Do you like it when big-name actors or personalities show up on your favorite TV shows? Or do you just find it distracting?


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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Also Ludacris and Cynthia Nixon on SVU were CLASSICS!! They usually are the best episodes!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
i think its cool, i love SVU with Robin Williams he's such an amazing actor! I didn't watch Britney Spears on How I Met Your Mother but my sister said she was good. It can't hurt, more people watch when big-named people come on the show.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Who cares about L&O or Robin Williams. It/He is so old. When is Brit's appearance going to be again?
gaptooth gaptooth 9 years
laneylaney says that Williams is bound to ham it up on L&A. I don't think do. All trtuly gifted comics (of which Williams is one) are usually also gifted dramatic actors. Remember "Good Will Hunting"?
facecandyblog facecandyblog 9 years
its disappointing. i so know how it happened. richard belzer's personal assistant's personal assistant just got married to robin williams' son. ick.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's great for celebs to make special appearances. it's good to see that they are willing to join an ensemble for a day and do something different. i do'nt think that it takes away from a show at all - and at times it even enhances it.
Luv4quest Luv4quest 9 years
Usually all the high profile guest stars on Law and Order (all of them) end up being stand out episodes - Whoopi on Criminal Intent as the Foster Mom of the murdering group of boys - or Cynthia Nixon on SVU as the pretend schizo - Also, Medium is another show that has great guest stars. But as far as comedies go - Nah, I will pass.... well Brad Pitt on Friends was good - yummy Brad
else411 else411 9 years
it depends- demi/madonna no, ha, can't think of any other famous people who was hyped enough to make me watch and then left me disappointed.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I think Robin Williams will do good on SVU. Watching Insomnia the other day makes me think this.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
I liked when Brad was on Friends and there were some good Will and Grace's.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
Robin Williams is bound to ham it up on Law and Order! Sure to be some wacko... Did anyone see Cynthia Nixon play a full-on crazy? Classic.
SeeLolaRun SeeLolaRun 9 years
It depends on how they utilize them. I think Scrubs brings out the best in their guest stars, Nip/Tuck makes everyone look as psychotic as humanly (and unhumanly) possible. Back when Will & Grace was on, it seemed like they celebrated stunt casting. It was just plain annoying. With the exception of that hilarious Matt Damon-in-a-gay-men's-chorus episode.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
susanec, yeap, you're right, that one was out of place. i kinda like other ones, but Robin Williams on Friends was stupid. Britney on Will And Grace (which I saw for the first time 5min ago so this pole is kinda psychic :D) was strange as well, but for me it is fun to see celebrities on shows - it's quick and different from movies or music videos they usually do. I loved seeing Brad Pitt on Friends, and saw Assasination of Jesse James... yesterday and it's wonderful to see how they can act.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I hate it, it's so desperate and and rarely honors the integrity of the show. It's pathetic.
susanec susanec 9 years
The best example of shoehorning in a "celebrity" - Paris Hilton on Veronica Mars. Not a good idea but the network wanted it.
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