1. My Big Fat Greek Life (CBS, 2003)
Its star may have faded since 2002, but when My Big Fat Greek Wedding was first released in theaters, it was an overwhelming hit that made over $350 million on a $5 million budget. Obviously the eyes of network executives were soon replaced by cartoonish dollar signs as CBS jumped at the chance to bring the hit film to the small screen. Big mistake.
After just seven episodes, Nia Vardalos' show came to a screeching halt and was never heard from again. The fresh feel and genuine humor of the original movie got lost in translation as My Big Fat Greek Life settled on being a rather formulaic sitcom, as opposed to relying on what made the original so successful.
With other popular sitcoms like King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond reigning supreme at CBS at the time, there was just no room for My Big Fat Greek Life. It also didn’t help that one of the main stars from the movie, John Corbett, who played her husband, had to be replaced due to scheduling issues. Not a good way to start.