I was just watching a ReplayTVed episode of Dharma and Greg (which I will soon be sliding out of the rotation, but the reruns have made for a lot of viewing hours over the past year or so) when the episode ended and the first few seconds of a Spin City rerun came on. It was an episode from the first season, featuring Mike’s girlfriend, a character who was rather unceremoniously dumped halfway through the year. (I don’t mean they just dropped her; they actually edited her out of an already-aired episode for when it reran.) I had a second of thinking “poor gal, she got off of a sitcom which ended up having a fairly long run, and where is she now?”
Then I took another look at her. And she seemed familiar…
I’ll be honest, I had to look it up to clarify what was in my brain. But yes, this person who apparently ejected herself from a sitcom (if some reports were to be believed) was Carla Gugino, who has gone on to success as the mom in the Spy Kids movies and who distinguished herself in the too-quickly-gone Karen Sisco TV series.
And to be frank, even if she hadn’t jumped off the show at that particular moment, how long would she have lasted? Spin City had a rather horrible history when it came to female case members. In the first year the series had 10 cast memebers, 6 male, 4 female. When it ended six years later, none of the original females remained (in fact, the series ran on for two years without any of them) and others had joined the cast and then went away, while four of the six males were still there.
Meanwhile, Carla has moved on from other things, moved far far away away from Spin City? Her next appearance? In the stylish, comic-book-based movie Sin City