It wasn't a good year for Taylor Kitsch, Ashley Judd or Mariah Carey
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After years of wooing from cable and the networks, Ashley Judd finally committed to giving TV a try. And ABC committed to filming most of "Missing" around Europe in a process that couldn't have been cheap, but also seemed destined to guarantee that the thriller would play well in the increasingly valuable overseas market. The network then spent months aggressively promoting that Ashley Judd's character was just a MOTHER looking for her SON, while simultaneously emphasizing that she could kick butt, hoping to bridge gender gaps and bring a big audience to Thursdays at 8 p.m. Maybe the problem was premiering against an NCAA Tournament game featuring Judd's beloved Kentucky Wildcats? Or maybe it was just the wrong show on the wrong network, but "Missing" started with mediocre numbers and fell with each week, leading to a cancellation after one short season. But hey, at least ABC got to pretend that "Missing" was a miniseries, earning Judd an Emmy nod.
- Daniel Fienberg