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What the Hell Happened to Katherine Heigl?

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Katherine Heigl first came onto the scene with the cult TV series Roswell. She would go on to greater TV success with Grey’s Anatomy, which would win her an Emmy Award. From there, Heigl capitalized on that success with success in a trilogy of romantic comedies. In recent years, though, she became known as a cautionary tale about the dangers of biting the hand that feeds you. As a result, her most recent appearance was a commercial for NyQuil.

What the hell happened?

heigl child model
Katherine’s career started at age 9 when Heigl’s aunt sent pictures of her to modeling agencies. This led to contracts as a child model for such companies as Sears and TV spots for Cherrios.

hiegl - that night
Not surprisingly, appearances in movies soon followed. The first of these for Heigl was the 1992 drama That Night,

Future vampire slayer, Eliza Dushku starred in her film debut.  She played a young girl who idolized a neighboring teen played by Juliette Lewis.  The two girls become friends when Lewis’ character begins dating a hoodlum played by C. Thomas Howell.  Heigl played one of Dushku’s friends.

Reviews leaned towards positive.  But the modest movie didn’t make an impact with audiences.

heigl - king of the hill

In 1993, Heigl appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s  Depression-era drama King of the Hill.

Jesse Bradford starred as a boy struggling to survive on his own in a St. Louis apartment.  His mother has been committed to a sanitarium and his father is a traveling salesman.  Heigl played a pretty blonde girl who asks the down-on-his luck boy if he would like to dance.  Karen Allen, Spalding Grey, Elizabeth McGovern and Adrien Brody also appear in supporting roles.

At the time, Soderbergh wasn’t yet one of America’s most cherished directors.  He had turned heads with his directorial debut, Sex, Lies and Videotape.  But his follow-up film, Kafka, had a lot of people thinking Soderbergh was a one-hit wonder.  King of the Hill represented a come-back for Soderbergh.  It didn’t have the same impact as Sex, Lies and Videotape.  But it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

heigle - my father the hero

In 1994, Heigl landed her first leading role in the cringe-inducing comedy, My Father the Hero.

Gérard Depardieu starred as a single dad who takes his daughter to the Bahamas on vacation.  Heigl played the daughter who tries to impress a boy with a series of bizarre stories.  Depardieu is so desperate to make his daughter happy that he plays along with her lies even when she claims that he is her lover.  Wait!  What?  Who would be impressed by that?

My Father the Hero was an American remake of the French farce, Mon père, ce héros which also starred Depardieu.  In the 90’s Disney had a strange fascination with remaking French farces.  I’m chalking that up to the success of Three Men and a Baby.  They also had an inexplicable devotion to the notion that Depardieu could somehow be made into an American movie star.  I don’t know what they thought Americans would find more appealing; the broken English, the big nose or the middle-aged paunch.

Reviews were dreadful and the movie flopped at the box office.  It opened at #4 behind Philapelphia which was in its seventh week of release and Mrs. Doubtfire which had been in theaters for 11 weeks.

On the upside, Heigl was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Actress Starring in a Motion Picture.  Unfortunately, she lost to Anna Chlumsky for My Girl 2.

Heigl has expressed one lingering regret about having starred in the Disney comedy about a teenage girl who lies about bedding her overweight French papa.  It’s this:

heigl - my father the hero swimsuit

Heigl had claimed to be “mortified” about the white thong swimsuit.   She has said that if she knew then what she knows now, she would have refused to wear it.  Heigl beat out a young Alicia Silverstone for the part.  But after seeing the movie, Silverstone said she was glad she wasn’t cast:

On My Father, The Hero, I didn’t get it because I was a little bit heavy compared with the girl who did get it, but that was a blessing because the girl runs around in a bathing suit throughout the whole thing. It was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And the girl was really bad.

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Posted on April 12, 2014, in What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 198 Comments.

  1. Daniel Craig And Katherine Heigl Finalizing Deals To Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ As James Bond News Surfaces

    https://deadline.com/2016/05/daniel-craig-steven-soderbergh-logan-lucky-bond-questions-1201763020/

    EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are said to be finalizing deals to join Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte. The film is scheduled for a fall start date, which puts further into question the actor’s willingness to return to the Bond franchise for MGM. Pre-production on Logan Lucky starts this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 and NASCAR says it has thrown its support behind the picture which is huge given that the sport has literally millions of fans across the country and advertisers flock to it. In fact, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been the No. 1 or No. 2 most-watched sport of the weekend 10 times in 2016 and it has had about 40M unique TV viewers over the last 12 races.

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  2. 15 Actors Who Desperately Need A Hit

    http://whatculture.com/film/15-actors-who-desperately-need-a-hit?page=15

    Katherine Heigl

    Katherine Heigl’s career peak was undeniably from 2005 to 2010, where she starred in Grey’s Anatomy, and enjoyed a string of hits with the likes of Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life as We Know It.

    Since then, her only two hits have been ensemble rom-com New Year’s Eve and animated film The Nut Job, neither of which were a success because of her.

    These days, most of Heigl’s output ends up going straight-to-VOD, with her lack of major roles being attributed to her difficult-to-work-with reputation and a general audience dislike for the personalities of her characters.

    Almost nobody is beyond a PR resuscitation, though, so all it takes is a fantastic role in a comedy to turn audiences around on her. Then again, if she continues badmouthing people she works with (as she did to both Judd Apatow and the Grey’s Anatomy writers), then she may end up burning too many bridges to come back from.

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    • Description:
      Have you ever watched an old movie and thought to yourself, “Hmmm…I wonder what happened to that actor?” Well, you’re not alone. The entertainment industry is notorious for tossing actors to the side in favor of newer, younger, and fresh talent. The second the industry has no use for those who once headlined some of the most profitable films, those celebs are quickly discarded, and fade into oblivion never to be heard from or seen ever again. Okay, maybe we’re being just a tad bit dramatic. But when some of our favorite stars disappear on us, it does make us wonder why Hollywood rejected them.

      We took a look at 10 celebrities who were once at the top of the industry, but now they are stuck in the dreaded B-list category. Cameron Diaz is a prime example of an actress who was once the most popular, bubbly, and beautiful star to grace movie screens. She had everyone’s attention when she appeared in “There’s Something About Mary,” but she had some trouble recreating that success. She started taking gigs in horrible movies such as “Bad Teacher,” and soon enough, Hollywood had turned its back on her. Cameron tried to save face by suggesting she would take a break from the industry to start a family with her husband Benji Madden, but we all know she’s just the latest victim to be rejected by the industry.

      Comedians definitely have it bad when it comes to maintaining their position in the entertainment industry. It seems like the second they tell one bad joke, they’re completely exiled. Jim Carrey is one funnyman who has experienced the cold harsh reality of what happens when your type of humor is no longer popular. In the 90s, Jim made us laugh in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” with his funny one-liners, his manic facial expressions and his knee-slapping antics. But as time progressed, Jim’s eccentric humor became annoying more than anything. He hasn’t starred in a blockbuster film since.

      Vince Vaughn and Jim should have a pow-wow, because the two definitely have some things in common. Vince Vaughn was the forever young party animal in almost every film in the early-2000s. But the industry got tired of seeing him act like a teenage boy in films such as “Old School,” and “Wedding Crashers.” His career has been on a slow decline ever since.

      These next two actors were like a BOGO deal in the early-2000s, and since they experienced success as a team, it’s only right that they both get the boot from the industry together, too. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore co-starred in a string of successful films, such as “50 First Dates,” and “The Wedding Singer.” But the same cheesy storylines get tired after awhile, and moviegoers became annoyed with the same old plot and premise. Hollywood has also bid these two adieu, and we doubt they will have a top box office hit ever again.

      Did any of your favorite actors make it on our list of stars who have been rejected by Hollywood?

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      • Instances when reporters ruined innocent celebs’ lives

        http://www.nickiswift.com/7282/instances-reporters-ruined-innocent-celebs-lives/

        Katherine Heigl

        Reporters running wild with rumors have come close to destroying Katherine Heigl’s career. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story saying Heigl’s attitude, along with her mother, was ruining her career. The article states that, while she does have the talent to a big movie star, Heigl’s difficult behavior dissuades people from wanting to work with her. Now while Heigl has said that she doesn’t see herself as difficult to work with, she does have a biased opinion. However, producer Joe Carnahan has also jumped to her defense, saying, “it’s just that she’s got an opinion,” and people don’t like women with opinions. And anyway, she’s young yet. If Russell Crowe and Charlie Sheen can bounce back from psychotic behavior, Heigl can bounce back from people’s objections to her opinions. She just needs to star in something like Knocked Up 2 to get things rolling.

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  3. Katherine Heigl Weighs in on Seth Rogen’s ‘Knocked Up’ Comments

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/katherine-heigl-weighs-in-on-seth-rogens-knocked-up-comments/ar-BBvuqTm?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

    Katherine Heigl is aware of Seth Rogen’s recent comments about their public “feud” following hit comedy Knocked Up, and now she’s clearing the air.

    “I think that he’s handled that so beautifully, and I just feel nothing but love and respect,” she said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour – where she was promoting her new CBS legal drama Doubt – when asked how she felt about Rogen recently drudging up the past.

    “It’s so long ago at this point,” she added of the pair’s drama, which started in 2008 when she called the Judd Apatow film “a little sexist” in a Vanity Fair interview. “I just wish him so much goodness – and I felt that from him, too.”

    During his press tour for the new animated comedy Sausage Party, Rogen has spoken on more than one occasion about the aftermath of the 2007 movie – first on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! and later on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

    “The only people who in this situation should in any way take anything from it is me and Judd because we’re the ones she was talking about. For other people to not work with her because she didn’t like her experience with us is – I think is crazy,” Rogen told Stern, later adding that neither he nor Apatow have personally heard from Heigl: “When I apologize to people, generally I don’t take a public forum to do it.”

    It’s unclear whether Rogen is going to get that apology, but perhaps the two can finally bury the hatchet.

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  4. The Ashton Kutcher curse

    http://www.grunge.com/26479/ashton-kutcher-curse/s/katherine-heigl-killers/

    Katherine Heigl (Killers)

    Katherine Heigl is something of a female Ashton Kutcher, the go-to name when you need someone for a bog-standard rom-com. The pair were brought together in 2010 for Killers, and despite the project sitting well within their comfort zones, the two actors showed surprisingly little chemistry. Heigl was still riding the success of Judd Apatow box office smash Knocked Up at the time, though she had already been afforded one slip-up in the contrived and wearisome 27 Dresses in 2008, so Killers was key to her establishing herself as a genuine leading lady in the genre.

    Unfortunately for Heigl, the film bombed at the box office and was torn apart by critics, the beginning of what would become a momentous slump for the actress. Of the next six films she released, five have Rotten Tomatoes scores of 10 percent or less, and her cause wasn’t helped when comments she made about former colleagues led to her being labelled difficult to work with. Her dip in fortunes got so bad that she eventually resorted to TV commercials, advertising kitty litter among other things.

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    • She liked to act like she was above the work, like she too good of an actress to be doing those roles, yet she never, ever did any serious acting. All she did was basically romantic comedies. Even at her peak of fame, she never ventured beyond those types of roles. And it’s kind of hard to become America’s sweetheart when you come off as a snot in every interview. She pretty much trashed the very two projects that made her a star, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Knocked Up”. Heigl decided to shut doors rather than walk through them. It didn’t help her mom (also her manager) was a huge jerk who enabled and encouraged her awful behavior. It was basically a one two punch of career killing behavior.

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  5. I’ve seen Katherine Heigl in that Cat’s Pride commercial a few times now, and I think she still has that commanding presence; nothing phoned in or whihy-washy there. The product itself though? Cat’s Pride is okay, but I prefer Fresh Step (it’s softer on my paws, I mean, my cats paws).

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  6. Blind Items Revealed #5

    http://crazydaysandnights.net/2016/10/blind-items-revealed-5-532.html

    October 13, 2016

    Apparently with the impending arrival of a family member, this former dual threat A lister turned new show every season actress is being nice on set. I know. She still has a temper, but overall, people are not disliking the experience as much as they did a couple of months ago or hating it like everyone she worked with on her last show.

    Katherine Heigl

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  7. Re: Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Sarah Michelle Gellar Anymore

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/board/thread/261774441?d=262695737#262695737

    Heigl had the b!tch reputation all the way back when she was a nobody on Roswell. She was demanding that the show be more about Isobel when her character was NOT the main character and season 3 got utterly ruined and derailed with her demands to be the star. She was a huge diva even in her Roswell days. The reputation is quite earned.

    James has talked about not having any romantic interest in SMG and saw her as his little sister (it didn’t make her happy to know that). James was so cozy with Juliet Landau, however, that his then-girlfriend got incredibly jealous and made a comment about preferring DB. James thus ended up having feelings of rivalry with him due to that. JM and JL have being method actors in common (which SMG definitely was not).

    James did get into some hot water for writing a dirty song about underage Michelle Trachtenberg, which resulted in them having almost no scenes together in season 7 (Michelle had a big teenage crush). The lyrics are… awkward.

    There were a bunch of tabloids saying that DB’s first wife (the Claddagh ring, by the way, was his wedding ring) suspected him and SMG of an affair and was following him to work. SMG did deny it one time with a comment about how the tabloid reporting that they were seen at a healthy restaurant was ridiculous as she never saw him put anything in his mouth that wasn’t deep-fried. But there was also a French interview where she made a statement about DB’s first marriage not being made in heaven. The tabloids published quite a few photos of them out at clubs together and there are all those photos of her sitting on his lap constantly. But SMG is notoriously tight-lipped about her romantic life, even denying she was dating Freddie when it was actually true. There is some evidence that she was the one with the big crush, rather than the attention being on his side. This is the big ‘did they or not?’ question that has been gossiped about salaciously. Clearly nothing that got in the way of them being friends.

    And despite it being exaggerated a lot as if it were all their scenes, it was actually only during their first kiss in 1×07 where they ate the gross foods (coincidentally, the HD version revealed DB using a lot of tongue–also during the bedroom Surprise kiss and there’s a really visible spit trail in IOHEFY).

    SMG caused the set to be shut down twice because she was inconsolable over the breakup scene in The Prom and was begging for the end of IWRY to be changed. You can hear DB softly break character to say “Shh, Sarah, please.” because SMG was so genuinely distraught during IWRY. IOHEFY, as I mentioned before, also has outtakes where DB is softly telling SMG to keep going when she tells him how tired she is during the ghost reenactment scenes. And apparently it was so tough to do the scene where Angelus breaks Buffy’s heart the morning after that DB would hug SMG after every take.

    Despite the rivalry due to Juliet and the ex-girlfriend situation, James has said nothing but praise for DB’s work ethic, especially when he was injured and would act like nothing had happened (DB’s head went through and broke a 2×4 of the Summerses’ house set during Lovers’ Walk at the door because of a malfunctioning cable, but got up like nothing happened + DB was in a car accident with hospitalized whiplash the morning he was chained to the ceiling for In the Dark–he was saying he was fine, but JM noted him wincing when he thought no one was looking). There was also an incident with a guest star who said some crude things about/to SMG that had JM and DB talking about which one of them would hold the guy down and which one would pummel. Both were very protective of SMG. JM also seemed really pleased to be on AtS with a bunch of guys after the overload of women at the end of BtVS. When being the lead in Hellbound was so overwhelming for JM, he asked DB how he did it every week.

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  8. Welcome to Your Career Comeback, Katherine Heigl

    http://www.pajiba.com/trailers/unforgettable-trailer-welcome-to-your-career-comeback-katherine-heigl.php

    Katherine Heigl’s career since 2010 has been one long series of misfires that all seemed to begin after Heigl ditched Grey’s Anatomy. While she was on it, she scored hits with Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and the awful The Ugly Truth, but it’s been a slow descent ever since, characterized at first by awful underperforming movies (Killers, Life as We Know It), awful box-office bombs (One for the Money, The Big Wedding), and movies that didn’t even make it into theaters (Home Sweet Hell, Jackie and Ryan) and even a movie that did manage to make it into two theaters, but that only put up $4,700 at the box office (Jenny’s Wedding). She also has a short-lived series to her name, State of Affairs, and is set to embark on another in 2017, Doubt.

    Oh, and she has a GOOP-like lifestyle blog tracking her life in Utah that is so bad we thought it was an April Fool’s joke. It is not.

    Heigl’s reputation as an a**hole has not helped, but then again, she is the poster child for the difference between what it means to be a difficult actress (a fading career) versus what it means to be a difficult actor (Oscar nominations, roles as the Joker).

    When all else fails, however, there is always the B-movie revenge thriller, where someone sleeps with the wrong person and gets terrorized for it. Bad as they may be, they’re usually hysterically bad, and always good for at least $50 million at the box office. They are basically bigger-budget Lifetime movies (but not much bigger). Remember Beyoncé’s Obsessed? Jennifer Lopez’s The Perfect Guy? Idris Elba’s No Good Deed? You can buy those three DVDs in a package at Wal-Mart now for $13 (I’m not kidding), and within a year, you can probably get a four-DVD set with Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl as the crazy, menacing, stalking ex-wife who goes after Rosario Dawson for stealing her life.
    It looks terrible. I’m going to watch the shit out of it. Welcome to your career comeback, Heig

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  9. Episode #103 – One for the Money

    http://www.flophousepodcast.com/2012/06/episode-103-one-for-the-money/

    We continue our streak of repeat Flop House offenders with the Katherine Heigl-starring action comedy (?) One for the Money. Meanwhile, Elliott brings back the rich tradition of radio sound effects, Stuart is very confused about My Cousin Vinny, and Pervazoid Number Dan …

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  10. Katherine Heigl – Do you ever think she sits around her house, which must be looking a bit outdated about now,

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18240763-katherine-heigl-do-you-ever-think-she-sits-around-her-house-which-must-be-looking-a-bit-outdated-about-now-

    and realizes how she and her mom totally f***ed her career beyond repair? Or do you think she’s delusional in wondering what happened?
    —Anonymous (98 views)

    3 replies5 hours ago

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    • Examples of when actors go “Hollywood”

      http://officialfan.proboards.com/thread/554124/examples-when-actors-hollywood?page=2

      8 hours ago Captain White Tiger said:
      8 hours ago Hit Girl said:
      Katherine Heigl is the kind of person who if she was drowning and you threw her a life preserver, she’d complain about the color.
      Didn’t she completely s*** on Knocked up around the time it was coming out? Essentially Rogan and the gang made a decent movie in spite of her.

      She said some s*** about the movie being anti-feminist or something because it made her character look like a miserable bi*** compared to the cooler, friendlier male slacker characters.

      The problem with her argument is that she should have known all of this before they even started shooting, unless the director completely changed the script after she agreed to do the movie, which is doubtful. The second problem is that she comes across as a miserable bi*** in almost every film she’s been in, which means she’s either picking the same bad roles over and over again, or being a miserable bi*** is just a trait inherent to Katherine Heigl.

      Personally I think she was pissed off because she was embarrassed that “Knocked Up” depicted her having sex with Seth Rogan.

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      • Future of Movie Stars: Who Will Shine? Who Will Fade Away?

        http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/?do=findComment&comment=3084196

        Anyway, I was thinking…with us being in the late part of the decade now (just two years and 9 months until we can say we live in the 20’s), I was wondering who you consider to be the biggest star flameouts of the decade.

        For females, it’s Katherine Heigl. Hands down. She had pretty much locked up the American Sweetheart crown and could have ridden that for awhile, but then she had to ruin it with her mouth. Although her success really was more at the end of the 2000’s than the beginning of this decade, so hmm. Her downfall really started with leaving Grey’s Anatomy though in 2011, although she had a lot of bad press going into that. Her career stalled in 2011, but really flamed out in 2012 when One For the Money bombed hard and she no longer had Grey’s Anatomy to fall back on. I really can’t think of any other female star that fell that hard from fame during the 2010’s…she was considered hot in 2010, “not” by 2011, and “done” by 2012.

        If she hadn’t burned her bridges with Judd Apatow she probably would still be working in movies people would want to see because he does keep a lot of people employed. She’s trying really hard to re-ignite her career on T.V. but it seems like a lost cause.

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        • http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/?do=findComment&comment=3088766

          Oh Katherine Heigl. She really had so much potential, and she had a great career right in front of her on a silver platter, and she totally blew it. At the time, I remember a lot of people crying sexism and double standard after Heigl got heat put on her for accusing her break out movie (Knocked Up) for being sexist against women, and I just never saw that. Maybe you could make the argument that she wouldn’t have gotten such a Hollywood backlash if she was a guy, but, to me, it doesn’t look great on anyone to bite the hand that feeds them, unless its a pretty obvious moral lapse. Also, I would have been fine with her saying she found Knocked Up sexist (I didn’t, but I can see what she was saying), if she didn’t follow that up with starring in a string of RIDICULOUSLY sexist and terrible movies (I was dragged to The Ugly Truth, and it was offensive to men, women, and the entire human race), and saying more stupid crap and acting like she was the best thing to ever happen to Hollywood.

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        • http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/?do=findComment&comment=3162477

          Not to disagree at all the women are judged by different standards, but Heigl’s attitude wasn’t the cause of her career troubles. She was successful at the box office for a while in spite of her apparently being difficult to work with, but she made too many critically and commercially unsuccessful films, and at that point her having burned bridges kicked in, because when people don’t like you they don’t have much incentive to extend a helping hand when you’re down.

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        • That’s sounds about right to me, like the industry hypothetically said to her when she began to struggle, “Good”!

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    • http://forums.previously.tv/topic/7750-future-of-movie-stars-who-will-shine-who-will-fade-away/?do=findComment&comment=3207395

      Thinking about how people have joked that Lindsay Lohan’s drug problems allowed Emma Stone to move in and take over her career (which I don’t really believe BTW), Heigl might have survived her rep as a diva except right about the time her films started to tank there came bursting onto the scene another 5’9” pretty, statuesque actress with a bombshell body, except she was a decade younger, who not only wowed the critics with her impressive dramatic acting chops in an indie film but charmed the public with her goofy, likable “I’m just a relatable dork” persona on talk shows.

      SUNDAY 04:07 PM

      Yes, and Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t been in or gone after the type of romcom movies that Heigl was in but you need a hook in Hollywood, something to make you standout and Heigl’s coming off Grey’s Anatomy was as the girl who was a statuesque stunner but was also relatable.

      SUNDAY 04:31 PM

      Right, JLaw has spent most of the 2010s bouncing between prestige fare and franchises, while fans happened to sour on Heigl in a big way around the time that DVD sales began to crater, which made mid-budget movies a lot less lucrative if they weren’t going to be players in Oscar season. I don’t really think it’s that Lawrence replaced Heigl in any way, just that JLaw ascended as the next big thing and the major studios severely curtailed production of the sort of movies that Katherine used to headline. The only overlap in their careers I can see is stand-alone action: talent wise, I think Heigl would done well in Passengers and if Killers were being made now, the studio would probably try to get Lawrence on board.

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  11. 7 reasons Hollywood doesn’t make romantic comedies anymore

    http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/2/14/14604300/romantic-comedy-dead

    5) Katherine Heigl

    It’s a bit unfair to blame Katherine Heigl entirely for the collapse of the romantic comedy, especially when she starred in a bunch that made money (notably the genuinely terrible 27 Dresses). After all, when she was making her rom-com hits, Hollywood was also cranking out rom-coms from the likes of Adam Sandler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s not all on Heigl’s shoulders.

    But it remains a fact that Heigl was the leading rom-com star there for a while, and for whatever reason, every movie she made after breaking out in 2007’s (very good) Knocked Up was awful. Maybe Hollywood just forgot how to write and produce rom-coms (entirely possible!). Maybe she just didn’t know how to choose good scripts (also possible). Maybe some of it has to do with Heigl’s prickly reputation within Hollywood (definitely possible). But the fact remains that when Heigl was the leading star of the genre, starring in a rom-com quickly became (to borrow Buchanan’s term) “disreputable.”

    Now even Katherine Heigl doesn’t show much interest in the genre, having largely returned to television. Her most recent swing was the indie rom-com Jenny’s Wedding, in which she and Alexis Bledel got married. It — sigh — wasn’t very good.

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  12. Katherine Heigl & Laverne Cox Show “Doubt” FLOPS on CBS!

    https://www.datalounge.com/thread/18415107-katherine-heigl-laverne-cox-show-doubt-flops-on-cbs!

    “The CBS drama was a big deal when it was pitched and landed at CBS, not only because the project was the type of court case of the week story that CBS loves but also because it would bring Katherine Heigl back to TV in her first big role since the flop that was State of Affairs on NBC. Unfortunately, the series was not hot out of the gate, with TV By The Numbers reporting that the show only earned a .8 rating in the advertising demo. A total of 5.3 million total viewers tuned in for the episode, which would be a reasonably sizable amount on other networks, but since CBS skews older, it’s really not a great number for the Eye Network.

    To give you an idea for how low that rating is compared to its total viewers, ABC’s Match Game, which also airs in the 10 p.m. timeslot, did a .9 rating on Wednesday night with only 3.5 million total viewers tuning in. That doesn’t bode particularly well for Doubt, as a show’s premiere is often one of its highest-rated episodes. The numbers are likely to at least go down a little bit in the weeks to come and since a .8 is already low, things are looking, well, doubtful for Doubt.”

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  13. Katherine Heigl’s troubled career takes ANOTHER hit as Unforgettable projected to bomb at box office

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4434194/Katherine-Heigl-s-Unforgettable-projected-bomb.html

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