Not every TV show can be a hit, if they were then we’d never get any new shows because we’d still be watching all the successful, never-ending series. For example, remember when Sarah Paulson starred on Leap of Faith? Ya, well we do!
The 41-year-old actress has had a lot of success over the years, don’t get us wrong, but even Hollywood’s biggest stars have a few forgotten projects that didn’t really take off.
While Paulson pretty much came out the gate swinging starring on American Gothic in 1995 and then Jack & Jill in 1999, she hit a little snag when she appeared on the very short-lived — six episodes to be exact — Leap of Faith.
For those of you who don’t remember every TV show that ever tried to make it big, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Leap of Faith was a half-hour comedy that tried to live in the shadow of Friends on NBC back in 2002.
Paulson played Faith Wardell, aka the main character, who was an ad executive who called off her engagement after meeting an attractive actor. The show followed Faith in her newly-single life, as well as the lives of her three best friends, Patty (Lisa Edelstein), Cynthia (Regina King) and Andy (Ken Marino). The show also starred, Brad Rowe, Jill Clayburgh and Tim Meadows. Not a terrible premise, but not a knock-it-out-of-the-park idea either.
You’d think that you’d have automatic viewers because of its time slot being at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights following Friends, which was already in its eighth season — and was number one on TV and in our hearts — but sadly Leap of Faith was canceled before it really got a chance to shine.
Despite its failure we have to admit that we love watching old clips of Paulson in the comedy. She’s brilliant and its like jumping into a time machine to see what was going on back in the early ’00s.
Since Paulson went on to star in like a million more TV shows, including Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip starting in 2006 and then, you know, landing American Horror Story in 2011 and winning major awards for her role on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, it’s safe to say that taking a leap of faith on that short-lived sitcom didn’t in any way affect her career — thank goodness.
Oh and in case you want to know exactly what Leap of Faith looked like back in the day, we have a clip from the series below, featuring Paulson of course. Get ready for a serious throwback!
Oh Sarah, we literally love you.