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Gal Gadot, ‘TBL: The Beautiful Life’ (The CW, Sept. 2009)

It was an incredibly short-lived series — just two episodes aired before the CW pulled the plug — and future Wonder Woman star Gadot didn’t make her debut until episode 3. But all five installments of the NYC-set fashion model drama can be seen on YouTube, meaning you can check out the former Miss Israel and Israel Defense Forces combat instructor as supermodel Olivia on the Ashton Kutcher-produced series. (Photo: YouTube/Getty Images)

Winners from losers: Failed TV shows that produced big stars

Kimberly Potts
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

The biggest TV flops can have a silver lining, and for this collection of failed tube efforts, it’s that they all featured major future stars in their casts. Yep, even a show that lasted a mere two episodes gave audiences their first chance to get to know Hollywood’s greatest female superhero, and future Oscar winner George Clooney was puttin’ a one-season comedy spin on the emergency room long before his career got serious with ER. Here, a roundup of 10 TV shows that were ratings failures but superstar-forecasting hits.