As you might have heard, American Idol‘s season five runner-up Katharine McPhee landed a lead role in an NBC comedy pilot called The Pink House. The premise of the show? McPhee plays a Midwestern girl who must cope with being one of the only women in her neighborhood without a “California beach-bunny” figure.
Though I worry the mere presence of the word “bunny” in this description might remind viewers of McPhee’s awkward turn in 2008’s The House Bunny, I say good for McPhee! I was never the biggest fan of the singer, but I’ve got to admire the serious chutzpah she’s been rocking in Hollywood since losing the American Idol title to Taylor Hicks.
And her success as an actress makes me wonder why more Idol alums haven’t tried their hands at the big or small screen. Yes, judging by Carrie Underwood’s appearance on How I Met Your Mother last night, I understand that most Idol alums likely don’t have the ability to act. (Anyone else agree that that teacup pig stole the show from Underwood last night?) But seeing as some already have already flexed their thespian muscles — Jennifer Hudson, natch, Tamyra Gray, Jim Verraros, Constantine Maroulis, Kevin Covais, and a pre-Idol Jackie Tohn, to name just a few — I’m curious to see what some of our other Idols can bring to Hollywood. (Other than a golden ticket, of course.)
So, tell me, PopWatchers: What Idol alum would you like to see grace the big or small screen? And what would you like to see them play? (I’ve always felt the cutesy Ramiele Malubay would be perfect as a star on the Disney Channel.) Your turn!