Sunday night, Natalie Morales popped up on Making History as Mona, a newspaper reporter who starts investigating the goings on involving Adam Pally’s Dan, Yassir Lester’s Chris, and Leighton Meester’s Deb. Oh, also Sam Adams and John Hancock, because this is a silly comedy about time traveling. Making History is also better than it has any right to be, given its premise. However, we might as well already begin writing the obituaries for the show, because Morales’ appearance is, in essence, a death knell for any show.
You may not recognize Morales by name, but you’ve probably seen her pop up on TV. That’s especially true if you are a fan of short-lived TV programs. Here’s a partial list of shows that Morales has either starred in or appeared in a recurring role: The Middle Man, Trophy Wife, The Grinder, and Powerless. Those first three shows were all cancelled after one season, and Powerless is all but cancelled at this point. Basically, Morales has not had the best luck in terms of finding stability in the television realm.
Now, this is not to disparage Morales. The finger is not pointed at her. She’s great. She’s got a lot of charm and fits in perfectly in the sitcom world. Morales has a way with deadpan and sarcasm and I would be more than happy to watch a show wherein she was a main cast member. In fact, I have multiple times. I’m a big fan of The Middle Man and The Grinder. I mourned the loss of both of those shows. Morales has just been unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s not always the case, she appeared in several episodes of Parks and Recreation, but Morales has yet to have a main role in a show that has been able to gain some traction.
That’s a shame, because Morales makes any show she appears in better. In his first appearance in Making History, she was once again a welcome addition. It certainly seems like she is going to have a notable role going forward. Hopefully that role can extend into a second season for once.