On Tuesday, it's a question of now what.
Charles told Letterman that he had made the decision a year ago. While he said that "it is tough to leave stability and … structure," he was nonetheless "just ready to kind of move on."
Could that move be to film? Other TV mainstays who didn't renew their contacts on a hit show — see Steve Carrell and "The Office" — often did so for movie careers. Charles has some movie experience. Very early in his career, the 42-year-old had parts in "Hairspray" and "Dead Poets Society," but it's been mostly indie roles during hiatuses, if there were movie parts at all.
A film career for a longtime TV star is far from a sure thing. On the other hand, Charles has both dramatic experience a la "Good Wife" as well as comedic chops, as evidenced in his early career
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