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Sunday, April 06, 2008
I've Got A Crush On...
No, not Obama although I've said that I support him in the past. I alluded to a "man-crush" before when talking about Garret Dillahunt, but that was really more a case of respect and admiration for his body of work. My real "man-crush" would be reserved for George Clooney, but I'll have to delve into that topic some other time. On 2nd thought, perhaps we shall never speak of this again, OK?
My long dormant crush was awakened with the barrage of advertising for the NBC show "Medium" that touts Rosanna Arquette guest staring with her sister Patricia on this weeks' episode. Normally, I'd never watch this show since the one time I tried, it felt a bit "hacky" although I probably didn't give it a fair shake. And, Patricia seemed less a "Medium", and more like a "L", not that there's anything wrong with that. My goal is to watch LESS TV, so if it doesn't grab me the first time around, I'll move on.
But this kind of stunt-casting works every-time, and will result in me forgoing my usual discretion level, turning me into a spineless TV-watching lemming for sure. How many women have inspired not one, but two hit singles ("Rosanna" AND "In Your Eyes") that can you think of? Seeing her referred to as an "80's icon" isn't a good thing though, since it simultaneously makes me feel both lecherous AND old. I was OK with the first, but not so much the second one.
To take this one stalker-ish step further, while Googling for a picture to accompany this post, I stumbled upon an interesting link Why Make-Up Matters. The site shows some before and after make-up shots, which I guess are intended to shock us. Sure, there were a few (like Courtney Love) that could result in some sleepless nights, but most of these women still looked great in their natural state. I actually preferred the Katie Couric "before" shot to the after one.
What really rubs salt in an already open wound is that this show airs on Monday at 10pm on NBC in the same time slot that the recently cancelled Journeyman had occupied. A sci-fi, time-travel, mystery, relationship drama that worked on so many levels, except for its' ability to pull in ratings. Despite a series of Jericho inspired attempts to encourage the network to renew the show, the campaign changed nothing. Then again, ultimately it didn't work out all that well for Jericho either. At least Journeyman episodes are still up at Hulu; no word yet on when we can look forward to the DVD release.
This series joins Firefly on the list of brilliant sci-fi shows that weren't given a chance to grow and find an audience. As a result, expect to see more repeats of L&O (not the worst thing), a hideous re-make of Knight Rider (look at Bionic Woman to see how well THAT worked out) or more reality show drivel like this...