Archive | April, 2011

You May Not Know You Know…

21 Apr

Mireille Enos! If the photo above still doesn’t jog your memory, because you’re thinking “who is that glam redhead?” you’ll simply have to imagine Mireille with minimal makeup and a sort of hang-dog look on her face.

If you still haven’t guessed, Mireille Enos happens to be the actress giving the most talked-about and critically acclaimed small-screen performance of the year, as the put-upon homicide detective Sarah Linden on AMC’s terrific new drama The Killing. Her subtle, nuanced performance is astounding. She portrays Det. Linden as being empathetic and kind, soft-spoken, and loving to her son and fiance. At the same time, her eyes betray a toughness, intelligence and a logical mistrust of others that make the character more and more intruiging each week.

A lot of people are probably surprised that an unknown actress could tackle such a difficult role and succeed so completely. I’m not one of those people, and that’s because I happen to have immediately recognized Mireille  from her much-smaller but still pivotal role on HBO’s masterful, recently ended (sob) Big Love. Playing fundamentalist Mormon twins Kathy and Jodean Marquart, Mireille Enos was fitted with outfits so dorky and hairstyles so outdated they make Sarah Linden’s wardrobe look like the front-row at Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week. But, hey, maybe that helped her get into character, because her performances, particularly as the heartbreakingly doomed Kathy Marquart, were exceptional.

I’m so glad I get to see this talented actress on the small screen again! You go, girl!

You Also May Not Know You Know

Yum. Damn, Michael Trucco is fiiine, right? Sigh. Even those who deny (foolishly) his hotness can’t deny that they might recognize him from the first space-based television show I’ve been into since that tween crush on Wesley Crusher kept me glued to episodes of Star Trek: TNG back in the early 1990’s. Yum. Wesley Crusher. But I digress…back to big Mike: He played the goofy, cocky, (SPOILER!) ultimately a Cylon Sam Anders, who married Kara Thrace to the dismay of teenaged boys everywhere, who was a rebel and an all-around cool guy, and who looked AWESOME without his shirt on.

When Battlestar ended, I thought I’d never see Michael Trucco shirtless again. And I was shattered.

But then, while watching How I Met Your Mother the other night…

Robyn was at the club with the gang. She saw a dude at the bar and told Lily he was her secret crush…he turned around and my Robyn’s heart (and mine!) were all aflutter because it was him: Michael Trucco

Not only was this scene followed by a “meet-cute” cutscene detailing Robyn’s first dealings with the handsome fella, but Robyn ended up talking to him and their chemistry was obvious (until Ted stepped in and broke shit up…oh, Ted!) The ending of the episode suggested that not only will Michael be back, but that he will likely be doing a several episode arc! Yay! Just enough time for him to take his shirt off. Several times.

Finally back…

20 Apr

If you’re not a total dork who’s constantly checking imdb.com and annoying your friends with useless tidbits of information about what obscure episode of some show “blahblahblah” was on in 2006 this probably isn’t the blog for you. This is my blog devoted to just these types of references to mostly character and bit-part actors who make up the landscape of tv land! If you are that kind of dork for whom this stuff gets the heart palpitating: Welcome!

I know it’s been a while, and I haven’t been a good blogger at ALL, but I’m committed this time…really! So, after more than a year-long hiatus I’ve decided to resume the Showverlaps! blog, and this time it’s for reals, ya’ll! I forgot how much I love this stuff! 

I will be adding some new shows to the ol’ repetoire and, unfortunately, some older favourites (Cold Case, My Boys, Big Love) will no longer be mentioned as much as they’ve been cancelled since last year. However, some cancelled or ended shows (Greek, Life on Mars) will likely still show up, as Greek only ended a month ago, and I only just watched Life on Mars on Netflix.

There are new shows on my radar, too, such as the silly but appealing Pretty Little Liars and the guilty pleasure gymnastics-fest Make It or Break It, both courtesy of ABCFamily. I recently became a disciple of Community and watched the first half of the second season in one day! And Boardwalk Empire? Pretty awesome. HBO is still killing it, for the most part, and I can’t wait for the return of BE and the pulpy True Blood! It’s also been a good year for mini-series…like the sublime Mildred Pierce, the epic Pillars of the Earth, and the down-and-dirty The Borgias

Let’s get back into the swing of things, shall we?

So, like many folks out there I’m LOVING the new AMC series The Killing (showverlap to follow tomorrow)! Wow, AMC is hitting it out of the park these days what with Mega-hits Mad Men and Breaking Bad and the strange-but-lovable The Walking Dead.

Read on for brand new showverlaps, starting with…

You May Not Know You Know…

Ok, so chances are you do know Gretchen Mol, you just might not know from where!

You see, kids, once upon a time in the late ’90’s, Gretchen was plastered onto the cover of Vanity Fair with a headline asking if she was the next It Girl. She wasn’t. However, she has had a successful if non-headlining career on stage, screen, and small screen since then. And she just so happens to have been an instrumental part of my new favourite Netflix show that was cancelled after one season: Life on Mars. She played Annie Norris, the super-cute ’70’s era lady cop with the heart of gold and the brain of steel, and, not for nothing, but her hairdo was completely amazing. I can’t imagine what the show would have been like without her performance, which stood out even in a cast that included the formidable Harvey Keitel and a mustachioed, wise-cracking Michael Imperioli. And her style? I mean, she was just so perfectly suited to the 1973 version of a foxy gal, it was hard to believe she would belong in another era. Except that I already knew our Gretch could pull that off due to a stellar cult-forming performance in The Notorious Bettie Page and because of her totally fabulous work on another one of my fave shows…the wonderful Boardwalk Empire!

Let me just say that Boardwalk Empire is one of those shows that has everything, whether you want Academy Award-calibre actors (Steve Buscemi, etc), boobs and bloody massacres (but not quite up to the ridiculous standards of, say Starz’s Spartacus, which in my house is routinely called “Lords of Cock”), dames with attitude and glamourous wardrobes, or political intrigue. I mean, this show’s for you if you want one or all of the above. Sometimes I refer to it as “Triple B,” standing for Booze, Broads, and Bullets. It’s old-timey gangster but with a finesse and class that’s unparalleled.

In a cast that includes old favourites like former Wire standout Michael K. Williams (Omar!!!!!) and several indie-movie darlings of the not-too-distant past, Gretchen Mol sizzles and surprises every time she’s on the screen as the showgirl, all around classy broad, avid reader, and (very very young) mother to up-and-coming gangstah Jimmy Darmody. She’s one of those rare actresses who can pull off “smart” while wearing a feather headdress: Eat your heart out, Cher/Christina Aguilera/Elizabeth Berkeley! 

Moving on!

We go from two shows with actual, ahem, critical acclaim to two shows that, well, don’t have much of that jazz. But they’re both fun shows, and this man is their common link:

If you recognize him you are either:

a) a fan of SciFi shows/movies by Joss Whedon

b) a 13-year-old girl who considers him a “real adult”

c) me

Like many young women, I have been subjected to Science Fiction television by my boyfriend. It was, at first, against my will. I resisted. But then, one cold winter night, I relented, and allowed him to pop Battlestar Galactica into the dvd player. Not the original one, the one with all the hot guys (more about them tomorrow…there’s a new Battlestar showverlap that made me very happy two nights ago!). In any case, with BSG as a starting point, we eventually worked our way through several other SciFi series. Some were really, really bad (like Caprica, which deserved cancellation). In fact, most space shit made these days is bad (V? It’s sort of a D-). But one show was pretty good. Or at least OK. Or at least a good warm-up for the movie they made after the series was cancelled.

That series was called Firefly. It didn’t make me fall asleep, which was good, mostly because the character development was well done. On the other hand the theme song is the worst piece of crap I’ve ever heard. But that’s neaither here nor there. The point is the show had a character named Dr. Simon Tam and, while he sort of looked like the kind of guy that might put something in your drink at a frat party, he ended up being a lovable nerd…kind of like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. Dr. Tam was, of course, played by Sean Maher, and he was good. Especially when he was saving someone’s life, or when he had his shirt off. Or both.

I was very surprised to see Sean show up in the most unlikely form of a National Gymnastics Committee (or whatever it’s called on the show) regulator on Make It or Break It. In this role, he’s the heavy, making Emily give up her social life for her spot on the National Team and checking in on her all the time, I mean, it’s, like, so unfaiiiir! Sorry. You don’t care. I have to suspect, however, that his character’s motives for keeping such a close eye are not entirely tied to Emily’s career, and that he might have the hots for her mom, Chloe, who’s the biggest MILF around and with whom he has mad chemistry, such as it is on the show. I only say this because, if there weren’t going to be fireworks, why would they hire such an adorable piece of cheesecake to play a gymnastics paper-pusher? Just saying…