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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fundamentalist Mormon twins Kathy and Jodean Marquart, Mireille Enos was fitted with outfits so dorky and hairstyles so outdated they make Sarah Linden’s wardrobe look like the front-row at Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week.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.

Note: Speaking of Comedy

11 Feb

I’ve said that How I Met Your Mother is my favourite comedy of. all. tiiiiiiime. And it’s true. But I do want to mention a couple of tiny little wee showverlaps involving another fave comedy (that may now be cancelled, I can’t really find the information anywhere online) My Boys. It’s a charming little show starring Jordana Spiro, who no one has ever heard of, as Chicago sports reporter P.J. Franklin, who mostly hangs out at an Irish pub with her best male pals (hence the title), her brother, and her best gal pal. Most people have never heard of this show, because it doesn’t air on one of the big three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) or on the little brother of the big three (FOX) or even on one of the uber-cool trendy cable networks (HBO, AMC). No, My Boys airs on TBS, a network so lame it can’t even compete with MTV, ABCFamily, The CW,  Bravo, ScyFy, Showtime, or even VH1. TBS has an amazing lack of original programming, kind of the way I assume AMC was before it was overhauled.

Because My Boys languished for so long on a sub-par shitbrick of a network, very few people even knew of its existence. The only time it got any press was when co-star Kyle Howard started dating Lauren Conrad of The Hills. It’s real social commentary that Lauren, who is essentially a talentness and not overly intelligent person (she is engaging and seemingly congenial enough. and pretty, which is really what counts anyway) is way more famous than Kyle, who is funny and a pretty good actor (best known, unfortunately, for his role as a pothead surfer in the Jack Black/Colin Hanks slight-amuse-fest Orange County). But I digress. The point is, the show’s funny and I like the character development and people should check it out.

I think maybe because My Boys has been on hiatus for so, so long, the actors have had loads of time to showverlap. For example, I spotted the deadpannest of deadpanners Jim Gaffigan (who is spit-your-beer-out hilarious as P.J.’s brother Andy on the show) as Murray’s best friend Jim on another one of my (few) comedies Flight of the Conchords. In case you don’t recognize his name, this is what ol’ Jimbo looks like:

If you happen to remember his appearance on FOTC then congratulations! You’re not smoking as much weed as you thought! If you don’t you can find the YouTube video for “Friends” by FOTC to see Jim’s cameo as, well, Jim.

Another crossover is between My Boys and How I Met Your Mother. In an episode also starring Joanna Garcia of Gossip Girl and the brief-but-kinda-cool Privileged we get a short glimpse of Jamie Kaler who plays the idiotic skirt-chaser Mike on My Boys as a less idiotic and only chasing one skirt (Joanna’s character) marine biologist named Jim. Can we not think of other names? Anyway, here’s a picture of Jamie, too. He’s a ginger. Don’t be afraid. Just no sudden movements, ok?

Watch My Boys sometime and you’ll see that it’s quality, even if it’s likely to be off the air for good!

You May Not Know You Know…

11 Feb

Benjamin Koldyke. Here’s an actor that looks to me like Superman after he’s hung up the cape and tights and retired to suburbia. Square jaw? Check! Side-parted black hair? Check! Steely gaze? Check! And yet, instead of looking ready for a fight he looks like a big puppy dog ready to mow the lawn.

The cool thing about Ben, here, is that his showverlaps include the rarest of rareties: The comedy/drama showverlap! And, oh my, what a showverlap it is, too! His characters could not be more different, right on down to their sexual orientations. What’s also kind of extraordinary about this showverlap is that both Ben’s roles are taking place right now, in the current season of the shows in question. And they are…Big Love and How I Met Your Mother! Surprised? I was too!

I first spotted Benjamin in the season opener of this year’s dose of Big Love as the closeted gay man/state appointed Juniper Creek trustee Dale Tomasson: The fact that Tomasson is secretly gay makes him a more interesting character. The fact that he’s secretly gay and doing it with Alby Grant makes him really, really interesting and also a little creepy. I mean, Dale’s hot! He could have his pick of relatively non-threatening and sane handsome dudes. But, no. He chooses Alby for his tryst. I can’t wait to find out how it all plays out for nice guy Dale. I have a feeling it won’t end well. Think bunny boiling.

And then, for a complete 180, there’s Ben’s performance on H.I.M.Y.M. On that show, possibly my favourite comedy of. all. tiiiiiiime, he plays Robin’s co-anchor Don Frank. Don is kind of a jackass and is really jaded by the world of morning news shows having co-anchored about a billion different shows in his career. He refuses to wear pants. He drinks on air. He’s totally hilarious. Robin hates him, but does she looooove him? When Don’s behaviour took a turn for the better last episode (he even put on a pair of chinos!) Robin saw him in a new light. I have a feeling darling Don is going to end up faring better than delusional, doomed Dale.