(or, What I watched last night.)
Loved 'em all.
Unfortunately it is just about impossible to discuss Ugly Betty without a dozen spoilers (and, to a lesser extent, Grey's Anatomy as well, at least as regards Izzy's unexpected medical adventure). And I've gotta say, whoever's responsible (and I think Salma Hayek has a lot to do with it), Ugly Betty has me completely hooked, despite being, in essence, a parody of the soap opera genre for which I've never had the slightest use. I mean, lame as it is, I care a lot about Hilda and Santos. I root for Clare. I love Justin. Etc.
And now that Without a Trace, which I've always loved, is back on Thursdays, it's a great TV night at my house. I do regularly marvel at how Anthony LaPaglia manages to lose his Australian accent without a trace...
I hope I'm not the only one here to have caught The Family Guy's season premier last night! Very funny parody of Star Wars, among other cultural tidbits, from mustard to Chevy Chase. OK, it's has been done before but I found it much funnier than expected. Peter as Han, Stuey as Darth Vader and Cleveland as R2D2 was a brilliant way to dumb down one of America's most loved sci-fi movies of all time. Bravo!
I'm Uncle Sam;
That's who I am...
adding it to my Netflix queue...
then go to the movie thread, and I will tell you about "in and out". Talk about a hoot!
I actually like Tom Selleck, no doubt because I missed the movie in question but am a serious Magnum-head. I was once at a gathering of my nerd pals and somehow the subject came up of how funny it would be to have a sitcom of Magnum and his now-teenage daughter. Wait, someone said, Magnum had a daughter? And half a dozen people who had never said word one about Magnum before immediately fell all over themselves to tell the tragic tale of Magnum, Michelle, and little Lily. It was one of those moments...
Only saw Selleck in person once, at some Apple do in the '80s or '90s. He is REALLY TALL. Also, pretty easy on the eyes.
But I kinda always liked his name! ;-) Very French cool, and VERY familiar!
And we can't talk about Boston Legal without mentioning Candice Bergen, who kicks ass! I haven't liked Tom Sellick so much since I saw "In and Out". Whoops-wrong thread for that comment perhaps?
Frumps rule! My daughter and I both revel in wearing bizarre and unstylish clothing combinations, in favor of comfort and practicalilty.
and let's just say I've been worshipping at the shrine of Rene Auberjonois since he was at A.C.T. in the '60s, though (declasse though it may be for a guy who started out doing Moliere plays) my favorite remains his Deep Space Nine role. Odo rules.
Agree that TV Barbara is not nearly frumpy enough, and I say this as a world-class frump!
but before I saw any of the films, and had only read some of the books, had always imagined Lynley as having mousy colored hair, and not as dark as the movie version. The t.v. Barbara is a good character, but is by no means dumpy and frumpy enough. Don't think she would run around w/holes in her tights, or tennis shoes and a skirt.:-) Now I am curious about Elizabeth George's website, and will look it up. Know that the German t.v. guide lists the new Lynley films as being "based on" George's novels, and having nothing to do with her other than that. Agree that the jury is still out on the new Helen. We can come back to discuss it in a few weeks. Oops, will have to see if they show them in Spain.
And it seems like William Shatner must be having a ball playing Danny Crane. Is such a loveable asshole. Like James Spader's court scenes very much too.
William Shatner, a true force of nature. I'm not sure what KIND of force of nature, but... DENNY ÇRAIN!
I'm very behind on the Glimore Girls because you need cable here to get the station they're on, and I can't bring myself to spend the money because when I did have cable I still couldn't find anything to watch.
As for the Inspector, yeah, the books and the TV are very different; the author actually had something on her Web site about it at some point. I get the sense that the BBC made her the offer she couldn't refuse, or something, to do their own version.
Not sure what I think of the re-cast Helen, however. I'll give it a chance, though; the casting is pretty darn wonderful on this.
Great that you mentioned him-I like those too, marye! Do you read the books too? Lynley and Barbara are quite different in the books than on screen, but still like the films quite alot. Is one series where we are not horribly behind you in the States.
I have also been enjoying Boston Legal-cracks me up. There is a German version (actors, etc. not a dubbed U.S. series) of The Office that is really funny. Have to admit that my fave lately is Gilmore Girls, and am waiting impatiently for the last season to start here.Top of my list though, of all time I think, was Northern Exposure.