Sadly three shows I am currently enjoying are not on the verge of hitting big, but instead on the verge of cancellation. If you don't watch The Comeback, The MCarthys or Red Band Society, I strongly recommend you give them a shot while they still grace the airwaves.
Technically The Comeback cannot really be cancelled, HBO brought it back for only a limited number of episodes, so if they decide to cancel, they simply won't ask for more. I admit, the first episode of season 2 had me worried. It took the writers, the amazing Lisa Kudrow and her character Valerie a few scenes to get their rhythm back, but it's back baby! To me, The Comeback is the best sit-com on television, maybe ever. Watching Valerie (and Kudrow) maneuver through an improve class, balancing her lack of talent, the camera crew, her ego and Mickey's news was amazing television. Valerie weaves hilarity with heartbreak, pain and confusion better than anyone who has graced the tube. I often wonder why more people aren't flocking to this show.
Unlike The Comeback, The McCarthy's is not great television, not yet anyway. It does have the potential however. I don't love the show yet, but I like it enough to have invested and hope it continues. I love that Tyler Ritter's Ronny struggles in life, not because of his sexuality, but like the rest of his family, because of the family he grew up in. The show has plenty of laughs, but to me has been playing it far too safe, restraining it's talent, especially the brilliant Laurie Metcalf. Her Marjorie is being written as far to quiet, far too restrained. Metcalf blew the roof off of almost every scene they gave her on Roseanne as Jackie had far more energy to build from. If The McCarthys continues, I would suggest switching up and untying the ropes from Metcalf's character and let her show everything she is capable of.
I loved Red Band Society from the get go, and developed a wee crush on actor Charlie Rowe (whom I featured HERE:). After a promising pilot however, the show slowed down it's pace, causing me to lose a bit of interest in it's subsequent episodes. The show got it's mojo back the past few weeks, in large part with a focus on the relationship between Nurse Andrew and Dr. Jack (Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable). There has also been further development of the kids and their families and thankfully more scenes with the wonderful Wilson Cruz! I hope FOX has a change of heart and orders more of this show. Red Band Society has become a nice change of pace from adrenaline driven dramas currently all over the tube. Sometimes it is nice to sit back and spend time with characters you enjoy without worrying their FBI, back from the dead, killer father could blow up the hospital with a bomb after every commercial.
Every year at this time television stations haul out their holiday movies. Problem is, most of them we have seen before. Now there are some movies like Miracle on 34th Street you can pull out every season, but I am getting a little tired of the countless replays of The Santa Clause, Elf and Home Alone. Don't get me wrong, they're all ok flicks but sometimes in order to really enjoy them you need to take a Christmas off from the same ole same ole. Between now and the end of the month, in 12 Days, I am going to feature movies you may not have seen, and of course the hunks who star in them. Hopefully there will be at least one movie, and one actor, that might bring a little joy to your holidays.
Ok, to be honest, I did not actually make my way through A Bride For Christmas in it's entirety. Not because I wasn't interested, but because my DVR cut off most of the second half of the movie. I recorded the film because it's male lead was Andrew W. Walker (#11), an actor whose career I have been following since first posting about him in a Birthday piece back in 2008.
The Montreal born actor has eyes and face made for close ups, and regardless of what his dialogue is, directors are wise to feature and linger on close-ups of the actor and that incredible face! Andrew has been a fixture on American and Canadian television (and movies) since the early 90's. Andrew has made appearances on shows from E.R, NYPD Blue, The Big Bang Theory, Reba, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and a couple of the CSI's.
Andrew makes the perfect lead for a Lifetime holiday film, and A Bride For Christmas wasn't his only one. Andrew also appears in Finding Mrs. Clause, another flick I think is playing this week. If you scroll down however, enjoying staring into Andrew's eyes, and maybe a bit lower, you can clearly see that although Lifetime movies are fine, that face belongs on the big screen.
Since first discovering the work of artist Ryan Edward Scott in 2010, I have been continually impressed at his skill and creativity with obtaining his visual objectives. Whether hanging over a flight of stairs, hanging high atop an old barn, or perched high up on a roof, Ryan always manages to capture the vulnerability within his subjects both literally and emotionally.
What I find most interesting about this series of Elijah is that the vulnerability seems most intensely present, not when he is outside, in full public view as he straddles the roof to in just jock strap. Elijah seems at his most vulnerable when in the attic looking out of that window before he climbs through and out.
This may be in part because the attic acts as Elijah's entry to the outside. It is the place he has to decided whether he is actually going to strip down and take the risk of climbing through the window and ascending up on to the roof. Sometimes we are at our most vulnerable just before taking risks, it is the time when our anxiety is at it's peek and our adrenaline is racing.
Once Elijah is actually on the roof you can almost feel a sense of freedom takes over. Initially you can see the nerves, but slowly, as he finds his footing and his body begins flow into movement and acclimatize itself to it's surroundings you can see some beautiful changes. I think the biggest change is Elijah turning from the one being watched, the 'almost naked' man on a roof top to the watcher, the man now at top, able to see all that surrounds him below.