I have lamented missing The Comeback in several posts over the years. To me, the show is up there as one of best comedic television shows ever. Ahead of it's time, The Comeback saw where reality television was headed and milked every hilarious, and painful moment.
I was a little worried during the first half of Sunday's premier. I love Lisa Kudrow as Valerie, but she has sort of copied the character in other roles since the show went off the air, and I wondered if Valerie would hold up. It felt as though Kudrow was struggling to find Valerie again in the beginning, a bit over the top. As soon as she was in a room again with Paulie G however, the old Valerie returned in full force. Valerie isn't actually naturally funny, the comedy comes from the pain, desperation and circumstance the writers put her in. No other quite digs at Valerie's scabs like Paulie G and by the shows final moments I relaxed. Valerie was back.
'I shoot all sorts of subjects - anything which catches my eye, really. It might be a face which interests me, it might be a face, and hands, I think can be very erotic. I don't look for a particular type, it's what- or whoever catches my eye.'
When I first profiled Ian from macpics back in 2011, (Catching His Eye) I focused the imagery on some of my favorite images from the Melbourne Australia's portfolio. Ian's love of photography as a small child watching my grandfather develop films and print shots. 'I found it fascinating to see a picture appear from nowhere on a piece of paper.'
With his grandfather as an early guide, Ian has gained both skill and knowledge through experience and his many shoots. The industry has come a long way since those early days watching film being developed. So far in fact, that Ian is now able to offer 3D images for his models and clients.
When recently re-visiting Ian's Model Mayhem portfolio, Ian's selection of imagery and models had greatly expanded. So many images and models caught my eye, but near the top of the list was Sydney's Chris Abs. Chris describes himself a down to earth Aussie Guy whose passions include traveling, and keeping fit, which is clear within these images from Ian.
'My take on life in six words; Live simply, eat healthy, be happy.'
Chris is a new face to modeling, having begun this past year. Chris has only been Model Mayhem since June, but has already drawn in his fair share of attention. Although introverted at times, Chris is also loves to laugh and experience new things, which is evident within his work with macpics. Ian more than concurs, especially with the fun part. In addition to the fun, Ian says Chris was great to work, cooperative, reliable and Ian feels the shoot was an enjoyable experience for both model and photographer.
Chris has a great face, classic and strong. He is able to convey light and fun, yet can turn his look steely and serious when required. Tall, with an incredible body, I also love how beautiful his skin looks and photographs. Ian did a superb job lighting and capturing both the beauty of Chris's body, and his skin especially with his choice of colors to contrast both against.
I love the yellow and especially the orange tones Ian covered and blanketed Chris with. Ian managed to capture both Chris's physical beauty and strength as well as different aspects of his personality. Through his different set-ups and themes, Ian provided Chris with a complete portfolio of looks and themes. Incredible body and physique shots, beautiful body scapes, and images like the one below, pulling in beauty and sensuality with the natural light cascading over Chris's body and skin.
Have you ever had your sexual senses tickled by an unexpected source? Sometimes there are men in our lives we barely notice. Some we are not attracted to at all, some we are even disgusted or annoyed by. Then... one day, they're wearing an especially tight t-shirt, show a bit skin or make a comment or tell a story that has us looking at them through a different lens. Here are a few of mine... None of these actors I have been especially attracted to, a couple I dislike intensely, but all... have ticked those senses. It is usually surprising and even sometimes a little unnerving when it occurs. Don't Judge... I am sure if you all think, you could come with your own experiences with oddly pleasant shirtlessness...
Above: Finn Wittrock, Freak Show
Finn Wittrock doesn't float my boat. He has a great body and is very talented, but his AHS character is so repulsive I had felt nothing remotely sexual towards him. Maybe it was his proximity to Matt Bomer last week, could have been all the blood, but most likely it was those retro tighty whities but suddenly last week, Finn generated firm...
I have never seen a second of The Shield, and never fantazied about Finn's co-star Michael Chiklis. There was a moment however in Fantastic Four, where The Thing tickled away for a moment or two. Chiklis brings that same muscled bound quality to his current role on Freak Show. wouldn't want to date him, but for a night...maybe.
When I was a kid, after supper meant running to the rec room to watch repeats of Happy Days and All In The Family. Although Richie and Potsie were cute, a glimpse of Ralph Malph without his shirt showed a pretty hot body under all Ralph's goofy exterior and all those t shirts he usually wore.
I have always respected Rob Reiner for both his work, and his political passions, but I found nothing sexy about Michael Stivic. Sure he got in some one liners, but he was also incredibly self righteous and stubborn. There was a moment or two though, where channelling all of his anger might have been fun.
Rob Reiner, All In The Family
Kevin James, King Of Queens
Kevin James is hit and miss to me. Sometimes when watching old King Of Queens repeats, I find him as non sexual as they come. Other times, especially his delivery shorts, he has a powerful sexual aura about him that needs more in depth investigation.
I don't like David Boreanaz. Not sure why, I always wanted Buffy with Spike and although Angel was hot, he also bored me to tears. There were a few scenes though, like the one below, where Angel worked his magic. When Angel was vulnerable, helpless and usually shirtless he had a sex appeal I loved, especially when he needed Buffy to take care of him and prop him back up.
There isn't much about Ian Ziering on 90210 I liked. Might be the character, but when I did watch this show, (which was rare) I usually tuned out most of what was going on with his character. But... every once in awhile Steve Sanders elicited a little bead of sweat. Not when he was shirtless or playing volly ball on the beach. It usually occurred when he was walking, no make that strutting. Ziering has a great struct, especially in his tight 80' jeans.
Ian Ziering 90210
Ross was my least favorite friend, often the downer of the group. But David Schwimmer had a hot body, usually not shown to it's potential in the wardrobe they had on Ross. Every once in awhile, either when getting trapped in a bathroom with those leather pants, or when attempting to seduce a new girlfriend, Ross showed that after a long day at the museum... he was hitting that gym hard!
On Party of Five it was all about Scott Grimes and Matthew Fox for me. Scott Wolf had a tight firm body and was cute enough, but there was something annoying, maybe too earnest about his acting style to me. Yet, when he showed that body, on POF and subsequent shows there was reason to pause. He would have to keep his mouth shut during, but if so, yeah...
Simon Helberg is the only male cast member that still has me occasionally tune into Big Bang Theory. I sort of half wash, the show, once a favorite, now bugs me for some reason. The female characters still make me laugh, but the male cast, Jim Parsons in particular, jumped the shark about 2 and half seasons ago. It is the same ole same ole. But... when Howie pulls of his Austin Powers pants to dance for Bernadette I pay attention.
One of my least favorite characters on Y & R was Kevin. Greg Rikaart is talented, but his character is so annoying, especially as he continually repeating the same mistakes over and over. Kevin is de-clothed often, but I when he does I fixate on those beautiful, and clearly manscaped thighs...
Everybody Loves Raymond, including myself. Debra often turned him away in the bedroom, but there is something about Ray that I could not deny.
As much as I love my Dallas DVD's, there was not much eye candy presented. I am not really into Duffy and except for Lucy's parade of boyfriends, and of course that season of speedo (thanks Mr. Atkins) the skin was mostly shown by Victoria and her two lovely principals. There was this scene however with Ray Krebbs sweaty from working outside that gave me pause. Might have been because it was cutie Timothy Patrick Murphy he was grabbing, but like his niece Ms. Lucy, I would have taken Ray for a lay in the hay.
Steve Kanaly with Timothy Patrick Murphy
Speaking of Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe does nothing for me. I can clearly see he is good looking, but between his lack of acting skills, and a perceived attitude issue, I avoid most of his work, including tuning out his turn on the new version of the show. This recent image however with Jesse praying (maybe for talent...) in his white undies caused a slight shift in the force.