Last year, I gave The Real O'Neals a try for two specific reasons. First, it was a sit-com focused on a gay teen coming out in a devoted Catholic family. Second, it featured one of my childhood crushes Jay R. Ferguson, now, old enough to play the dad. As you can see from Jay R's shirtless scene from last night's episode, he still has an intensely crusable quality. If you need further proof, check out my Actors & Skin posts featuring Jay R. from last year. (That Face / That Body)
I didn't initially however, really get into the show. Although Jay R. and the supporting cast kept me watching, the young actor playing gay teen Kenny, although immensely talented, was a little too hammy, often written as more annoying than enjoyable, especially in some of the shows early episodes. Thankfully, the writers seem to have gotten a better balance in this season with more story for Kenny's interesting brother and sister, and more of a focus on the adults.
As part of that adult focus, actor and writer Matt Oberg was added as a regular playing the man between the separated Pat (Jay R.) and Eileen. (Martha Plimpton). Although Plimpton has a tendency to sometimes catch that 'ham' bug herself, her talent and experience allow her to pull it off, especially in her scenes with Oberg.
Oberg is absolutely adorable as VP Murray and has added an adult dynamic the show really needed. In many ways, as goofy as his character his, he often grounds the show given the character is not an actual member of the the family. Sadly, it looks like VP Murray might be looking for a transfer as Oberg was recently cast in Carol Burnett's return to television in the new show Household Name. Hopefully The Real O'Neals will work around Oberg's schedule, as he has become an important part of the show this season.
DeNude:To strip of all covering or surface layers, make bare
As most FH readers are aware, when I feature a photo shoot, although my interest may begin with an image, I am also curious about story and process. Some photographers and models prefer to share on the edited final shots, and maybe a word or about concept. Other photographers, like Dallas based Fred Sugar, process and final images are one in the same.
The first image of Logan Trace that I saw wasn't a full nude, he was still wearing his Dolce & Gabbana grey undies. I loved Logan's adorable face with his great lips and puppy dog eyes. I also loved those grey undies, and the mix matched socks he wore to the shoot. I often describe some photographers that I feature as 'traveling photographers'. Artists, most without a home studio, who do most of their shooting on the road, in hotels and motels or on location.
Without their own studio, sometimes big set-ups and elaborate concepts are restricted to what you can put in your suitcase. This often leads to a greater focus on not just the model, but the process. This often means the shoot starts the moment the model in is in the door, and often includes their undressing as the shoot begins, and redressing, when the shoot is complete.
I know for many studio shoots, especially for some editorial or commercial shoots, there is a dressing room, or curtain off to the side for models to use. Although that may be seen as more professional, and add a level of comfort for the model, if the expectation is that the model then come out completely naked, to be then groomed, made up and shot, it's a bit of a paradox.
Fred describes Logan as a young, bi-curious guy who when they met up was stripping to makes meat. For a stripper, removing their clothing is a major piece of their act, some might say the most important part. I loved that Fred captured the stripper stripping as although Fred sent on quite a few shots, my favorites were of Logan in the process of denuding for the shoot.
'Logan came in vaping, dressed warmly for the cold weather, and we went right into it. He enjoyed being in front of the camera, not a touch of shyness at all.'