Thursday Open Thread: Can One Role Ruin Your Love of an Actor?

I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. For months actually. I’ve always been one to find an actor in a show, then follow them around through various new shows or guest appearances, just to see what else they can do. Heck, it’s how I started watching Studio 60 (great show) and Heroes (that one, less so). Most recently, it’s how I came across an episode of Private Practice last fall.

Ok, full disclosure here. I’d heard of Charlotte’s rape on Private Practice and heard it was an incredible hour of television in the way they treated the event. I was intrigued. More so? The horrendous rapist just happened to be Buffy alum, Nicholas Brendon.

And after watching that episode, I almost wonder if my perception of Brendan has changed. I realize it’s just a character, but…

Can one ugly role ruin your love or perception of an actor? Your perception of a beloved character?

I use the term “ugly,” just because it’s not that Brendon’s role was bad. He did a great job. But his character was so horrifying, so violent…can I ever see him in the same light? Can I see Xander in the same light?

So what do you think? Have you had a similar experience, or are you able to distinguish one role from another with no blurred lines? By all means, I know it wasn’t Xander on Private Practice, but you know, he sure did look similar.

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Look at those eyes…

On a side note, I still have a recent episode where Brendon’s character returns to Private Practice that I haven’t yet watched. I can’t wait…as chilling as that may seem.


2010 Awards, Part 2

Alright. So you saw the first set, now let’s move on to more! More awards and more reader picks. Once again, if the award has an asterisk, it’s a Reader Pick, with or without my explanation. If they added one, it’s there! If they didn’t, well, that just leaves me to give a reason <malicious laugh>.

So here we go!

The 2010 Awards!
Part 2

Best Guy in a Suit: Neal Caffrey, White Collar. Step aside, Barney. There’s someone else suiting up now, and damn, he looks good.

Best Woman in Heels: Maura Isles, Rizzoli & Isles. This woman sure gets a lot done in four-inch heels and a pressed dress, even when dealing with dead bodies.

* Most Wasted Potential: Glee. It’s true. For a show with a huge fanbase and mad props for creating a new TV genre, they lost their way by focusing on huge guest stars and a big production instead of a cohesive storyline.

Least Necessary Procedural: Law & Order: CSI edition. Oh, is that not a real show? I thought it was. It’s on every night for two hours at least, right? And it airs on every network? Wait, these aren’t all the same show?

Most Ridiculous Premise for a Procedural: Castle. Ok, I know you fans out there must like it, but the idea that a successful novelist gets to spend his time on all these huge cases as a partner of a detective is rather incredible.

Worst Show We’re All Watching: The Office. Where did the funny go? It’s run its course, but we all still watch it. And most of us don’t know why.

Didn’t I Used to Be an Important Character? Award: Alaric, The Vampire Diaries. Well, it’s true, right? Now he’s arm candy, and occasionally says something smart from a book.

Best Vampire Teeth: The Vampire Diaries. With the eyes and the subtle teeth, yes, the vamps in TVD certainly get the prize.

Worst Vampire Teeth: True Blood. I haven’t tried to watch this series, solely because these teeth are so bad and look so fake. Plus, I hear they make a sound when they come out.

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What’s on tonight…Thursday…muah-ah-ha!

I know we’re probably all waiting for a new episode of The Office. Too bad. Not one tonight. Even if the rest of the NBC lineup is new. Sigh. Here goes.

NBC has a new My Name Is Earl, Kath and Kim (but why??), 30 Rock, and ER. The Office is, of course, a rerun, stuck right in the middle there.  But you can’t complain about new 30 Rock, right?

ABC is also trying to get people with new episodes. Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice–in its new night and time–are all new. Can you taste the transitions? New timeslots, yummy.

CBS is a haven for reruns, yet again. But if you like CSI, CSI: NY, or Eleventh Hour, by all means, watch away.

The CW, also reruns. Normal schedule, though: Smallville and Supernatural. You know, maybe I’ll catch Smallville now that Kitchen Nightmares isn’t on, and I have barely watched any episodes this season. You know, reruns let you catch up. And I’ll take anything over watching Kath and Kim. Wait, so would the rest of America. Why is that show on the air, again?

Wait–let’s backtrack. Kitchen Nightmares isn’t on? Nope, football again on FOX. It’s not Ohio State, so I won’t be watching (or angrily screaming at the television followed up with pouting, like I did on Monday. Thanks football, I hate you).

That about sums it up!


So I was going to write a post about how great (and scary) it is that Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice are teaming up to sing their hearts out to make money for crew members that lost paychecks due to the strike. Read more here at Give Me My Remote.

But the real sadness is that How I Met Your Mother has not yet been renewed by CBS. They’ve renewed 11 shows now, but Mother hasn’t made the list. Sources say that there’s still a good chance it will–and last season it was a last-minute pickup–but my heart’s all atwitter with nervousness. Perhaps CBS needs some fan emails sent its way.