I love television.
I always have.
I'm a fan of any device that can, with a flick of a switch, transport you to new worlds, ancient civilizations or the latest events taking place in the world around you.
I remember having three broadcast channels, four if you counted PBS, and maybe a snowy UHF channel.
I remember the first time my dad clamped cable into our television and suddenly we had channels into the 30s.
I still remember my first television. It was my dad's old bachelor TV. It was a black and white tube behemoth with a rotary dial. It weighed more than me. It took forever to warm up. When you turned it off the picture disappeared into a single tiny point of light in the center of the screen before disappearing entirely.
Television has always been there.
Yet, these days it seems to be harder and harder for me to find programming that I'm interested in. Sure, there are shows like Breaking Bad
that I can't wait to watch, but those types of shows are becoming harder and harder to find.
? How many damned levels does this conspiracy have?
The Walking Dead
? I nearly gave it up for dead during the turgid second season.
? It should have ended with the departure of Michael Scott.
Law & Order - SVU
? There is a limit to how much of man's inhumanity to man I want to watch.
CBS' rotating roster of NCIS/CSI/Criminal Minds
, et al? Not a fan.
In fact, it seems like a great deal of what I watch is simply playing out the string - I'm looking at you too 30 Rock
A recent article
suggested that the 2012-2013 season's crop of new shows might be the worst in recent memory. I tend to agree.
With a weak class of competition, the only new show I have any ongoing interest in turns out to be NBC's Go On
(which I still maintain looked like "Goon" during the endless Summer Olympic commercials).
Maybe its the chance to see Matthew Perry redeem himself. Maybe its the Community
-lite vibe of the support group. Maybe its the darkness just below the surface of the comedy. I don't know what it is, but I enjoy Go On
So, in honor of that tacit approval, I've decided to feature a member of the Go On
cast this week.
And, no, it won't be Matthew Perry. Nobody wants to see that.
Please say hello to Laura Benanti.
Ms. Benanti stars as Lauren Schneider, the questionably credentialed leader of the support group at the heart of Go On
She herself is no stranger to the fickle whims of broadcast television. She was one of the stars of NBC's short-lived 2011 effort The Playboy Club
. You don't remember that one? Not surprising. It only lasted three episodes.
Ms. Benanti has also appeared in such other geek friendly fare as Eli Stone, Life on Mars
, and in a recurring role on the aforementioned SVU
Though fairly new to television, Ms. Benanti is a seasoned Broadway vet. She received a Tony award in 2008 for her role in Gypsy
If that wasn't enough, and shouldn't it be, in the mid-00s, Ms. Benanti was briefly married to Chris Barron.
Who you say?
You don't remember Chris Barron?
That's right, she was married to Shaggy from the Spin Doctors.
So forget all about that macho shit and learn how to play guitar...or sing...or something.
Let's hit the links.
A field guide to tech facial hair.
15 songs about VD.
The most overlooked movies of the decade...the 00's that is.
How Twitter flipped from failure to success.
Remembering the Lovecraftian horror of Windows 95.
An illustrated collection of famous fictional weaponry.
Gotham High recasts Batman characters in a 90s teen movie. Genius!
Catching up with Ian MacKaye
Top 10 most expensive guitars in the world.
Saturn, up close and personal
And finally, here's the list of this year's biggest cinematic flops.