Sunday, October 16, 2005

Stuff on the box

There aren't many better ways to nurse one of those weirdly pleasurable all-day-Sunday hangovers than slouching around and catching up with some random chunks of comfort TV. Denman St's small-screen obsession at the moment is The L Word, which I came into with no expectations whatsoever, but which is shockingly good once you get past the odd patch of clunky voiceover and an ever-so-slightly monotonous (but still luminous) Jennifer Beals. It's nowhere near the slavering exercise in Sex and the City-fied dyke chic I'd prejudicially assumed it would be; if anything, the ways the relationships develop and multiply and go wrong here keep showing up the distressingly shaky final season of Six Feet Under. If it's hard-ass lesbian credentials you're after, look no further than the directors they're hiring: Rose Troche, Lisa Cholodenko, Lynne Stopkewich. And in a terrific cast, the clear stand-out is the untouchably cool Kate Moennig (above), who elicits small, smitten yelps of heroine-worship from either end of our sofa whenever she appears.

There's less to be said about Grey's Anatomy, but it's quite fun, Ellen Pompeo is a classy lead, and a Patrick Dempsey comeback was at least as overdue as a Rob Lowe one. More clunky voiceover though. Do we really need to hear that it's a dog's life for an intern every time Ellen rolls out of bed? I wish screenwriters would practice this stuff aloud to themselves before foisting it on their cast - it never works. Did make me wonder, though, whether there might be mileage for Charlie Kaufman or whoever in writing deliberately pretentious and/or pseudo-poetic voiceover for a future movie. Sure, we get deliberately dim ones in Election or Clueless. But why not deliberately wanky? Post if you can think of any. Anyways, the other reason Grey's Anatomy compels my attention is a bit more basic; I know he's an ex Calvin Klein aftershave model who starred in The Musketeer, but just about the only thing sexier than Justin Chambers looking puppy-eyed and unkempt in surgical scrubs (right) is... well, you can probably guess. Nice locker room, GA production team. Use it.

6 comments:

damion said...

tim, so nice to finally see what you look like. brilliant AND sexy.... what a combo.

tim r said...

Never underestimate the power of careful lighting, damion. Or do you think I'm Justin Chambers? ;)

Loving that Depeche Mode album too...

damion said...

Silly, I know the difference bewteen just sexy (Justin) and brilliant and sexy (tim).

I am with you on Justin Chambers. YUM! I watch the show too, but I think I like it more than you do. Sandra Oh is soo good, as is the rest of the beautiful cast.

thewebloge said...

You two are very sweet, but can we please get back to Kate Moennig? Now there's an actor who makes me spill my sprite...

NATHANIEL R said...

Kate Moennig is definitely best in show.

But Tim, I worry for you if you're loving The L Word it's one of the worst shows ever for what do you call it... "show running" in that it's a total mess once you watch several episodes. It's like the characters have no throughline beyond the most one-dimensional aspects of their role on the show. Their decisions make no sense whatsoever in the context of the long haul

Individual episodes are fun but those writers need a good show runner like i need good movies.

tim r said...

Beginning to see what you mean in the second series - but the last few episodes in the first were worked through beautifully. To be honest I suspect it's a slightly faddish enthusiasm webloge and I have for this - a short-term crush that will wear off pretty rapidly.

Still, loving it while it lasts.