Recently I was talking to someone about the show Breaking Bad. I am absolutely hooked on it after having downloaded season one for a long flight. I’m now part way through season four and the shows are looking a little familiar, I might have tuned into them on the TV. The lady I was talking to works with the show producers and started telling me a bit about her job. I had to stop her and I had to stop her immediately. You see I never want to know about actors. I just want to see them act.
I loved Will and Grace until one of our friends got a semi regular role. All of a sudden I went from watching a show that removed me from reality to a watching my neighbor act. Which is about as much fun as watching a school play. There have been dozens of little shows ruined for me but none so awful as Justified. Last year I loved Justified. I think I even knew which day of the week it was on. In December Alexander went to tennis camp with two of the star’s children. I did everything I could to not see him but it was useless. He went from being a redneck lawman to an LA dad and the show is all but ruined for me.
Some people love knowing about actors. Late night television (and some daytime too?) thrives on the celebrity (or emerging celebrity) interview. As much as I love for my friends and neighbors to have successes, I’d like them to limit their acting successes to shows that I don’t love.