Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Although he started his career as a performer when his age was still in single digits—and spent his 20s and 30s a name for himself as an actor, playwright, and multifaceted singer—it wasn’t until Garrett Morris was added to the roster of Saturday Night Live’s Not Ready For Prime Time Players in 1975 that he was discovered by the world at large. After five years of SNL, Morris moved on to other opportunities, including films (The Stuff), guest-star gigs (Diff’rent Strokes), and regular roles on various sitcoms, most notably Martin. He can currently be found playing Earl on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls. Advertisement 2 Broke Girls (2011-present)—“Earl”Garrett Morris: Earl is my man! He’s a guy who used to be in show business, but … [Read more...] about Garrett Morris on
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How much of the stuff that you don’t like have you actually given a fair shake? I’m posing this question to you, the reader, as cover for the shame of my own answer. There are things—things with widespread, dedicated followers who can’t imagine not having them in their lives, who even pity those who have never experienced them—that I long ago decided are “just not for me,” without even bothering to investigate whether that’s true. How liberating it is to never bother challenging my presumptions; how freeing to my limited time and DVR space! My prejudices have saved me untold hours that I can then spend watching old 30 Rock episodes. But then again… What if I’ve been missing out on something that might actually bring me joy, all because I’m too stubborn to really, truly give it a shot? It’s a nagging feeling that’s only gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older, and after more than a decade of working with … [Read more...] about Can a lifelong anime skeptic learn to love it?
The other day, comic-book fans got an amazing piece of news: the beloved Y the Last Man is not going to be shoehorned into movie form, but will get to live and breathe as a TV show. Even though comics rule movies these days, some of them are just too big for a two-hour package. It’s just a fact that not all comics should be movies—sometimes only TV can properly capture the scope of these stories. (I mean, you’re not going to get all 75 issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in a movie, or even three.) At the same time, only a few comics could be adapted to television in a way that wouldn’t suck, let alone be popular with the mass audience that would make such a show feasible. So with all that in mind, here are 10 comic books that would only work on television—and have a damn good chance of being actual hits. 1) Ms. Marvel Let’s go ahead and get the most obvious candidate out of the way, shall we? The best new Marvel character of the millennium (so … [Read more...] about 10 Comics That Absolutely Must Be TV Series, NOT Movies
Trying to define television in the 2010s has proven just as great a task as keeping up with the surge in series, which crested in 2018 with 495 scripted shows. The plethora of options—not just in series, but platforms, including upstarts turned streaming elders Netflix and Hulu—makes it nearly impossible to neatly summarize the mood or even mode of this era of TV. Was it just a continuation of “The Golden Age of TV” from the previous decade, or was the epoch of beyond-abundant programming rightly summarized by the moniker “Peak TV” (a term has already been amended by its creator)? Along with “Peak TV,” phrases like “Netflix original” and “cord-cutting” and “second screen” entered common usage, further demonstrating just how much the landscape (and lexicon) had changed. But as the rise in reboots showed, what was old became new again: The anthology series, that old standby, got a facelift from the … [Read more...] about The 100 best TV shows of the 2010s
Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: Mary Woronov first came to prominence in the New York artistic community through her work with Andy Warhol and the Theater Of The Ridiculous, but it was her work with famed producer Roger Corman that brought her to the masses, most notably as the evil Miss Togar in Rock ’N’ Roll High School. Although Woronov now spends most of her time as an artist and writer, she recently reunited with Corman for a role in the EPIX film Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader and is in the process of working on Confessions Of A Cult Queen, a documentary about her life and career by filmmakers Francesca Di Amico and Claudia Unger. Advertisement Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)—“House Mother”Mary Woronov: Oh, right, that one. [Laughs.] Well, first of all, I did it … [Read more...] about Cult-film staple Mary Woronov on Andy Warhol, Roger Corman, and being typecast