I haven't watched tonight's episode of Smash yet. We had company and I wasn't going to say, "Can everyone excuse me for an hour while I go watch a TV show?"
But Sunny printed up an e-mail from Joan who wanted to know which character I hated on the show the most? She hates Ellis and was wondering what I thought.
To be clear, I'm referring to characters and not performers.
Ellis is evil. He's sort of the "Eve" (All About Eve) of this series. I think we all know he's going to expose Julia's affair at some point just because he hates her. I wouldn't be surprised if he stabbed Tom in the back as well. But then what? I don't think Julia would keep quiet about what he did.
My point being: Where does he go?
I don't think Eileen would keep him on for long if Julia and Tom told her about Ellis -- All About Ellis. Not because Eileen's noble but because she doesn't need the drama and already has trust issues.
But for me, the evil character is Ivy.
She slept her way into a role she's not qualified to play.
She can't be Marilyn.
A few e-mails have come in saying the same about Karen.
I disagree. Karen would grow into the role. Ivy is superficial and what appears to make her so right to play Marilyn Monroe is exactly what makes her so worng. She grows stale very quickly.
"TV: What people will watch and what they won't" (Ava and C.I., Third Estate Sunday Review):
ABC's Missing does a number of things right off the bat, including establishing the character and the series immediately. Those aren't minor points as any who suffered through NBC's Prime Suspect can attest.
That show was saddled with a one-note actress (Maria Bello) who appeared to have graduated from the Ali MacGraw Fine Acting Institute which she, no doubt, attended on the Candice Bergen Flared Nostril Scholarship. Prime Suspect was an attempt to remake a British series starring Helen Mirren and that could have made for an entertaining show were it not for the fact that Maria Bello was bound and determined to play her one-note tantrum in scene after scene and the writers had nothing to add.
In the UK version, Mirren was a victim of sexism in the first season. In the US version, they wanted you to feel for Bello while never really letting her be a victim of sexism. Her biggest problem when it came to getting along with her colleagues had to do (a) with her rude attitude and (b) with the fact that she may have slept her way up to the position of detective. Supposedly Jane was a talented detective but if she did sleep her way in (the sex wasn't in dispute, whether or not it got her promoted was), you're not really going to feel too sorry for her if co-workers aren't dying to go on assignment with her.
Apparently to explain the fact that Bello wasn't able to shade or subtext, we were told in the first episode that Jane was attempting to stop smoking, as if that would explain the angry cyborg on the screen before us. With her live-in lover, she was just as exasperated and angry. Near the end, this rating hemophilliac paired Bello with a small child -- an orphan who was being targeted for death -- and you still didn't get another side of the emotional iceberg.
I have heard good things about Ashley Judd's new show (and know that a lot of men are trashing the show in their columns). I may try to check it out this Thursday.
Prime Suspect was awful. I am a sucker from British mystery shows. That was probably the second best one of recent years and they really screwed it up when they made the American version.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):