I'm not going to lie to you.
I was going to write a positively evil column today. With all the bloodletting happening on our favorite series these days, I was going to write a column about the characters I would like to see, as the saying goes, take a long walk off a short bridge.
See, totally evil? Promoting that people lose their jobs? That's just mean, mean, mean. I should be forced to watch a nonstop marathon of "Teachers," Unan1mous" and "South Beach" as punishment.
Then I thought: Is that the May sweeps spirit? Is that any way to begin to say goodbye to the 05/06 season? I think not.
So, instead, I decided to celebrate some stand out performances this season from some of the more minor characters. The folks who have stepped out of the opening credits and into our hearts.
Richard Burgi as Karl on "Desperate Housewives": We all know that "Desperate Housewives" has made some mistakes this season (heck, even the show doesn't seem to care about Betty Applewhite anymore), but its smartest move was adding the delightful Burgi to the full time cast. Burgi, who makes the most out of every scene he's in, is deliciously smarmy but charming enough to make us understand why Susan would fall for his shtick. As many of you pointed out, even Tom Selleck stole a page from his playbook this week on "Boston Legal."
Amy Acker as Kelly Peyton on "Alias": A few years ago, we realized how utterly talented Acker was when she went from sweet Fred to evil smurfy Illyria on "Angel." This season as Prophet Five's wicked anti-Sydney, she's kicked the drama up a notch with her cool nefarious style. Thank goodness we saw her finger move last week or I would have been upset. On a show like "Alias," it's particularly good when you like the bad guy.
Glenn Morshower as Agent Aaron Pierce and DB Woodside as Wayne Palmer on "24": One of the more brilliant things about "24," is that they always put the story first and give opportunities to lesser known actors. Wayne as an action hero? Loyal Aaron smitten with the first lady? I am so there. Both actors effortlessly transitioned to the center of the drama this season and have created such goodwill with the audience that we're immediately caught up in their drama.
Joe Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore on "The Sopranos": As you know, I've been less than thrilled with the mob drama this season. But the Vito story line is such a different direction for the show and is evoking such a different reaction in Tony that for the first time I found myself thinking, "I can't wait to see what happens next."
Kyle Gallner as Beaver on Veronica Mars: Sweet but with secrets. Seemingly shy but using his stepmother to make a fortune. How upset will I be if Beaver is behind the bus crash?
What other less recognized performances are you enjoying this season? Talk about it on the TV Gal message board.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Jeanette Bronx was the woman who was raped on "Crossing Jordan." She was Dex last season on "Jack & Bobby." Angela Goethals was the wife of the baseball player accused of rape. Goethals was Maya Driscoll last season on "24" and Angela on "Phenom." And we saw her this season as the patient who couldn't stop blushing on "Grey's Anatomy." Paul Wesley was the ball player who was secretly gay. Wesley was Tommy on "American Dreams," Amy's bad boy boyfriend Tommy on "Everwood," Donnie on "The O.C." and Lucas Luthor on "Smallville." Nick Wechsler, Kyle on "Roswell," was the man who had actually committed the rape.
Daniel Bess is the hunky yoga instructor Steve on "What About Brian." He's best known as Rick on the first season of "24." Jon Hamm, Inspector Nate Basso on "The Division," was the hunky parent hitting on Deena. Jud Tylor was Lisa, the first woman Brian slept with. She's also currently playing Hyde's wife Samantha on "That 70's Show."
Gina Torres, Zoe on "Serenity" and "Firefly" and who will see this week reprising her role as Anna Espinosa on "Alias," was the woman who ran the shelter on "Without a Trace." We saw Torres earlier this season as Kavanaugh's ex-wife Sadie on "The Shield."
Kate and Shawn were the first to catch Gale Harrold, Brian on "Queer as Folk," was the station manager on "The Unit."
Quotes of the Week
"An unmarried woman, alone, of a certain age, dressed the way I dress, apparently is Korean for Jenna Jameson." Lorelai to Christopher on "Gilmore Girls." Thanks to Gil for the quote.
"Although the lesbian thing, with Jennifer Beals. It's not bad." Tony discussing homosexuality with a shout out to "The L Word" on "The Sopranos."
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