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Why star power just doesn't cut it anymore

Post by jade1013 on Sun 12 Jul - 21:43

Why star power just doesn't cut it anymore

RUTH RITCHIE

Last updated 09:33 12/07/2015


Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in season two of True Detective.

Hollywood stars. Small screens. Big deal. Does major star power give us a good enough reason to look at just about anything?

The SopranosBreaking BadThe WireMad Men and Game of Thrones - arguably the most critically acclaimed TV series of the modern era, have relied on a concept and a great ensemble of accomplished actors, not movie stars. 

Mad Men would have been a different show if Matt Dillon had played Don Draper. Ironically, the success of Don Draper/Jon Hamm has attracted Matt Dillon to his own much hyped TV star vehicle. But Wayward Pines (Sky TV's The Zone) isn't worth the detour.


Matt Dillon stars in Wayward Pines.

True Detective has its fans, but I'm not one of them. The condescension of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as they adapted their super nova skills to the small screen was so irksome as to make that drama unwatchable.

Following in their fancy footsteps Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn are mumbling through another pretentious noire bit of cop nonsense. Remove the stars and there is nothing to follow at all in this stand alone/sequel thing that we know as True Detective 2 (SoHo).

Nobody is blaming Patricia Arquette's acting chops or star power for the failure of CSI: Cyber (Prime TV) to gain traction. This hard-working Oscar winner deserves a weekly paycheck, but the CSI franchise hobbles as it turns for home, like the riding-school pony that deserves to be retired.

The obvious rather cynical injection of some "cyber" content and The Boyhood star won't be enough to keep this show on life support. Would anyone even tune into CSI: Cyber, if the chief investigator were played by Kim Fields (Tootie in Facts of Life)? The rest of the ensemble is stacked for TV devotees. Somebody wants a new show from James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Luke Perry. Does it have to be a CSI?



The worst abuse of star power right now is season two of The Blacklist (TV 3). It's a long time since James Spader was a marquee name but he does play like a big-deal movie star. He's a charismatic figure cast against a pack of nobodies, cutting a swathe through a parade of baddies stolen from Super Man comics.

Forget Red Reddington - Spader should be sitting on a balcony, drinking scotch with Denny Crane (William Shatner in Boston Legal).

A balcony, a very high balcony would be the place for David Duchovny to go after revisiting his Californication hepcat character, with a period haircut and a nose for crime, in Aquarius (TV 1).


David Duchovny plays LAPD sergeant Sam Hodiak in Aquarius.

Duchovny is a very watchable TV star in need of new schtick.

The oversexed, unkempt outsider with a conscience is probably Red Reddington's thinner hotter cousin, and in spite of attempting his best True Detective acting, Duchovny, like so many big stars, gives us very little reason to watch.

- Sydney Morning Herald


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Post by sir on Mon 13 Jul - 3:29

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