Sunday, April 11, 2010
I am a huge fan of movies - obviously. Movies are the reason I fell in love with this profession in the first place. The way movies effected my life and created memories that will last a lifetime. For almost every time in my life - I can associate a movie with it that will bring back thousands of memories - good and bad. I see movies every chance I get - however - with the schedule I keep, and the cost of movies - I find it harder and harder to make it to the theater as often as I would like - and have found myself instead turning on the good old TV on my short breaks - and I have discovered something....
I feel that in the past 5-6 years - there has been a huge change in the quality of the shows on TV - so much so that I would argue there are now shows on TV that I feel are on par with any film you might see in the theater - some even better. Could this be the new coveted "job" for Actors? Directors?
In the past - I would have said no. I would have argued that if you wanted a really great character driven role - you would need to go for films - but I don't think this is true anymore. I'm not just talking HBO/STARZ/SHOWTIME either - while these channels have some of the greatest shows I've seen - I've noticed even prime time channels have some really compelling shows out right now - shows that any actor would be proud to be a part of and sink their teeth into these roles. While there are many - I will list a few examples of shows that have really blown me away - acting wise - as well as production...
Breaking Bad (AMC): I was recently turned onto this show - and I'm hooked! The acting - the writing - the overall feel and look - I would put this up against a lot of films and argue this is just as good - if not better than some.
Saving Grace (TNT): This is some of the best acting I've seen - and one of my favorite Holly Hunter performances. I love any role that allows a woman to be powerful and in charge - where you root for her and she is strong.
Dexter (Showtime): I can't say enough about this show. It's brilliant and compelling - edge of your seat - greatness. And you never know what's going to happen. I would say this is far better than some of the movies I've seen lately (Clash of the Titans...ahem)
Damages (FX): First - Martin Short and Lily Tomlin are excellent in these serious roles. I mean excellent. And Second - Glenn Close... enough said.
I could go on - but really my whole point in writing this is - I no longer believe that TV is limited to sitcoms and reality shows and crappy one hour dramas. I used to always say that as an actor - being on TV would be scary because you could get type cast as one certain character and then what? But I don't think that is true anymore. I think that TV is just as much a launching pad for any serious acting career as a film would/could be. It makes me excited as an actor for all the new opportunities available for such excellent roles.