After having our worlds rocked by the presence of both Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik, as Ken Cosgrove's fiancée) and Clarissa Explains It All's Marshall Darling (Joe O'Connor, as Trudy's father) in the same Mad Men episode this past Sunday, it got us thinking about all of the former Nickelodeon, UPN and WB stars of the '90s and early 2000s that the show has redeemed over the years. There's Colin Hanks (of Roswell); Nora Zehetner and Sarah Drew (of Everwood); Matt Long (of Jack & Bobby); Danny Strong (of Buffy); and, of course, Vincent Kartheiser (of Angel), among others. Clearly, the show has an affinity for casting this niche of actors in weighty roles, so who should be next? These are our suggestions:
What is with the TV industry's obsession with making shows out of movies released decades ago? And why make a new show from a movie that was already turned into a halfway decent TV series 20 years ago? Did the producers of the new Parenthood not witness the debacle that was Eastwick? (Apparently not.) Sure, some films have made a positive transition to television (M*A*S*H, Stargate, Friday Night Lights and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to name a few) but for every success story, there's a massive stinker that sucks the life out of the source material and dampens our fond memories of the cinematic original. While Parenthood might succeed (given its awesome cast), we're at least hoping that it doesn't follow the footsteps of these complete duds.