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.
Despite my frustrations over egregious Sons of Anarchy snubs and superfluous Mariska Hargitay and Tony Shalhoub noms, today's Emmy nominations announcements are largely a happy occasion for me, personally, for one reason and one reason alone: Mike O'Malley, one of the most underrated actors on television, has been nominated for his tremendous work on Glee. In that weird guest actor category instead of the more prestigious supporting actor one, sure, but I'll still take it -- I just adore the guy. I always thought he was a far better actor than he ever got credit for and frequently gushed over his work in My Own Worst Enemy -- which got me mocked quite a bit at the time -- so now I'm feeling pretty vindicated. So, in the spirit of the day, let's review the credits that got him to Glee (and maybe an Emmy!), shall we?