Looks like Law & Order: Criminal Intent has officially come to an end.
It's always a challenge for an actor to play a well-known part on TV and then to start over on a new show as someone entirely different. Audiences will always be tempted to see them as that first character, leading to typecasting and premature cancellations of new projects. However, recently, actors like Ray Romano have turned this theory on its head. After nine (nine!) seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond, he's deftly crafted a new persona on Men of a Certain Age that, for all intents and purposes, is the anti-Ray Barone. As the second season comes to a close tonight on TNT (and as we count down to the return of Breaking Bad), we take a look at other performers this summer who moved from a career-defining role to successfully portraying its polar opposite. (Yes, we know Sons of Anarchy isn't really a summer show, but we couldn't resist.)
It also makes me miss the California white trash I grew up amongst more than I thought anything ever would (Vallejo represent!), but that's neither here nor there. The series started out strong and, over the course of the first four episodes has really turned into a great show. Last week's episode was particularly exceptional, and if you've never watched Sons or maybe fell away from it after the pilot, I really recommend getting back into it with this one.
At first glance, Katey Sagal may not seem like the most obvious choice to play a tough as nails biker chick (for my money, that honor goes to Nip/Tuck's Jessalyn Gilsig -- she's scary as hell!), but starting tonight she's doing just that on FX's Sons of Anarchy. Sagal plays Gemma, the matriarch of a Hell's Angels-esque California biker gang, trying to keep the gang together, her son on the right track to future head hooligan, and her husband focused and out of a war with the Mexicans. You know, family stuff! We recently called in to a little conference call with Katey and got a few tidbits on why she's biking around and running guns on TV these days.
Katey Sagal has really been blowing me away on Sons of Anarchy this season, and while I normally do not condone the waste of delicious potluck dinners, her move to silence her brawling husband and son with shattered glass and flying chicken wings (I think?) last night was one of the most breathtaking dinner interruptions I've ever seen (and I'm a regular Brothers & Sisters watcher). In support of the season, Gemma herself participated in a media call the other day wherein blogger types accused her husband of being a Hell's Angel. Other questions were asked as well! Read on for her answers.