It's an unusual group of guys, to be sure. Scott Bakula is known for his science-fiction roles on Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and Chuck. Andre Braugher is best known as a cop on Homicide and Hack and a doctor on Gideon's Crossing. And, of course, everybody loves comedian Ray Romano. Together in Men of a Certain Age, they're three odd musketeers, but they provide a little something for everyone when they sit down at their table in the diner to talk about life, work, families and women. We sat in on a roundtable with Bakula to talk about his one-foot-out-of-the-game actor character, and later with Braugher to find out about his car-salesman family man. (We gave Romano a pass.) Plus: Bakula's Chuck situation and Braugher's Star Trek dream!
It's one of the charms of Homicide that, most of the time, most of the characters have bad hair -- Falsone's slicked-back, mullety number; Kellerman's floofy zipper-parted job -- because the show isn't about that. They're homicide detectives; they've got bigger things to worry about. But some of these reruns are 15 years old now, and it shows. Especially in the hair of certain guest stars who went on to bigger and Ledger things, like the one pictured at right.
Yes, that's a fetal Jake Gyllenhaal, and that's the only photo I could find from his guest shot on H: LotS (it's the same ep that stars Robin Williams), but it only begins to suggest the tonsorial hilarity that awaits the viewer, because naturally he's got it shaved up in the back for that mushroom look -- a.k.a. "the David Silver." And he is teeny, too. Robin Williams, just out of frame, is not a big guy, and he's like a foot taller than Li'llenhaal.
My boy Jake is matching him pound for pound in the ham department, though, holy shit.
[TWoP bullpen, afternoon. The subject under discussion: whether anyone on the editorial board besides Sars will admit planning to watch the next edition of The Apprentice, which "stars" such lesser lights as Marilu Henner, Tiffany Fallon, and a member of a famous acting family.]
Sars: "You know -- that Baldwin who isn't the fat one. ...Sorry, who used to not be the fat one, but now is."
Wing Chun: "They're all the fat one now."
Which is annoying. Ten years ago you could keep them all straight: the fat one (Daniel), the hairy one (Billy), Alec (Alec), and the other one (Stephen). Now it's Alec and...all the other fat ones. And Adam, who is 1) no relation and 2) not fat.
Speaking of the famous original fat one, Daniel, pictured above, I've started DVRing Homicide: Life on the Street on Sleuth. I love the show, but some of the reruns, I love...less. The "Bayliss pitches a hissy about his bi/Zen/cop website" era is not my favorite, and I never hated the guy as much as some, but shut up, Falzone.