"No, Ricky! I'm not going to star in The Invention of Lying: Part 2!"
Picture it... 1985! A relatively young Betty White enters, stage left...
Crazypants is officially coming back to TV.
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.)
Has there ever been such an A-list cast assembled for a single TV show? Well, maybe A-list isn't the right word, but Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher are all pretty much TV royalty, and now the three of them are all co-starring in a single series. I wouldn't call myself a fan of any of them, per se, but they're certainly all talented, and I'm sure they all have their staunch supporters. So it's good to see that their show isn't a total train wreck, but is actually funny and sad and dark. Not, like, Californication dark, but dark nonetheless.
Few things cause me to weep openly more consistently than Quantum Leap episodes, so I think it's safe to say I'd follow Scott Bakula anywhere... even if where he's going involves Ray Romano. That's right. My Scott Bakula (who I affectionately nicknamed "Dracula" when I was 10. I wasn't very clever back then) passion runs that deep! The former time-traveling physicist has signed on for Men of a Certain Age, a TNT drama pilot co-starring Ray Romano and Andre Braugher, who's one of those actors whose name I know but whose work I've never actually seen. Anyway, I'm sure he's very talented.