Friday, February 22, 2008

What's Your Damage, Heather?

Showcase. You know the one I'm talking about. Homoerotic movies made in the 80s, racy crime dramas and foreign films with subtitles. You remember the nights you'd spend as an awkward teen tuning in, hoping for something sexy. It made you feel alive! Sophisticated and adult. "This program contains scenes with nudity, sexuality, violence and coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised." (Don't pretend you can't hear her voice in your head. She's like a Canadian icon!) And a 4-banger! Nudity, sexuality, violence AND coarse language?! Yeehaw! If I'd been a 40+ cougar, instead of a pubescent 13 year old shut-in, I'd have poured myself a smart cocktail, thrown the phone off its hook, and told my friends to kiss it: Fridays Without Borders is me time!

Showcase has impressed me throughout time. And not only for cheap teenage thrills! Then it was my secret, now I shout from the mountaintops! The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Dead Like Me, Sin Cities, Naked Josh, Family Business, and Weeds! Oh man!

Adding to this incredible lineup of titillating episodic television is Damages starring Glenn Close. She plays a high stakes litigator who stomps all over Manhattan in designer duds and effortlessly commanding hairstyles. In the pilot we get a lot of information, conflicting, confusing, edge-of-your-seat details about everything and nothing! It grabs you like the first season of 24, and makes you scream out when the credits roll, "More! Just tell me a little more!" It's tight and economical, plot points delivered like personal letters in the mail. Complete with Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, and Zeljko Ivanek (he's played every creepy doctor, corrupt cop and sociopathic Russian mob boss since 1982) this show is everything I love - Think Machiavellian Erin Brockovich with better makeup, less cleavage and upon whose jawline you could slice smoked meat sandwiches for an army of 101 Dalmatians fans. A dream!

Episode One is repeating all week - Catch it and get on board! It's fantastic.

1 comment:

  1. can we talk about glenn for a moment?

    can we talk about how in the mid-eighties she was IT when it came to bona fide pitch perfect performances? can we talk about how she was nominated for an astounding 5 oscars in 6 years? can we talk about how she somehow managed to turn in a performance that generated oscar buzz in '101 dalmatians?' serious oscar buzz- for a movie that involved her backlit silhouette shrieking "get me those PUPPIES!"

    i am thrilled that she is having a career resurgence on cable tv. i am thrilled that at the emmys her shoulders looked better than michael phelps's. i am thrilled that showtime is airing damages- and angered that i'm missing it! perhaps i can get on the phone with chanel ten australia and get something going...

    love you.