Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"We get it. It was grim. Move on."

Okay, so you may or may not have seen the new HBO comedy Extras, which is the new show by Ricky Gervais (The Office). I'm recommending it – it's not Office-funny, but what kind of standard is that to hold a show up to? But the best thing about the first episode was Kate Winslet, who played a hilariously awful version of herself. I had certainly gotten the impression, through interviews and Letterman appearances and whatnot, that Kate had a great sense of humor about herself, but this broadly winking take at her place in the business (if she wants an Oscar, she figures she better act in a Holocaust film or play a "mental") pretty much cements her coolness with me. Love her.

On the flip side of the A-list guest star gambit, Charlize Theron was pretty awful on Arrested Development last night. Why make her try a British accent that she so clearly cannot handle? And even beyond that she was just . . . awkward. It could have been a function of her character, who was revealed to be concealing a secret identity as some kind of Bond villain (don't ask – just watch), so she gets one more week to prove me wrong. But . . . damn. Even multiple chicken dances this week weren't enough to wipe the crumbs of failure from Charlize's face.


Ian Wright said...

The opened with the Winslet episode? Why the hell did they mess with the chronology of the series? The Ben Stiller episode that the BBC opened with was great and it did a fantastic job of introducing the characters.

Joe R. said...

Yeah, look's like the Stiller episode is this week. Is the continuity a big deal?

dr. huffnpuff said...

give us another picture to caption

...that's some nice flutin boy