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.