Return of quality TV

I was so excited last week to find that Six Degrees wasn’t cancelled after all. I hadn’t really been following this show in terms of it’s life or death status… I just assumed since it was a serious and quiet kind of drama with really good actors, that I enjoyed, but hadn’t been on for months, that it was toast!

Nice to see it’s still bread.

I am a sucker for the interconnected storyline format and this one does it well. Introducing lots of interesting characters and then slowly showing connections developing between them, often connections the characters have no idea are there.

In it’s return last week, a few of the connections were revealed to the characters… and one was resolved in a slightly cop-out way… but it was satisfying, and the more I think of it, I don’t know what else they could have done. (For those of you watching, I’m talking about the public defender/limo driver connection.) The photographer/widow storyline, however, was revealed to the characters in an interesting way and in resolving that storyline, they opened up an interesting love triangle… So, that has potential.

I mentioned great actors earlier and two of my favorite actors to watch are in this series, Campbell Scott and Hope Davies. Campbell Scott is the progeny of George C. Scott and the great late Canadian actress Colleen Dewhurst (who everyone in my country remembers seeing as Marilla in the Anne of Green Gables TV movie in the 70’s. Or was that the 80’s? I just looked it up. It was 1985. My memory is going.)

Hope Davies… I just think she’s cool. In the early 90’s I was in New York on business and went to the half price ticket booth in Times Square at lunch to see what I could get for that night. One of the available plays was Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). It was playing off-off (probably a few more offs) Broadway with some unknown actors. I’d heard of the play. I knew the playwright was a Canadian. Anyway. I went to see it and was blown away. I thought it was the most clever, funniest play I’d ever seen.

About 4-5 years ago, the play was being done here in Toronto with the playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald (also a novelist and actor) in the lead. I jumped at the chance to see the play again… And was really let down. It just didn’t click for me in the same way. Felt flat.

So what’s the point of this rambling departure? And just how many degrees of separation is it from Hope Davies?

Well, after my disappointment I looked through my old theatre programs (I save stuff like that) and the reason it had been so amazing in NY became evident. The lead was Hope Davies and one of the male leads was Liev Schrieber. Talk about seeing two interesting actors before they were famous.

Anyway, always been a fan of hers. She always makes cool choices. If you’ve never seen The Secret Lives of Dentists, you can rent it and see her and Campbell Scott together in a film. Very strange and interesting movie… Dennis Leary’s in it too…

So, I’ve gone totally off topic… But was really glad to see Six Degrees on TV again. (And Molly… I think I saw an ad that Friday Night Lights is back, too.

Is anyone else watching Six Degrees? Am I the show’s only fan?

  4 comments for “Return of quality TV

  1. March 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    I’ve always loved Campbell Scott, too. Didn’t realize he was the son of Colleen Dewhurst. I LOVED her as Marilla in Anne of Green Gables. That was her best role. Hope Davies is always great. Secret Lives of Dentist’s especially. When the frack is Six Degrees on? I can never stay up later than 10 PM, so if it’s on later, I’m gone. Maybe I should learn how to use my fancy PRV machine thingey.

    I went to see the same production of Goodnight Desdemona starring it’s writer Anne-Marie MacDonald. I didn’t have anything to compare it to, so I enjoyed it alright. I had just read FALL ON YOUR KNEES, and was probably worshipping at Ms. MacDonald’s altar.

    There’s nothing like seeing a play on Broadway (or even off-Broadway, for that matter). Something in the air. I’m jealous you got to see Hope and Liev together in the same production. I saw Liev Schreiber last year in Glengarry Glenn Ross. He’s a passionate live performer. I’d love to see his new show, Talk Radio. God, I even loved him on the four episodes he starred on CSI last fall.

  2. March 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Maureen – I’m being crushed under the weight of NAV production today… Dona tagged me for Top Ten Tuesday but since I really, really, reeeeeeeally can’t post before this evening, I’ve gone ahead and tagged you, with my own post to come when I get my act together. Hopefully you’ll have a few minutes to spare today!

  3. March 29, 2007 at 3:31 am

    I can’t remember when it’s on. Figure out your PVR Maia. It’ll change your life :-)

    I’m a big Ann-Marie fan, too… so I was surprised when I wasn’t blown away… But Hope Davies was amazing… and at the time, probably about 15 years younger than Ann-Marie was in early 2000… so more believable as a student (and as a boy that both Juliet and Romeo would fall for. LOL) And maybe it was just seeing it in a tiny theatre where the actors are right in front of you… Don’t know. But the off-off-off-Broadway production was great.

    Huge fan of Liev Schrieber.

  4. March 29, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Nadine… Just seeing NAV is making me shudder a little.

    It’s already Wed… and will probably be early thurs by the time I post… but I’ll accept your tag 😉

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