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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"Men of a Certain Age"

Okay, I TRIED to watch this Monday night. I mean, c'mon Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula, it was a no-brainer, yes? No.

See, they chose Ray Romano as the third wheel (Ahem! "Character") for this can't-make-up-its-mind-if-it's-a-drama-or-a-comedy. BIG mistake! Andre? Scott? Solid, quality actors with a proven track record for KNOWING HOW TO ACT! Romano? Yeaaaahhhh... Ray Romano knows one thing well, how to be Ray Romano. In any role I've seen him play, he plays himself playing a character who just 'happens' to be channeling - wait for it - you guessed it, 'Ray Romano'.

Now, if Ray Romano had even *one* ounce of funnyness or acting ability, that wouldn't necessarily be a 'bad thing'. Unfortunately, Romano was struck repeatedly at birth by both the Wand of No Humor and the Quarterstaff of No Talent. Really. Someone should have gotten the license plates on the truck that struck him 'cause, based upon his 'acting', it was a serious felony.

So I managed to tune in for a whole five and one-half minutes - the first five and one-half minutes. From just that one brief exposure I was engulfed in an overwhelming desire to (take your pick as to what is more revolting and tragic):

A) Convert to radical Islam and re-stage 9/11.
B) Nuke the last remaining pods of Right Whales.
C) Suicide by starting a black hole in the Large Hadron Collider.

Yes, Romano was *that* bad. Come to think of it, it was Patricia Heaton and the gang that carried Romano during 'his' comedy. Just like Julie Louise Dreyfus, Michael Richards and the gang carried Jerry Seinfeld.

Why is it that we are forced to endure knowing there is a show so geared towards a living, breathing EGO which has no talent? Why cannot each and every TV executive involved in the creation of "Men of a Certain Age" and "Seinfeld" be terminated for cause, and then blackballed, so that they have to re-start as dishwashers at their local fast-food joints?

Oh well, at least there's "Castle".


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