SUPPORTING GREAT TELEVISION

Wishing Upon a Star (Or Maybe Three)

In Tidbits on December 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Emile Hirsch, try television! (Photo by Jayson Laveris/FilmMagic; courtesy New York Magazine)

Since Showtime has cast Don Cheadle in its House of Lies comedy pilot – and since this is the season for wish lists – here are three more movie stars I’d love to see in TV series:

• Jude Law. PBS is reviving Upstairs, Downstairs next year, so why not remake another Masterpiece Theater classic – I, Claudius – with Law in the title role?

• Emile Hirsch. When Congress finally repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, someone ought to produce a series about an idealistic, openly gay service member – the kind of role Hirsch plays so well on the big screen.

• Frances McDormand. Speaking of Congress, wouldn’t it be nice to have McDormand playing a determined, progressive House speaker in prime time?

Just as we relied on Jed Bartlet to survive George W. Bush’s White House years, I suspect we’ll need another prime time liberal to get us through the Boehner era on Capitol Hill.

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