What a couple of poofs!
The Proust Questionnaire has made it's rounds around the blogosphere in the past few weeks, and it got me to thinking about how most American's know about it from James Lipton's twice-removed bastardization of it on his show Inside the Actor's Studio.
Then, quite by mistake, I happen to be watching the Bravo Network yesterday and I was surprised to see that they were still producing that show. I say "by mistake" because I would never intentionally watch that channel anymore. It used to be great. Filled with hours upon hours of wonderful programming like The West Wing, Live From the Lincoln Center, independent films and yes, Inside the Actor's Studio. But that has all changed. It's now filled with crap like The Desperate Housewives of (insert city here), Salon Takeover and Top Chef. Sure, some folks love Top Chef but it's the one that started the makeover of Bravo into purely reality crap TV. So I hate it most of all.
But Inside the Actor's Studio has really taken a turn for the worse. It used to be something I looked forward to on Sunday nights. Enlightened and intelligent conversation with some of the best actors and filmmakers working today.
Check out some of the guests they had on during the first two seasons from 1994-1995:
- Paul Newman
- Sidney Lumet
- Sally Field
- Dennis Hopper
- Arthur Miller
- Neil Simon
- Faye Dunaway
- Holly Hunter
- Christopher Walken
So I was dismayed to find that not only is the show still being made, but they are really diving deep to scrape the bottom of the barrel. This past Sunday, as part of the show's 15th season, James Lipton sat down and interviewed Jon Bon Jovi.
On Inside the Actor's Studio! Oh, and it wasn't only him. They had the rest of the guys from the band there as well. What could these guys possibly contribute to the discussion of the craft of acting in front of a group of students from the New School? Fucking ridiculous.
Oh, and he they haven't been the only lame guests on the show over the past couple of seasons. No siree bob!
- Martin Lawrence - did they talk about Big Momma's House 2?
- Tim Allen - "Tell us about working with Mr. John Travolta in...Wild Hogs!"
- Teri Hatcher - "Are they real, and are they spectacular?"
- Eddie Murphy - about 12 years after he was relevant.
- Charlie Sheen - Charlie fucking Sheen?!?
- Daniel Radcliffe - I'm sure his breadth of work was invaluable to the students.
- The cast of The Family Guy - I rest my case.
The producers passed on O'Toole. Guess he wasn't going to be a ratings draw even though it would have been a highly entertaining interview.
Passing on Lawrence of Fucking Arabia! And that was one of eight of his roles that were nominated for Academy Awards. But nah...he probably wouldn't have much insight into the business. Nah!
The disease that has infected the Bravo Network has spread to some of it's formerly brilliant original programming. Feh.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Go ahead, Lipton...jump that shark!.