You guys know who Simon Baker (above) is, right?
He's that hottie Aussie actor (aren't they all?) who fell in love with Sanaa Lathan in "Something New" and whose eyebrows ate up the screen in "The Devil Wears Prada" (seriously, what was up with those eyebrows!? They had a life of their own!).
Well, Mr. Baker has also been on the television for a few years now but it's how that has all been going on that has been getting on my nerves.
The thing that irks me is that Baker and CBS seemed to have the longest development deal in history at work or they are just so co-dependent that they can't let the other... go. See, Baker stars in a new show called "The Mentalist"...
...With Robin Tunney (above; who else fondly remembers "The Craft"? Not just me, right?) on CBS. I watched some of it last Tuesday. Basically it's like watching "Psych" and "Criminal Minds" at the same time but being less bored.
Now I'm not begrudging the man a paycheck, and I do hope that this show works out for him... it's just that... I've seen this all before!
This is not the first time I've heard about some new CBS project starring Baker that does well in the ratings at first... before it peters out and the channel cancels it. I'm not saying that's what's gonna happen now but let's consult past evidence...
In 2001, Baker starred in CBS' "The Guardian," which was a show I liked for the sole reason that Baker played a lawyer addicted to coke, which was at least a shake-up from the boring storylines of other shows at the time.
Costarring Dabney Coleman (above), who also made the rounds looking for TV shows at the time, "Guardian" started off strong, lasted for three seasons, and then was canceled for some reason. Not enough coke, I guess...
Then, CBS put Baker in the verrry short-lived Ray Liotta crime caper "Smith" (Baker below with Liotta and Amy Smart)...
The cast was good, the show itself was a little dull, but it didn't matter anyway as it was canceled after one season. Well, I'm glad I didn't print hundreds of those "Who Loves Smith as Much as I Do!" t-shirts I had made up.
Again, I hope I'm not reporting to you in a few months that "The Mentalist" was canceled, but if it is, I urge CBS to LEAVE SIMON BAKER ALONE! IT'S TOO MUCH! JUST TOO MUCH!
The problem here is that they keep trying to make him a leading man, and I don't know if that's the best fit for the understated Baker.
While I think he's a great actor, nothing about him makes me want to pick up my remote and turn the channel simply because he's on the screen. He's not compelling enough.
Instead, I think he should leave CBS and join an smart ensemble similar to FX's "Damages."
Something where he can be paired with other talented actors who aren't always solving crimes in dimly lit rooms (seriously CBS, how many shows like this are you gonna make!?)
Maybe he can take the brilliant Holly Hunter (right) off that "Saving Grace" show and they can co-star together on a project... Hmm...
What do you think? Is Baker a leading man? Do those dark crime dramas get on your nerves? Will nothing ever top "Law and Order: SVU"? When will I stop asking so many questions? When will I stop asking questions about asking questions!? Seriously, when do you think?
p.s. If you missed the premiere of "The Mentalist" check out a preview below...
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