January 12, 2006 |
The biggest story in the NFL playoffs is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, which, of course, has me thinking about the show "Bosom Buddies." I can't watch Manning without wondering what happened to Ryan Leaf. And I can't mention Leaf without recalling Peter Scolari. If you don't know who Peter Scolari is, that's the point. Back in the early 1980s, he co-starred with Tom Hanks in a TV show called "Bosom Buddies."
March 19, 1989 |
"Newhart's" Michael Harris, a vain, somewhat arrogant and--many think--quintessential yuppie, is in trouble. In a downward spiral that began in January, Harris (played by Peter Scolari) was fired from the "Vermont Today" television series. In February, having discovered that not even an executive headhunter could find him another job in television, Harris became a salesman at a discount shoe store.
February 17, 1991 |
Actors on television are usually known best by their last series role--a blessing and a curse that Peter Scolari knows too well. For six seasons on the CBS comedy series "Newhart," Scolari was familiar to audiences as the pretentious Michael Harris, a smarmy, yet somehow likable yuppie. For two seasons before "Newhart," Scolari was Hildegard, Tom Hanks' roommate-in-drag on ABC's cult sitcom "Bosom Buddies." Before that, he was a minor character in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Goodtime Girls."
April 13, 2012 |
Toward the end of the first episode of HBO's "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham), in the hopes of persuading her parents to continue supporting her, hands them the half-dozen pages of the "book" she has been writing for the last two years. To finish this proposed nine-chapter opus, all she wants is $1,100 a month, for two more years. It's a wonderful moment, capturing the inevitable divide between generations. With all the gloriously narcissistic conviction of an academically coddled, white, upper-middle-class publishing "intern," Hannah truly believes she is writing a memoir - she just has to live it first.
December 14, 1990 |
"Corporate Affairs," which makes a stopover at one of the Egyptian's small annex screens on the way to the video stores, is a "Working Girl" knock-off that's tedious and contrived in the extreme. Its only interest is the opportunity it provides to see how the same actress, Mary Crosby, can be so good in one movie ("Eating") and so bad in another. In "Corporate Affairs," which Terence H.