TV Talent

23 02 2013

In addition to movies, I have been catching up on some quality TV time lately. I have really enjoyed (surprisingly) the Broadway-musical themed “Smash”, a series that follows the trials and tribulations of a Marilyn Monroe-theme musical trying to get off the ground. It stars Debra Messing (from “Will and Grace”), Angelica Huston and the lovely American idol reject Katherine McPhee. I say “surprisingly” because I have always found Broadway rather twee and irritating – and yet the show has hooked me in completely, even in its ruthlessly catchy (and witty) musical numbers.

Then of course there was the recently concluded first season of Asia’s Next Top Model – don’t worry, no spoilers here!

But my biggest TV obsession of the moment is undoubtedly “Enlightened”. A savage satire, this tells the story of a disenfranchised, dissatisfied and incredibly self-involved office worker played by Laura Dern. The show’s (pitch-back) comedy comes from the central character, returning from a stint in rehab after a career meltdown. She is now full of new age hippie-shit wisdom and endlessly spouts unwanted plattitudes to everyone around her, yet somehow fails to notice what an awful person she herself can be. It is brilliantly observed and cruelly close to the bone in its portrayal of career disappointments and mundane office life.

Laura Dern’s performance in the main role is pitch-perfect, too.

I can’t wait for the second series, which is (I have read) even better than the first.