Friday, April 11, 2008

My my, Neil Patrick Harris certainly is sounding rather smug and satisfied with himself and his chronically important offering to culture, the sit com “ How I Met Your Mother…” In reference to Britney Spears appearing on the show he was quoted as saying:

“I’m in the minority that our show does not need stunt casting in order to succeed,” Harris, 34, tells the Associated Press. “I worry that if they start Will and Grace-ing us too much, that the show will suffer. And we’re all really proud of the content of the show.”

And this is despite the fact that Spears attracted an extra 1 million viewers to the show when she appeared on it.

To be fair, I think in theory Doogie Howser is right. It was stunt casting and the reaction to her role and her in general was steeped in ludicrous hysteria. She wasn’t so bad but she wasn’t that great. Most people did tune in to see if she would eat someone’s hair and role around on the floor in her own feces (when the show was pre-recorded so she was never going to do anything that weird besides tiny little nuanced bad line delivery because they would have edited that out).

Having said that, where on earth did the kid doctor get this idea that his innocuous, formulaic half hour mind numbing cliché fest was something that stood by itself when it came to the quality of the material? Hi, it’s formula and it’s controlled by ratings obsessed producers. How much wiggle room does he really have in actually “creating” for the role he plays? Oh, plenty…as long as you hold this can of Pepsi and change your expression because the flyover states don’t quite understand that level of irony. Britney may not be the answer to anything but she sure as hell didn’t damage the product and it’s not like he’d turn down those rating points to be able to inject a bit more depth.

Jesus, it’s great when actors think they can do so much more than they are really capable of. Just say the lines, cash the check and do legit theatre in Central Park in the summer to balance it out kid. That’s all anyone’s asking of you. [source]

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