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Monday, June 26, 2006

That Was Weird

We got expanded cable service a few weeks ago, and while I don't watch a whole lot of TV, the new service does greatly improve my chances of seeing something good when I do sit down in front of the tube. House, for example. Great show. Well-written, well-acted, smart and intriguing. And Hugh Laurie is great-- not big news, nor shocking, I know, but I had only heard this, I hadn't actually seen him in action.

Terrific actor, terrific role. Cranky, brilliant, sarcastic, and often down right mean.

Which brings me to the weird part. We were watching Stuart Little 2 the other night-- which is pretty decent as kids' movies go-- and I could not place the dad. He's a chipper, understanding, find-the-silver-lining-in-everything kind of dad. Ward Cleaver on happy pills, pretty much. I could not figure out who the guy was playing him.

Then I was looking away for a bit, and I recognized the voice. It was Dr. House-- clean shaven and Mr. Good Hollywood Dad, but Hugh Laurie, nonetheless. Very strange.

As a side note, Stuart Little 2 has a heck of a cast. Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis (Mom), Jonathan Lipnicki (the cute kid from Jerry Maguire), Nathan Lane (Snowbell the cat), Melanie Griffith (Margalo the bird), James Woods (The Evil Falcon-- even just his voice makes a great villain), and, of course, Michael J. Fox as the voice of Stuart.


Hugh Laurie is great in “House”. But to really appreciate the man’s talents, you have to see the TV series “Jeeves and Wooster” (available on A&E DVD) and “Black Adder”.

The man’s a treasure.
I've seen Black Adder but not for quite a while. Laurie is in that? Huh. Well, now I'll have to check out the PBS schedule to see when it's on.
House is a good show, but the first season was far better than the second. I was especially disappointed by this season's finale.
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