That’s the beauty of the internet, is that we’re no longer tied to our communities merely by physical connections. Right now I’m watching a show, The Wire, about surveillance, which is— I’m really enjoying it. Second season’s not so great.
Ariel Castro update: I’m no casting agent (though I could/will brag about my Arab Spring casting skills), but there’s an obvious choice for the actor who will play Castro in the forthcoming movies based on this hellish story: David Costabile.
You may know him as Breaking Bad‘s Gale Boetticher, or Suits’ Daniel Hardman, or Damages‘ Bearded Man/Detective, or The Wire‘s Thomas Klebanow. But take a look at this — a little more growth on the beard, a pair of spectacles, and this is a dead-on-balls accurate match
The Michael J. Fox Show looks pretty funny, but we’d watch just for the fact that Breaking Bad’s Marie and The Wire’s Bunk will be in tow.
• Vincent Schiavelli, who taught the Ridgemont High kids and yelled at Swayze’s ghost to get off his train, won a James Beard Foundation journalism award in 2001 for an L. A. Times article on Sicilian cooking.
• Stephen Tobolowski — “Needlenose Ned?” “Ned the Head?” — was supposed to play the role of plaid sidekick Al Borland on Home Improvement before scheduling conflicts forced him out.
Tuesday night’s Happy Endings featured a string of Miami Heat jokes so spiteful they could only come from a show set in Chicago. The championship doesn’t count, shortened season, injury-plagued (cough Derrick Rose cough) opponents, yada yada.
Except … we’ve seen The Wire, and no, Bosh doesn’t look anything like Omar’s boyfriends. Not at all. Bosh looks like a seven-foot-tall dino-bird sucking on a thin straw. Brandon, Dante and Renaldo, for being robbery accomplices, all have a certain twinky puppy-dog cuteness that is objectively un-Boshlike. Here, look:
This is Chris Bosh:
If you’re looking for a true look-alike, Brandon’s really a dead-ringer for former LeBron James teammate (and alleged would-be stepdad) Delonte West:
There you have it. You just got mythbusted, Happy Endings. But you’re still a very funny show.