Thursday, January 19, 2006

Funny TV lady

Dana Stevens' defense of why she likes "Skating with Celebrities" over at Slate is an excellent bit of TV criticism.

In particular, I like this. . .

But it's also hard not to root for Todd Bridges, the erstwhile Willis of Diff'rent Strokes, who's since been through the former child-star mill of small-time brushes with the law. Bridges breaks an unwritten rule of washed-up-celeb etiquette: Do not showcase your has-been-itude with explicit references to your days in the sun. When the toughest of the three judges (John Nicks, a legendary skating coach) calls Bridges out on his clumsy footwork, Bridges narrows his eyes and blurts, "What you talkin' 'bout?" This is disturbing on several levels—not least the fact that was Gary Coleman's catchphrase on Diff'rent Strokes, not Bridges'. Willis is, by definition, he who is asked "What you talkin' 'bout?", not he who asks it.


Read more here.


falloutgirl said...

I really enjoyed Dana Stevens' film reviews on her website, High Sign. Too bad she shut it down.

Todd VanDerWerff said...

Well, she got a good gig going over at Slate.

She's one of the best TV critics around.