Television Gets Steroids

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It seems that television shows are the new playground for the cool kids. Many Hollywood actors are making the crossover from the big screen to the boob tube. Robin Williams, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Bacon, Lawrence Fishburn, Kevin Spacey, James Spader, Jessica Lange…. And the latest to join the fold are going to be Zach Galifianakis and Hallie Berry.

Galifianakis is set to create and star in a new still yet to be titled FX comedy series co-written by Louis C.K., which, with those two attached, seems like a recipe for hilarity.

Halle Berry’s T.V. debut will be in a new Steven Spielberg scifi series called Extant, which will air it’s first episode on July 2, at 9pm est.

It seems to me that the steady paycheck offered by starring in a weekly series, and the familiarity of playing the same character for an extended period of time has got to have its degree of comfort. I mean, Kiefer Sutherland is even coming BACK to his familiar role.

Television also offers a chance for an actor to develop a character in a way that just can’t be done within the constraints of a two hour film. I personally think, especially with the advent of Netflix type all-episodes-at-once series, that the future of compelling stories lies in the small screen. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll see Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Robert Downy Jr. staring in their own CBS series directed by Christopher Nolen.