TV Question Qorner: Hair, Die
Law & Order: D'Onofrionics.
Rocco's Dinner Party. I loved The Restaurant. Rocco's unique brand of petulant flabbery is riveting to me, for some reason. RDP isn't terribly promising, though; based on the single episode I've seen, it's got Top Design-itis, by which I mean that the concept is comparatively fresh, but putting it in a competitive format, or in this particular competitive format, isn't a good fit for it.
And not for nothing, but I would like cooking shows to acknowledge that nobody cares about the décor. Top Chef learned years ago to leave the Restaurant Wars footage of cheftestants agonizing over square plates vs. round on the cutting room floor, and it's nice of Rocco to flog his friend's consulting business, but the physical trappings of dining are like editing — a good job is the one you don't notice. Unless a candelabra the challenger insisted on 1) belonged to Liberace or 2) lights someone's hair on fire, it's dull television.
And speaking of dull, what's with Rocco's straight-from-the-box dye job? I've seen better workmanship from 12-year-old punks; you can practically see the smudges at the hairline. I don't care that he's dyeing it — not everyone's grey comes in all designy and distinguished (i.e., there's a reason I stay blonde), and I respect his use of a more aubergine tint, instead of that sad Boca Red nonsense aging Hollywood stars tend to go for. My issue is that it shouldn't look as though he himself dyed it, over his sink at home with the crinkly plastic gloves.
And on the more professional-seeming, yet still dysfunctional dye-job tip…
White Collar. I haven't loved WC's gradual transition into a snarky-buddy comedic procedural. Of course it always had to become that, because it airs on USA, but the premise seemed like it had more to offer — more charisma, more smart plot fodder involving forgeries or notorious minting mis-strikes. Not that the Venn overlap between "the general demographic for the show" and "people who know/care what a minting mis-strike is" has anyone in it besides yours truly; I'm just saying.
The current season has doubled back to Neal scheming and trying to double-cross Peter, which in theory I should like, but it isn't quite working for me; it doesn't feel organic to the Neal character anymore. It does, however, give Tim DeKay a chance to step away from the too-goofy writing of Peter over the last year or so and get back into that foxy I'm-gonna-outsmart-you-sucka glowering he does so well, and let's face it: I watch WC for the cute factor, and Matt Bomer is formidably cute, but Tim DeKay is my inside-of-the-locker-door jam for real. Love that guy! Have loved that guy for a while. That guy owes me ten bucks for making me watch Carnivale, though.
And that guy needs to put his foot down on the Clairol Fed Goth nonsense. What's with the super-dark dye job? I don't have a photo for this one — DeKay's Wikipedia page has a very recent snap, and the hair's darker than normal there, but not as bad — but I spent most of the last episode wondering why my man looked so pasty. Well, I figured it out, and again, covering the grey = fine. Shoe polish = unfine. Quit it.
It's not just him, either; a new hair wrangler must have come in, because Marsha Thomason is about to collapse under the weight of an umbrella with extensions glued to it. Even Bomer's looking a little sticky. A major part of that show's appeal is how glossy and pretty everyone looks; don't get "glossy" and "greasy" confused.
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