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James Garner, You Will Be Missed

July 22, 2014

garner1As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86.

An early Boyfriend of the Week — I posted his write-up in 2005 and you can go give it a look-see right here — Garner was one of my favorite actors as a kid, and probably the first real “crush” I ever had on a celebrity.

My first experience with him was in The Rockford Files, a never-missed-an-episode TV series at my house growing up.  Even though I was too young at the time to fully understand most of the plots, I was utterly smitten with his brown eyes, his easy-going smile, and the way he could take a crack to that enormous superhero chin and keep on swingin’. As an adult going back to it several years ago, the series took on whole new charms for me, not the least of which was his character’s wonderful relationship with his father, Rocky, played with such perfect chemistry by Noah Beery, Jr., it was hard to remember they weren’t actually father and son in real life.

When I got older, The Great Escape became (and then remained) one of my top 5 most beloved, most watched films.  I got a chance to see it on the big screen about five years ago, and I’ve never forgotten the thrill of that experience.  Garner’s character, Hendley, AKA “The Scrounger,” was about as archetypal a role for him as any other.  He often played heroes who were deeply flawed and highly accidental in their heroism, and Hendley, true to type, starts out a distant, disengaged American flyer, more interested in saving his own skin than pitching in to help save another’s.  It doesn’t take long for his bunk-mate Colin, “The Forger,” to get through those defenses, though, and all the way under that skin — and in the end, Hendley nearly loses his life trying to save that of his friend.

Maverick, Rockford — even better, Jason McCullough from another favorite of mine, Support Your Local Sheriff! — they were all heroes like that: begrudging, but damn good at it when they finally got down to business.  Instead of relying on guns or fists to get the job done, Garner’s characters frequently wielded razor-sharp wit and lady-killin’ charm, to pretty universally disarming effect.

Not unlike MacGyver in that regard, I have to say.  No wonder I loved him as much as I did.

Garner was a hero in real life as well — he fought in the Korean War and was injured twice, earning two Purple Hearts.  In the 1960s, he was a passionate advocate for civil rights, and later in life, of various environmental causes as well.

In his memoir, The Garner Files, he answered a question that seems more poignant to me now than ever before, so I’m going to share it with you.  He wrote:

funny faceI’ve been asked again and again, “How do you want to be remembered?” I usually say I don’t care, but that’s not true. I want to have accomplished something, to have made a contribution to the world. It would be wonderful if just one person looked at my life and said, “If he could overcome that, maybe I can too.”

Beyond that, I think an actor can contribute by making people forget their troubles for an hour or two. Call it relief, escape, diversion . . . I think one of the greatest gifts is being able to make people happy. I like to make people happy.

So, if anyone asks, “How do you want to be remembered?” I tell them: “With a smile.”

Well, you got it, good sir, because I’m smiling right now.  With a face like that, after all, who could resist? James Garner was the master of dry wit and disengaging kindness, and he was a real sweetheart to boot. He married his wife Lois two weeks after meeting her — smitten on the spot.  Imagine that love. Think of that kind of love. They were together for 58 years, until the day he died.

Beat that.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to queue up a few episodes of The Rockford Files on Netflix, to keep that smiling burning all night long.  If you have an hour, you should join me.


New Boyfriend Write-Up Coming Soon! (Swearsies.)

June 23, 2014

john_oliver2-620x412Okay, so John Oliver’s been the Boyfriend of the Week for, like, 9000 years, I know.  I know!  I KNOW!  I knnnnnnow!

He’s awfully cute, though, isn’t he?  I mean, sure, I have a new write-up nearing completion at last, and I’m hoping to get it launched this week or next at the latest, but I’m going to miss having Oliver’s face right there all the time. It’s not easy moving on. Believe me, I’ve done it a lot.

Meanwhile, have you been watching his new show on HBO (“Last Week Tonight”)?  If not, try to catch it if you can. Clips show up constantly online — seek them out.  And read this article from Salon, because it’s a good summation of just how much butt he’s been kickin’ (answer: a LOT of butt):

Stay tuned in July for a new Boyfriend write-up and about 80 gazillion movie and book reviews that are currently half-finished.  OMG, summertime.  It’s a madhouse!

John Oliver’s Last Daily Show

December 20, 2013

A fine send-off, and you better believe I bawled like a baby right along with him at the end. Now that he’s heading off to HBO, it might be time for me to rethink my “paying for premium cable channels when you can just wait for the DVD is for suckas” policy.

John Oliver: xoxo times infinity plus infinity plus one, which is a really, incredibly HUGE amount of xoxo. You earned it.  DAN-GER!


Boyfriend of the Week Gets Own Show!

December 4, 2013

I can’t help but think I had a little something to do with this.  Because I have absolutely enormous delusions of grandeur.  But still!  HOORAY and congratulations, to current Boyfriend of the Week  John Oliver!

John Oliver Leaving The Daily Show for New HBO Series

Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

April 4, 2013

ebertThe news is all over the Internet right now, but in case you haven’t heard yet, Roger Ebert passed away today after an incredibly long battle with cancer — a cancer that stole his voice but never took away his “voice.”  If you know what I mean.  Which I bet you do.

Ebert was a special fellow for me — I used to watch his TV show all the time when I was a kid, and his passionate arguments with Gene Siskel, the “film snob” to Ebert’s “film lover,” always delighted me.  Roger Ebert is not why I love movies — he’s not even why I started reviewing movies.  But he’s certainly why I have seen as many movies as I have.  When Ebert rated a film highly, I almost always sought it out — history and experience had taught me that if The Ebe dug something, I was likely to dig it too, and this was the case easily 90% of the time.

One of the things I loved so much about Ebert was the fact he had very few pretensions when it came to film.  He wasn’t afraid to admit he had a blast watching a thoroughly crappy movie, and he had equal appreciation for junk as for genius.  I’m like that myself, which is one of reasons why his column in the Chicago Sun-Times was always the first place I went when I was looking for something to watch.

When the cancer took away his ability to speak a few years ago, Ebert dove down deep into the Internet, becoming a powerfully effective (not to mention affective) Facebooker, Tweeter, and blogger.  His courageous candor about what he was experiencing as a cancer warrior never failed to astonish and impress me.  This piece, complete with photos that can’t have been easy for him to share with the world at the time, struck me at the time as one of the bravest things I’d ever seen online (“Leading with My Chin,” about his search for a prosthetic jaw after having to have several bones removed from his face because of the cancer):

The amount of respect I have for this man can’t even be put into words.  At least, not by me.  Not right now.  I knew this day was coming, and I wasn’t surprised when it arrived, but I’m still profoundly sad it is here.

There will be gazillions of people all over the web writing little things like this today, so I’m not going to try to say much more.  Other people can get all brilliant about it. I just wanted to mark this loss, and to share it with you, and to tell Roger, wherever he is, how much he will be missed.

See you at the movies.

Harry Morgan, 1915-2011

December 8, 2011

The man meant a lot to me, and that’s all I’m gonna say.  More photos from his incredible career in TV and film:,0,4114334.photogallery.

Never got around to making him a Boyfriend of the Week; wish I had.  Rest in peace, Col. Potter.  Don’t ever die, Dad.

Boyfriends in the News Update!

November 17, 2011

Ba-BAM.  I totally called this:  Bradley Cooper named 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Well, okay, so I didn’t LITERALLY call it.  I didn’t flat-out say, “Look out, 2011!”  But deep down, you guys knew I knew, right?  We all knew, right?  Since Alias, we have known, right?  Since THIS, we have known.


Also, did you guys hear Richard Armitage is going to be playing Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit?  Because he is.  HE IS!  Wait, what’s that you said?  “Who’s Thorin Oakenshield?”

Pfft, he’s son of Thráin, son of Thrór!  Duh.  God.

AND, lastly, ex-Boyfriend of the Week Jason Segel (schmooperoo!) opens this weekend in the new Muppets movie, The Muppets.  Please, Jason Segel AND Dr. Bunsen Honeydew?  In the same movie?  You may want to put 911 on speed dial.  Because of the SWOONAGE.  (Also, is it just me John Hodgman and Bunsen Honeydew totally “separated at birth”?)

All these updates are just to say:  I haven’t forgotten about the Boyfriends, I swear.  Just been a busy year.  Hoping to have a new write-up posted soon, and maybe one more before January (plus my recap of favorite books and films from 2011).  And then we’ll see how things go in 2012.

Fall TV Boyfriend Alert!

August 10, 2010


It’ll be a few more weeks before I get serious about Fall TV, but since I skipped summer TV altogether (current favorite, by the way, is Louie on FX), I thought I’d at least send out a teaser about some exciting coming attractions.  Namely, a whole heap of new shows slated to start in a month or two that feature ex-Boyfriends of the Week!

Head’s up, people!  There’s some serious cute coming your way this fall!  Detailed descriptions of all these shows coming soon when I dive into the Fall TV swimming pool for reals.


Monday nights, for example, will be bringing us Lone Star, starring ex-Older-Boyfriend David Keith, as well as the Hawaii 5-0 remake featuring Alex O’Loughlin.

Tuesdays will have No Ordinary Family with Michael Chiklis, though I will confess I saw an ad for this show recently and it looks like an ABC Family version of Heroes — meh, will likely skip this one.  Thinking ’bout it.


Wednesdays include The Defenders with Jerry O’Connell, who I hope has eaten a few cheeseburgers since I last saw him without his shirt off on Crossing Jordan (yeesh, Skeletor!).  And I absolutely cannot WAIT for Hellcats as it will star the delightful Ben Browder (dang — see comments for correction of this). Then we’ll have Undercover (the new J.J. Abrams series) with Gerald McRaney (ooh rah!), or (good lord), yet ANOTHER Law & Order, this time in LA, featuring Skeet Ulrich (yippie!).  All in all, Wednesdays look pretty delicious.

Nada much on Thursdays in the way of ex-Boyfriends, but Friday’s got three old beaus:  Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, and Outlaw with Jimmy Smits.


Also, just in case you were wondering who’d try to snag him next, James Tupper of the crazy-gorgeous eye crinkles, will be doing a few-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy.  Here’s hoping McCrinkly gets a season pass — he’s had some practice now with the medical jargon, after all.

Are you ready?  Man, I am SO READY.

FX’s New Series “Justified” Premieres Tonight!

March 16, 2010

Just a quick heads-up that ex-Boyfriend Timothy Olyphant’s new series Justified premieres tonight on FX (10pm).

The series features Olyphant as a U.S. Marshall (a character based on an Elmore Leonard creation) who was an up-and-comer in the Marshall service until he killed someone in the line of duty.  Now on the outs with his boss, he’s been sent back to his home state, Kentucky, the place he joined the Marshalls to get away from in the first place.

He wears a cowboy hat and boots.  That might, in fact, be all you need to know.

Set your DVRs, VCRs, whatevers.  And here’s hoping it doesn’t suck!

Find out more here:

That’s SIR Patrick Stewart to you, pal.

January 2, 2010

You know how I know 2010’s going to be a good year?  Because things like this keep making their way into my inbox this week.  And it’s not just that they are good things that happened and therefore the year is starting off good.   It’s that they are good things that happened that made the people who read them think, “Hey, you know who’d love to hear about this?  MEG.”  And then they’re sending them to me.  To make my day better.   To make MY day better.  Get out of town.  That’s a gift.  You’re all gifts.  I don’t deserve you, but I will keep trying to.

Oh, and by the way, the good thing I’m talking about this morning?  Ex-Boyfriend of the Week Patrick Stewart:  KNIGHTED.  Uh huh.  You read that right.  Queen Mum was all, “Guess what, Captain Picard, that time you went all Warp Nine on that Romulan’s ass?  That was brilliant.  You’re in like Flynn, Sir.  Keep up the good work.  And pass me some of that Earl Grey, hot.  I’ve got a head full of quandary and a mighty, mighty, mighty thirst.”