Did you see this?
Did you see this article in the LA Times? It actually originated in the NYT. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Masterpiece Theater is getting a new look. GG pointed out an article to me a couple of days ago. Look who's going to host! Agent Skully, aka actress Gillian Anderson,is going to be hosting Masterpiece Theater.
"Ms. Anderson will introduce the January-to-May block of costume dramas that are to be known as “Masterpiece Classic. They will begin this season with adaptations of six Jane Austen novels. Additional hosts will be chosen to introduce summer programming under the rubric “Masterpiece Mystery!” and the fall block of dramas, to be known as “Masterpiece Contemporary.”
Did you catch that's not going to be called Masterpiece Theater any more? It's Masterpiece Classics in Winter and Spring, Masterpiece Mystery in Summer and Masterpiece Contemporary in the Fall. Gillian Anderson will be introducing the Classics season. Other hosts have yet to be chosen and named. Anybody catch Gillian in BLEAK HOUSE last year? It was quite good.
The new changes start in January with Masterpiece Classics. First up? The Complete Jane Austen. I have to admit that I haven't seen adaptations of all of her books, so I'll be checking some of these out. You'll note the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice is in the mix.
One last note, did you see or hear the hoopla over Jodie Foster thanking her partner of 14 years who is a woman? Evidently this is the equivalent of coming out.
Do announcements like this affect your opinion or appreciation of an actor or actress? My reaction was one of sadness that Ms. Foster felt she had to hide part of her life. OTOH, it's none of our business. Once again I have to say I'm glad I'm not famous. I can't imagine having any passion so great that I'd be willing to give up my anonymity. Even when I think of the good that some famous people, like Bono, Lance Armstrong or George Clooney can do by bringing awareness to world problems. Giving up my privacy would be just too high a price for me.
I'm off to my swimming now and to enjoy my day with the wacky men in my life. I'm hoping to post a review of Megan Hart's new book TEMPTATION sometime over the weekend. Maybe.