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April 6, 2010
  • TV Squad poses the question, “Why Can’t Vigoda get some love” and calls out Vigoda’s rabid – albeit kind of lazy – fanbase who haven’t rallied the troops the way fans of Betty White have.

    But there was another classic character actor in that Snickers commercial, and he took just as big a hit. Abe Vigoda has been acting since the late forties, appearing in everything from ‘The Godfather’ to ‘Barney Miller,’ and frequently joining Conan O’Brien for desk pieces.

    Where is the love for Abe Vigoda? There are two Facebook pages for him, here and here, and they have less than 100 fans total. There’s another page, here, pleading for White and Vigoda to both host ‘SNL.’

    I am a fan of all three pages!

  • Who ever thought we’d see the day where Martin Sheen’s most notable role would be that of DAD to an alleged spouse smacker. I tell you what. He didn’t anglicize the family name to deal with this shit.

    the goodman, the bad and the foxy.

  • Prayers have been answered, y’all. Goodman is back on TV I am so freaking excited. Goodman is back in NOLA in HBO’s hotly anticipated (lol, I’ve always wanted to write that) Treme and he’s looking great!

    Perhaps a smaller storyline is John Goodman’s return to a regular TV series. Goodman has been in a couple of short-lived sitcoms (‘Normal, Ohio’ and ‘Center of the Universe’), has appeared often on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and done some voice-over work and cameos (he had a particularly good stretch on ‘The West Wing’). So he has kept a somewhat steady television presence.

    But on ‘Treme,’ he’ll be playing a role with some grit. He’s Creighton Bernette, an English professor, local historian, and outspoken critic of the government policies concerning the levees and the government’s slow response when the levees break.

See what I did there?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2010 1:21 pm

    One thing I like about these three actors is that they all manage to go back and forth from TV to movies. And it’s always good to see John Goodman, who I’ve loved since “Raising Arizona” and “Roseanne.”

  2. April 6, 2010 1:22 pm

    I like when Goodman goes back to NOLA. He was so underrated in “The Big Easy” and “In the Electric Mist”. He’s a wonderful dramatic actor.

  3. April 6, 2010 1:57 pm

    Abe Vigoda is the punchline to waaay too many late night talk show jokes.

  4. April 6, 2010 2:04 pm

    I got more rhymes than Abe Vigoda!

  5. evmaroon permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:30 pm

    My brother lost out on this audition for Treme. But he can’t feel bad about losing out to John Goodman!

  6. April 6, 2010 3:39 pm

    Whoa, really, EV. Damn, that’s some rarefied air! Did he get selected for anything else? The Fontanaverse is known for keeping folks around until they find a part that works for them.

  7. evmaroon permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:50 pm

    I know, right? He’s got an agent, it’s just a matter of time before he gets something nice and meaty. He’s been a stage actor in Norleans for many years now, and is in a movie about Katrina, I think called Flood Streets.

  8. April 6, 2010 5:30 pm

    Oh he most definitely will get a part on Treme, then. I haven’t been to NOLA in years, but they have some FINE actors! I love when films that shoot there actually use local actors. For one thing they can always get the accent right and for another, they’re just so damn good.

  9. April 6, 2010 5:43 pm

    One thing I like about these three actors is that they all manage to go back and forth from TV to movies. And it’s always good to see John Goodman, who I’ve loved since “Raising Arizona” and “Roseanne.”

    Vigoda has impeccable comedic timing. I mean all the cast members on Barney Miller were wonderful, but Vigoda gave Fish that extra something.

    Martin Sheen is really all we have left from that era of stalwart dependable character actors. I mean Eli Wallach – who is in the Wall Street sequel !!!! – hasn’t really done a lot of meaty roles recently and it seems that even Dennehy and Durning are softening a bit. Sheen was like the last hope. Man, I really loved his work in The Departed.

    John Goodman is always a delight! I am so glad he’s gonna be heavily featured in a role we haven’t really seen him do before. He seems perfectly cast as a prof type, a role that would normally go to someone like Peter Krause or Blair Underwood or possibly Jeremy Sisto if they wanted to go “edgy”. I’m glad the producers opted to go in a different direction in this case.

  10. evmaroon permalink
    April 6, 2010 5:52 pm

    Oh yeah, The Departed, he was excellent. I wouldn’t be surprised if my bro makes it on. And I wouldn’t be surprised if John’s character has an Irish accent, but that will remain to be seen.

  11. IrishUp permalink
    April 6, 2010 6:08 pm

    Seconding the love for Vigoda’s comedic timing. And the way he can move just like 2 face muscles only the merest fraction, and get more out of it than the overdone mugging of a Jim Carey type.

    My family actually was psyched that there was going to be the “Fish” spinnoff when Barney Miller ended. Hah, well it was fun to anticipate, anyway.

  12. msjacks permalink
    April 6, 2010 6:50 pm

    Goodman is gonna be great in this show! He’s a river city guy (STL); it’s a natural fit. And Ev, I hope your bro gets on Treme! If David Simon casts locally as much as he did with “The Wire” and Snarky’s beloved “H:LOTS” (as she calls it), he should be all set. You should interview him!!

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