Cross played Kimberly to perfection on "Melrose Place" and Kimberly was a delicious psycho. On "Desperate Housewives," she played the Stepford Mom and her distance from reality helped put the role over. But there is nothing that indicates she would be good as a likeable character. Maybe Amanda Clarke's mother isn't likeable?
But I still say no. Among the names the press is listing, I would go for either Diane Lane or Renee Russo. Sharon Stone's being mentioned but I just don't see her doing the role. (Unlike with Cross, I'm not saying that Stone can't act the role -- I think she could and that she'd be great in it -- I just do not see her signing on to a TV series. She was supposed to do that with "Law and Order" and then didn't.)
I am guessing that the character is hiding a great deal. For example, she's not dead. Okay. Well what prevented her from coming forward? Especially from coming forward when David Clarke went to prison and Amanda was put in foster care?
Is she an unfeeling person? Was she incapacitated? If it's the latter, was she in a mental institution?
I think there are going to be a lot of dramatic possibilities with the role and that Lane or Russo or Stone could nail those possibilities and have you rooting for them.
Marcia Cross not only looks wrong for the part, I don't see her in the role.
Here's another thing I don't understand: Lily Tomlin's new sitcom.
For years, Lily refused to return to TV in anything but specials. She had many offers to do her own show. Then she's Kay on the last two seasons of "Murphy Brown." Okay, she was good in the role and the show was a very funny show. Then she ended up doing two episodes of "Will & Grace" and I wish she'd done more but was glad she took part in the show because it was both hysterical and groundbreaking. Then came the awful "West Wing." She was in 34 episodes in a minor role that wasn't that funny and wasn't that important and now Lily Tomlin was being squandered.
This continued with the bad decision to do a season of "Desperate Housewives" (six episodes) in another role that meant nothing.
But she switched it up by doing Glenn Close's "Damages." That's an amazing show and for ten episodes, Lily got to be amazing. More recently, she was hilarious on Lisa Kudrow's "Web Therapy" (as Fiona's mother).
But now comes another puzzler that I hope will not also be a squanderer. Lily will play Reba McEntire's mother in a new ABC sitcom this fall entitled "Malibu Country." I hope this is a solid effort that's deserving of Lily.
But I have to wonder, why didn't she do her own sitcom all those years ago when she had the offers?
I don't get it. I think a Lily Tomlin sitcom could have changed television and certainly could have had the whole nation laughing.
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