Moving On: Life after HBO

Posted by on October 28, 2008 in Television | 0 comments

Call me loyal. I tend to follow baseball players after they leave ‘my’ team (the A’s) on the money trail to greener outfields. Along the same lines, I am more apt to watch a show featuring actors who formerly starred on some of my favorite HBO series’, even if only for a guest stint.

Case in point…

Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy)
Kim Dickens (Lost)
Garret Dillahunt (Damages, Life)
Paula Malcomson (Lost)
Timothy Olyphant (Damages; 2009)
Molly Parker (Swingtown)
William Sanderson (True Blood)
Robin Weigert (Lost, Life)
Titus Welliver (Life)

Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty)

Kirk Acevedo (Fringe)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost)
Zjelko Ivanek (Damages)
Harold Perrineau (Lost)
Lauren Velez (Dexter)
Dean Winters (30 Rock, Rescue Me)
David Zayas (Dexter)

Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money)
Freddy Rodriguez (Ugly Betty)

Edie Falco (30 Rock, Nurse Jackie; 2009)
Drea De Matteo (Sons of Anarchy)
Michael Imperioli (Life on Mars)

Obviously there are more actors from these shows who have appeared on others, but even I don’t have time to watch them all. I tried but never got into Big Love or The Wire, and I did not watch Carnivale or Rome.

It’s quite sad that I only watch 2 HBO shows now: Flight of the Conchords and True Blood. With fantastic fare such as Dexter, Weeds and next year’s The United States of Tara on Showtime, I can only imagine the pressure behind the scenes at HBO these days.

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