IN ACCEPTING HIS FIRST-EVER PRIMETIME Emmy Award for acting this past September, Henry Winkler succinctly summed up a successful, four-decade-plus career in television.
"If you stay at the table long enough, the chips come to you and tonight, I got to clear the table," Winkler said of his Emmy award win in the best supporting actor in a comedy series category for his role in HBO's Barry.
Winkler's career is a testament to his longevity at the entertainment table and to his ability to perform at a high level across a diverse portfolio of roles - in front of and behind the camera - from his iconic run as the cool, unflappable Arthur Eonzarelli in the 1970s ABC ^ sitcom Happy Days to Gene Cousineau, Barry's uncool acting teacher.
"He's been able to stay a working actor, producer and everything else in the business since the 1970s," Marc Berman, TV critic and editor of TV industry website Programming Insider, said. "He was the Fonz - and that was a hard thing to break away from - and yet he's really managed to thrive for decades after it."
Indeed, after Winkler's successful 10year Happy Days run as the leather-jacketed Fonz, he stepped behind the camera to produce a number of television shows, including 1980s hit MacGyver, before hitting big screen in several theatrical movies, inclu Night Shift, The Waterboy and a small-but-memorable role in the horror film Scream.
Winkler would return to television in 1994 for the short-lived Fox series Monty, as well as in guest and recurring roles in such shows as Arrested Development - its initial 2003 Fox run and its 2013 Netflix reboot - as well as on USA Network's medical-themed drama series Royal Pains and NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Winkler even tried his hand at reality TV in 2016, teaming with actor William Shatner, heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman, comedian Jeff Dye and former Super Bowl champion quarterback Terry Bradshaw for the NBC travel series Better Late Than Never, for which Winkler served as executive producer.
But it would be his collaboration with Alec Berg and Bill Hader on HBO's Barry that would return Winkler to TV's upper echelon. Winkler's brilliant portrayal of blunt and obsessive acting coach Cousineau in the dark comedy has already netted the 73-year-old actor a Primetime Emmy Award and a Critics' Choice Award in just the show's first season.
"Henry is just this beautiful kind of light in the room," Hader said during last year's Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Added Berman: "Anybody will tell you that [Winkler] is one of the nicest guys in the business. He's always been busy and has diversified his work over the years, and now he's found this show Barry that he's won an Emmy for. He's really red-hot right now." +- RTU
Post by AntiArbitrator on Apr 6, 2019 9:57:26 GMT -5
This was an excellent episode and maybe my favorite one of the season after Jack’s departure. I love the added bits of humor: “Phoenix Black Site – You don’t find it on Trip Advisor”.
Murdock to Desi “A new Avenger” reference to Captain Marvel joining The Avengers in the upcoming movie “The Avengers: Endgame”.
San Francisco – “Where you will find Alcatraz, The Wharf…and Helman?”
Desi was right when she said “borrowing” the kids’ skateboard should be in quotes.
It was funny that Matty referred to Murdock as their “in-house psychopath”. Murdock is witty and clever, but I cannot like him. His plan caused a lot of people to be killed and put the Phoenix team in jeopardy. I like the two punishments he will suffer.
I also like the two MacGyvers bonding and going fishing.
Post by AntiArbitrator on Apr 12, 2019 21:20:11 GMT -5
Of the two dilemmas, I found Bozer’s predicament to be the most nerve wracking. He was so happy to have the keys to “Mac Daddy’s” car but as soon as he tried to start the car, he realized something was wrong. It was quick thinking for Bozer to snap a picture of what was below the dash. For a while, I wondered if this would be the last episode for Bozer and Riley. I should be ashamed that I laughed when Bozer could not stand straight and had to crawl away from the car. He looked so funny crawling.
When Mac was using the makeshift crane to lift people out of the hole, I was sure something would eventually go wrong. Maybe the hole would start to fill up or the rope would break, but something had to go wrong. Nope! It went smoothly. Mac used his skills again when the doctor needed a surgical tool to aid in removal of the bullet from the border patrol agent. Later, when unsavory men came to the clinic, Mac made some household chemical bombs to slow them down.
Although Mac had been very busy helping people, he apologized to Bozer for not being there to help him. So sweet.
Justin Hires is a really good actor. He looked terrified!
Riley did such a good job helping Bozer. And it is quite understandable that in high school he got through some of his classes with Mac's help. Amazing that remembering that got him out of his predicament.
I don't even know why Mac and Desi were in Bosnia. It has been 20 years, but that is a country I wouldn't think of as safe. Desi was so nice.
I don't think we got to laugh much. Maybe when Bozer was describing his high school experience. But as far as my list of favorite shows is concerned, this one has fallen in that hole Mac had to get them out of.
Post by AntiArbitrator on Apr 28, 2019 16:11:54 GMT -5
3.20 No-Go + High-Voltage + Rescue
Two American tourists go missing while doing a scavenger hunt through some of the world's most dangerous countries; the Phoenix team goes undercover as backpackers to find them and bring them home alive.
Post by AntiArbitrator on Apr 28, 2019 16:24:47 GMT -5
That was fun to watch. The challenges and the rescue went more easily than I expected. The kidnappers were expecting to confront some easily frightened young people, but they were easily taken down by Desi, Mac and Bozer.
It is amazing that Mac was willing to climb the electric tower in spite of his fear of heights.
I really like the warm moments between the two MacGyvers.
I also think Desi and Mac like each other. Desi made sure Mac got a good view of her in that dress.
I don't know whether they try to get science right on this show, but they really messed up in this episode. 5000 volts is about the same as what goes down a typical city street on wooden poles. For that structure, it should have been 500,000.
Mac and phones.
Desi looked good at the end, and she has more of a sense of humor. Or at least more of my kind of humor.
Amazing how Mac climbed that tower. Of course they build a set safe on the ground and make it look scary for us. And use stunt people when they have to.
Bozer's robot was funny. I liked how he and Riley worked together.
Now CBS got some 'splainin' to do. I found the link to the video, which I needed because the ending got cut off. But I didn't want to put on headphones at the library. Then I misplaced the link and found it again, and it told me I had to pay.
Post by AntiArbitrator on May 3, 2019 19:01:23 GMT -5
Treason + Heartbreak + Gum
SEASON 3, EPISODE 21 • NEW 5/3/19, 8:00 PM ON WJZDT 13 • TV-14 • STEREO • CC
Matty's ex-husband, Ethan, asks her for help when a criminal organization kidnaps his wife and daughter; Matty must decide if she's willing to commit treason to help Ethan; Riley joins Billy Colton and Mama Colton on a mission to Paris.
Post by AntiArbitrator on May 4, 2019 1:44:45 GMT -5
When I read the description for the episode, I groaned because I did not want Matty to get in trouble because of her ex. I think it is unbelievable anyone would agree to do that for an ex who left her waiting for years while he was enjoying life with another woman. When I saw Matty asked the team to help her, I started to enjoy it. Mac did his fair share of fighting and so did his father. I do not think his father should be fighting because of his compromised health. Desi always performs well in battle.
The mission was a success and the ex went to prison. They did not say what he was charged with, but kidnapping the head of the CIA had to be one of the charges. I guess Matty is too important for them to discipline her for her part in the scheme to steal the phone.
The messages and picture Riley saw on Billy's phone were incriminating. It is sad she was hurt, but I am glad the relationship is over. It was nice to hear her mention Jack.
I liked hearing Jack mentioned, but we don't know what his situation is.
I felt bad for Riley but she didn't use the information.
They were trying to do too many plots at once. But we know Riley's boyfriend's mother was involved in two of the plots. Did I mention my neighbor who died had a truck like theirs? I know I mentioned the truck but not that he died.
Matty takes lots of risks but somehow she was able to keep from getting in trouble for this.
Daddy Mac is tough but yeah, it's not a good idea for him to fight too.
When Mac bought the gum I missed the scene because there was some glitch. If I had watched sooner … well, no, I was recording three shows at once and probably wouldn't have had the channel with "Jeopardy" recording.
I wonder if the actress playing the little girl knew how dangerous the situation was. She probably just had to say what they told her to say.
I can't remember where but I saw a reference to "MacGyvered". It wasn't spelled right. It also didn't refer to what Mac does, although he does that too.
I was very lucky. I had to watch "The Cool Kids" and "Dynasty" online because the glitches lasted much longer. I didn't really miss anything important as it turned out. And the commercials I had to watch lasted longer than what I needed to watch, in both cases.
Post by AntiArbitrator on May 11, 2019 10:44:50 GMT -5
Mason + Cable + Choices
SEASON 3, EPISODE 22 • FINALE 5/10/19, 8:00 PM ON WJZDT 13 • TV-14 • STEREO • CC
A cunning new adversary's carefully crafted plans force Mac to make an impossible choice: save the life of a friend or save the lives of hundreds of innocents; Mac receives new information that will drive a wedge between him and his father.
Post by AntiArbitrator on May 11, 2019 11:47:00 GMT -5
This was a very good episode even though I do not recall any humor. It began with a scene where a bomb needed to be disarmed, but when the bomb squad robot opened the bag, they did not see anything. When the technicians approached the bag, the bomb detonated and killed them.
Every time Mac’s buddy, Charlie Robinson, has appeared in an episode, I expected him to die, but it did not happen. When Charlie was kidnapped and placed in an elevator that was rigged to drop and crash, I wondered if this would be the time he died.
The bomber was Mason, an angry father whose son was killed when a government agency used him as a distraction so that a valued asset could escape. Mac was under tremendous pressure to find a solution to prevent the elevator from falling or disarming canisters that could explode and crash a building full of people. There was not enough time to prevent both from happening.
Spoilers if the episode has not been seen
When Mac came up with a plan to prevent the elevator from crashing, my first thought was that the man was probably watching them. Mason was watching and he called Mac to warn him what would happen. Charlie took the decision out of Mac’s hands when he sacrificed himself by causing the elevator to crash.
That was sad, but there was more emotional pain later when Mac talked to his father. His father revealed that the “valuable asset” was Mac. Mac told his father that he would never have wanted someone to be sacrificed for him. Then he told his father to leave. That was a sad ending. ***
(Peter Weller [Mason] was Murphy in the original RoboCop in 1987, 1990)
After Charlie punched the glass I watched my enjoyment of this series over the past several months travel down the side of that building.
I seem to remember one or two jokes involving Bozer.
Mason looked like Lex Luthor. At least the photo I saw of him back in the WB days when the site had posts with Wikipedia descriptions. That was back when I thought Wikipedia was worth using. Rosenbaum could look like him with a shaved head in a few years.
I didn't like the way Mac got upset with his father at the end. Yes, it's a shame someone had to die to save him, but that happens all the time in war.
It was sad to watch Charlie die. I didn't remember him but it was clear he and Mac were good friends.
That was a terrible choice for Mac to make but he knows what to do in these situations.
I knew those bomb technicians were making a mistake when the robot said there was no bomb.