Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

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Saturday, Jan 30, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Stephen Garrett
The Times (21 January 2010)

“Tony Soprano, Vic Mackey, Don Draper… Why have our small-screen figureheads taken up residence on the dark side?... Who are your TV heroes and heroines? Which, if you could have another life, would you want to be? George Clooney’s maverick doctor in ER, Martin Sheen’s heart-on-sleeve President in The West Wing, or Richard Armitage’s intense and unpredictable agent in Spooks, produced by my company, Kudos? They are all pretty much on the side of the angels. But what about another breed of role model from TV drama series? How many of us want to be James Gandolfini’s murderous racketeer in The Sopranos, Michael Chiklis’s bent detective in The Shield, Glenn Close’s ruthless lawyer in Damages or Philip Glenister’s homophobic and misogynist Gene Hunt in Life on Mars? Can they even properly be described as heroes at all? And whatever they are, why do we love them so?”


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