January 8, 2007

Reader, I Tivo'd It

The bad news: Your New Year's resolutions lasted, oh, all of about three days, and your 1099s are starting to arrive in your mailbox; a cruel reminder of what you'll soon have to shell out to Uncle Sam. (What's that? You're expecting money back? I hate you.)

The good news: At the end of this month, we've got a new Masterpiece Theater to look forward to -- from a Bronte sister, no less! Jane Eyre stars newcomer Ruth Wilson (a poor man's Liv Tyler?) in the title role alongside Toby Stephens's surly Mr. Rochester, and is directed by Susanna White, who was behind last year's marvelous production of Bleak House. Jane Eyre premieres on PBS on Sunday, Jan. 21 and concludes the following Sunday, Jan. 28.

You can catch a sneak-peak of the mini-series at the Masterpiece Theater web site. (Sigh.) Only a story this good could have you pining for men who keep crazy exes locked up in their attics.

Up next on Masterpiece Theater: Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Philip Pullman's "The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke." Check here in a few weeks for more info. -- Amy


  1. Anonymous4:39 AM

    Sorry, but I think describing Ruth Wilson as "a poor man's Liv Tyler" is a bit of a cheek!! When you people over the pond have seen this production, it might be that you will correct your mistake and instead describe Liv Tyler as a poor man's Ruth Wilson!!


  2. Point taken...I have every confidence that Ruth could kick Liv Tyler's butt in every arena of life, including acting, and I'm looking forward to seeing it. -- Amy

  3. Anonymous2:02 PM

    I'm from this side of the pond - and I agree with the earlier comment, and would add, Ruth Wilson is beautiful (lovely eyes and mouth). I have a notion of Liv Tyler - but is she even an actress ... or is she only in Aerosmith videos?

    Ruth Wilson is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. I really enjoyed her performance, and hadn't even read Jane Eyre. Ruth remids me a bit of Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) - perhaps she's a upper-middle-income man's Emily Watson, or maybe Emily Watson's a high-society woman's Ruth Wilson? Who knows? But I think it's a better comparison.

    I'm looking forward to next Sunday's Masterpiece Theater - and so glad it's no longer Mobil Masterpiece Theater - (goodbye big oil!!)

  4. The Emily Watson comparison is dead-on. Ruth Wilson doesn't look like her, per se, but there's something about her facial features and naiveté that completely reminds me of Watson. I thought her performance was brilliant...especially in the first proposal scene. And on-screen, Toby Stephens is a lot more handsome than the picture here would suggest. -- Amy