So what do you do if you're an old and washed-up, or not-so-old, but increasingly forgotten actor anxious to regain the spotlight of celebrity? As a rule, you look to associate yourself with a project that might jump-start your career. It is nice to be asked to participate in a project popular with the public. You jump at the chance for a supporting role in a Steven Spielberg movie. It's even better when the show is the rage of Hollywood itself and generating the all-important "buzz" among Tinseltown's sycophantic critics. If you're desperate enough, you'll latch on to this project, no matter how distasteful it is.
I've seen it. I think of the visit to the home of the actress who was distraught by the filth permeating the world of television, yet two months later took a major supporting role in one of the filthiest series that year. I think of the numerous conversations I had with the comedian who was disgusted by the lack of civility in his industry, but then jumped at the opportunity when Howard Stern's shop called for an interview. I remember the lunch I had with the actress who spoke so eloquently about the need to restore family values to the world of entertainment, and three years later made a national splash by shooting a topless scene in a movie.
They were all serious and honest, but they were also on the downside of once-prominent careers, and ultimately, they were desperate enough to compromise their principles. If it can happen to them, it can happen to just about anyone. In fact, it does. This would explain the seemingly irresistible urge of aging celebrities to align themselves, through guest appearances, with FX's "Nip/Tuck."
The critics absolutely love this program. "'Nip/Tuck's' sheer energy -- its vigor for the vulgar, its delight in decadence, its zest for the zeitgeist -- won me over," raves "Entertainment Weekly." "'Nip/Tuck' remains gorgeously slick (Everything) comes together to form an eerily beautiful TV atmosphere, one that's as coolly futuristic as the show's plots," gushes The Boston Globe. "Dazzling consistently audacious a dizzying complexity," cheers Florida's Palm Beach Post. "Avant-garde pop art ... The show's popularity proves America doesn't have to be the repressed, genital devoid Disneyland for prude-year-olds," declares the Chicago Sun Times. And that's just a sampling.
What's this series delivered in its first three seasons to deserve these accolades?