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    A New Drama on Monday Nights

    I’ve just started watching this new series titled “What About Brian?” As with most dramas that I enjoy on television, it’s on late at night. So what I usually do is ask Herman to tape it for me and I watch it the next day.

    Basically, the story line is about a group of friends living in Los Angeles and their inter-personal relationships.

    Of the close-knit group, most are paired off into relationships except Brian, hence the title of the show. Brian’s best friend, Adam, played by  Matthew Davis is engaged to Margorie, played by Sarah Lancaster. Brian, played by Barry Watson,  often wonders if his true destiny is with Marjorie, his best friend’s fiancé.

    What I like about it is the “dramedy.” Though my mother would call the whole show, “rich peoples’ problems,” as opposed to real problems. In the same vein, I recognize the show for what it is. Basically it’s a prime time soap opera with no real redeeming qualities other than holding some interest as a love story and possible triangle.

    This is another show that Herman cannot stand. He is more about mysteries, PBS shows and action-dramas. We have so few film interests in common that I am likely to fall asleep in the theater at a show he picks out. As a matter of fact, the last movie we went to that was his choice (“The DaVinci Code”) I DID sleep through. After, of course, my popcorn which he used as a bribe to get me into the theater.

    Although I wasn’t familiar with Watson at all, he is best known for his role as Matt Camden on the successful television family drama, “7th  Heaven,” for which he has also directed a couple of episodes. My aide, Terry, recognized Watson from “7th Heaven,” but I’ve never seen it. From what I remember, it was a show about family values and communication.

    I’m not sure whether to recommend this show or not. It certainly is mindless entertainment as most of television is. To date, my favorite show on television is still “Boston Legal (ABC Tuesday 10 p.m.).” David E. Kelley is an incredible writer and I find myself being surprised at every turn on most episodes.

    Maybe we should all give “What About Brian?” a few more episodes to see how it matures and if it finds its voice.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com