Friday, July 18, 2008

Attack of the horn-rimmed glasses

So a couple of days ago we got Zach Braff sporting thick glasses and a beard -- or, as Bill Lawrence said, his "smart Zach" look. Now today we got Simon Baker from "The Mentalist" sporting even thicker specs. Is this a trend I just missed out on?

(Also, it took five questions before someone brought up "Psych," and the producer of course insisted they're two completely different shows.)

UPDATE: A couple of other critics reminded me that we also got Smart Tim Daly yesterday. That's three, and that's a trend. Will try to upload a photo of that when Blogger stops acting buggy.

12 comments:

Alan Sepinwall said...

For some reason, I can't get the new picture to post, but if you want to see Smart Tim, go to the NJ.com version of this post.

Nicole said...

Is it wrong to say that I actually kinda liked The Mentalist? I haven't ever watched Psych, so maybe that's it, but despite the plot holes, I was entertained. And Simon Baker is kinda easy on the eyes. Will that be enough for me to watch it every week? perhaps, but I do know that if they throw in a vampire, there will be a dedicated fan base to keep it on the air.

Toby said...

With those glasses, Baker looks like he stepped out of some Gerry Anderson Supermarionation show....

That First Andrew said...

I've seen this guy who looks a lot like Baker that they call "The Mentalist." But they can't be the same person. Simon Baker wears glasses.

Smiley Lee said...

Alan - Do you have any information on the Dirty Sexy Money or Private Practice TCA sessions? I didn't see a post on those.

domino87 said...

HRG from Heroes made it a thing.

Eires32 said...

Still curious about "The Ex-List". Was she sufficiently quippy?

Anna said...

Actually, I think Rivers Cuomo from Weezer is the one who originally made it a thing. If everyone started wearing horn-rimmed glasses, then we could attribute it to Noah Bennett. But thick, black, plastic frames are nothing new; I've been wearing mine for five years.

Anna said...

Aha... except that I have been confused as to what horn-rimmed glasses actually are. Noah Bennett actually wears browline glasses, not horn-rims. I wear horn-rims and I never even knew it. But, anyway, my comment about Rivers Cuomo still stands.

Matthew L said...

So did they actually explain how The Mentalist is different? Because other than the everyone-knows aspect, the show descriptions seem identical.

Matt said...

My understanding is that the Mentalist takes the premise oh so seriously, while Psych plays everything for a joke. I also don't know that the Mentalist has either the family stuff that goes on on Psych or the buddy cop stuff, either on the Sean/Gus side or the Lasseter/O'Hara side.

(And more than anything else, that photo of Baker reminds me of David Tennant.)

WhoJackman said...

I think Simon Baker is just plain old blind as he's been wearing those for years. Everytimes he comes home to Oz, there they are.