Thursday, July 3, 2008

TV EYE: Dean Winters Wins 6th Man Award

How long is it gonna take before somebuddy takes note of television’s answer to basketball’s sixth man, the wily and chameleon-like Dean Winters. First noticed as Ryan O’Reily, a tough, sharp, and conniving Irish con who was one of the core group on HBO’s Oz, Winters has been all over the TV landscape as of late, bringing it on home each time, as Tommy Gavin’s (Dennis Leary) brother Johnny on Rescue Me, as Charley Dixon, ex-beau to Sarah (Leana Headey) on Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as Dennis Duffy, the on-and-off doofus boyfriend of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on 30 Rock, and just a week ago, as ex-cop Mike Stoat on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, each time adding a different shading, providing the vehicle with some spice, while still managing to blend in seamlessly with whatever tone the series has established. Hats off to him, a young buck who seems to flow effortlessly from comedy into drama, and anywhere in between.

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