Sometimes I surf through the channels on network TV looking for something to watch while I’m eating dinner.
Most of the time, I wind up on something called ion-TV, a station that broadcasts reruns of reruns of primetime shows.
The most recent offering is back-to-back episodes of a show called “The Ghost Whisperer.”
It is mildly entertaining, what with all the spooky ghosts and such, but the show is basically formulaic and tedious, and the questions *begs* to be asked (but of course never is), “How many dadgum unhappy ghosts could there really be in one *small* town for five seasons?”
No, the thing that actually got my attention about the show was that I finally learned who Jennifer Love Hewitt is.
Hewitt is the show’s “Ghost Whisperer.” I had been vaguely aware of her name before, but there was no face floating around in my brain to match it with.
She has basically been a part of the “Jennifer-Blur” inside my head that I have never previously paid much attention to. There is a mash-up of so-called “celebrities” out there who seem indistinguishable from one another. They are all one shape-shifting, blurry face of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Beals, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Tilly and Jennifer Connelly.
And then there are the “Jennifer-like” people who blend into that same amorphous face: Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Lee Ann Rimes, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood and Clay Aikin (hee hee).
There’s an old movie that some of us recall called “Sunset Boulevard (1950) starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. “Norma Desmond,” an aging oldtime screen actress, utters the famous line, “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
Her meaning of course, was that the film stars of her time were unforgettable, charismatic and distinguished.
Think about it. A lot of movie buffs (even younger than me) can still recognize photos of Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn and James Dean. They had FACES!! (AND talent!)
But is anyone going to remember the 21st-century “Jenni-Blob” in 50 years? Will movie fans be going to Jennifer Anniston film festivals in the year 2062??
I guess if the TV show “Cops” is still on in 25 years, there might be a rehash of the exploits of Lindsay Lohan, but … well, nobody even really cares about her NOW!
No, I don’t think the Jennifers are going to hold up very well. Not only because they are all so unnaturally skinny (as only Hollywood actresses can be these days), but also because they are all so collectively unmemorable and well, shallow.
I will probably remember that in her TV show, Jenny-Love wore makeup and false eyelashes to bed at night — that is *not* acting! — long after I have forgotten her face. Or something ….
© October 2011 by Phyllis J. Hanniver