Friday, December 09, 2011
Late night TV
Starsky & Hutch. Anybody remember that show? It aired for four seasons in the seventies on ABC and starred blond David Soul and brunette Paul Michael Glaser.
Glaser played Starsky and was the only reason for most women to watch. A number of girls were entranced by Hutch. Even before the rumors about Soul being abusive to women began leaking out in the last years of the show, there was something about him that ran a lot of women off.
So they were two cops and that's really it. They had a male boss. A male informant (Huggy Bear). Women were generally guest stars or not seen.
I bring the show up because I woke up with it on the TV late last night and was thinking, "Who is that woman with the bad curly hair?"
She looked so familiar. And was telling Starsky and Hutch that she'd protect her own reputation or some such stuff. The voice told me who it was.
I can always spot her in Klute. When Jane Fonda goes on a modeling audition, Veronica plays the woman whose look they want until they realize they've seen her elsewhere. But her hair's straight there.
Hamel's chief claim to fame is her long running role on Hill St. Blues (and buying the home Marilyn Monroe died in).
But what I remember her most for is the cheesy TV movies. How I miss those cheesy TV movies.
Sessions, I believe, was the one where she was a call girl. That was actually strong acting on her part that lifted it into better than average. Then there was the Valley of the Dolls miniseries with Lisa Hartman in the Neely role. I believe Veronica played the Jennifer role (blond in the book, Sharon Tate in the theatrical film).
But there she was, badly used, on Starsky & Hutch saying lines like, "811 Walsh? Half an hour?"
And causing me so much confusion with that curly hair. (Hamel wore her hair straight and long almost always.) She has a one of a kind voice. I'm surprised with all the animation these days, no one has snapped her up for a role.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"