It's the kind of choice conjured up only in cult media heaven -- the witty and wonderful Bruce Campbell, as Sam Axe in USA's hit series Burn Notice, starring in the original TVM Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe which premieres tonight, or Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings' heroic Boromir, or as the dashing Richard Sharpe in a series of great TV productions) on deck in HBO's fantasy adventure series Game of Thrones also beginning tonight.
Oh boy! We're talking a pair of terrific mature hunks -- in fact, it's Sean Bean's 52nd birthday today, and our boy Bruce is turning 53 this June -- who are still tearing it up onscreen and projecting a grown-up appeal that's guaranteed to set hearts a'flutter. This is a demographic shift we similarly mature viewers can get behind. Forget the callow youths of Twilight -- give us some slightly world-weary heroes to cheer on! Nothing, but nothing, is more appealing than a sense of well-earned competency, and both Campbell and Bean have oodles.
Here's a preview of HBO's Game of Thrones (from author George R.R. Martin's popular novels), also starring the wonderful Peter Dinklage (30 Rock, The Station Agent) among a cast of some known -- the intriguing Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Fox's New Amsterdam series from a few years ago) -- and many unknown but looking perfectly-cast actors and actresses.
Here are two trailers for Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe; the first one is shorter, punchier and funnier, and the second is more of a traditional action/adventure cut, but both highlight the always-entertaining show biz veteran Bruce Campbell at his self-deferential best.
You can learn more about Bruce, his character Sam Axe, and the rest of the talented gang from the witty and exciting Burn Notice at USA's website here. Fans of 1980's TV will remember the talented Sharon Gless from the groundbreaking Cagney & Lacey female buddy cop show; though she plays Jeffrey Donovan's mom in BN, she's lost none of her spunk and is gorgeous, btw. Burn Notice is one of USA's collection of pitch-perfect light action adventure series, among them White Collar, Psych, Royal Pains and In Plain Sight. The closest thing I can compare USA's output to is Aaron Spelling at the top of his game, Spelling being a producer who really knew how to deliver attractive casts doing exciting things.
For all things Game of Thrones -- and it's complicated doings indeed -- check out HBO's official series website here.