The Boyfriend of the Week

September 27, 1999

This week's Boyfriend not look familiar? But you still think he's really cute and want to see more? Then today, my friends, is YOUR LUCKY DAY.

The reason Dan Futterman doesn't look familiar is because he hasn't done much. If he looks vaguely familiar, it's probably because you saw "The Birdcage" (he played Robin Williams' son) or that one episode of "Homicide" he was in. However, Dan will be rising from the ashes of obscurity any minute now, as he is currently co-starring in a new television show called "Judging Amy." Yay, Dan!

The show is, essentially, a total rip-off of "Providence" (see chart below), but, eh, so who cares? Formula isn't such a bad thing. Especially when the formula has room for cuties like Dan!

Futterman plays Vincent on the show, younger brother of the title character. He's a haiku-writing, Jung-quoting dogwasher, as near as I can tell. The sensitive, listening, caretaking type with an intelligent edgy sense of humor and absolutely wonderfully dorky ears (fyi, this kind of sentence is called a "fragment"). Just the name "Dan Futterman" tells you all you need to know -- he's got the perfect balance of handsomeness and goofiness. And that, as they say, is just what the doctor ordered.

Now, I'm not saying "Judging Amy" is a great show. The dialogue, though funny in places, was a little shaky. It seemed like the writers spent too much time trying to pen the perfect couplet to end their sonnet, and ended up neglecting the bulk of the words just to get in a few good lines. For you non-literary types, that means they worked too hard ont he punchline and not hard enough on the joke.

However, judging a show based on the first couple of episodes is always a dumb move (unless you have really good cause, like I do with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"). There's just too much that has to get accomplished plot-wise early on. Character development comes later (we hope). And I, for one, am willing to sit back and patiently wait for Dan to develop and develop and develop.

Also, I like Tyne Daly, though she will always be Lacey to me.

So, anyway, you should give it a shot. If you hate it, at least you've seen the sweetie in action. "Judging Amy" and its budding superstar mega-babe airs at 10pm on Tuesdays. At least, it does in the United States. For now, my Canadian fans will just have to cling to their mounties and hope for the best.

MacGyver Factor Score: 98.7654329872349875% This score was calculated using a terrifically complicated mathematical equation which the likes of YOU could never understand. That is why I am in charge here.

Judging Amy v. Providence

Attribute ProvidenceJudging Amy
Location: Small East Coast cityProvidence, RIHartford, CT
Protagonist: Professional woman played by actress who used to be on NYPD BlueDoctor / Melina KanakaredesLawyer / Amy Brenneman
Premise: Woman flees bad relationship and moves back into parent's homeSleezy boyfriend/Dad's houseBurned-out marriage/Mom's house
Premise part II: Woman lucks into profession-related job, but has no experience with type of position it is Was a plastic surgeon, gets job at free medical clinic (General Practice)Was a lawyer, gets job as a judge
Parent: Famous actor from well-loved old tv showMike Farrell (M*A*S*H) Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey)
Brother: Geeky, confused cute guySeth Peterson, bartenderDan Futterman, dogwasher

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