TV's May-September romance - 03/30/2008 - MiamiHerald.com: "even among actresses, where the conventional wisdom is that age is a curse, the top three are Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay (44), CSI's Marg Helgenberger (49) and sitcom star Reba McEntire (53)."
Very interesting! Personally, I watch very few shows where the actors are younger than thirty-something me. And although we always hear that in entertainment, youth rules, if I made a list of the most attractive actors/actresses on television, there wouldn't be one under 39 (and that's Jorja Fox).
I think in the last decade or so, new talent has been selected poorly -- often selected exclusively for looks and pop appeal, and that method has backfired. Audiences are no longer captivated by a beauty when you know she bought every body part she shows and spends months at a time in rehab. We want actors. We want people who make us feel a story and can hold our ever decreasing attention spans.
I do anyway.
While I have no idea who Reba McEntire is, Marg Helgenberger and Mariska Hargitay are beautiful women who really can act. Jorja Fox too, beautiful, but more than that, she can act. We might have forgotten about acting during the Baywatch years but thankfully, it appears to be returning as a priority.