Question: I have found a silver lining in all of this strike business. Getting desperate for some quality entertainment during this "dry spell", I started TiVo'ing old episodes of one of my favorite shows, Homicide: Life on the Streets. For me, this was one of the first breakout-quality series in this genre. I have been thoroughly enjoying reliving some fabulous episodes, particularly the Luther Mahoney storyline. It is especially satisfying since I get a new episode of the syndicated series every day. This brings me to my question: Why have Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor not been able to find new roles that show off their talent the way Pembleton and Bayliss did? Watching these old episodes has reminded me how much I enjoy these two actors. I even gave Women's Murder Club a few extra viewings after Secor showed up in the pilot, but I didn't see him again after that. I guess if the strike landscape doesn't improve soon, I'll be looking to revive some other long-gone favorites and reminisce about what really excellent television looks like.
Answer: Both actors have done solid work since Homicide. Braugher was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the short-lived Gideon's Crossing and won another for the FX limited-series Thief, and Secor is always a welcome sight on an eclectic variety of shows (from Veronica Mars to Commander in Chief). But the blunt fact is that roles as rich as Bayliss and Pembleton are hard to come by. It's why I grieve every week as I watch Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler produce such exemplary work. The show's not over yet, and I hesitate to speculate on its uncertain future, but when will these underrated actors ever get roles again with such depth and nuance? Believe me, most actors know how lucky they are if they get even one iconic character to create and inhabit. Lightning has been known to strike twice, but it can take a while.