Back on April 23rd, I wrote about Jeremy London, and this week he’s back in the news. It’s not good news, unfortunately. While changing a tire in Palm Springs on June 10th, London claims he was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive around for hours doing drugs before finally escaping. An arrest has been made, but the young man says he’s innocent. Who are you going to believe?
Jeremy London has been struggling with drug problems and undergoes regular drug testing in a custody battle for his child. Some believe he invented this story to explain the drugs that will now be found in his system. The similarities between his story and a plotline on Six Feet Under have also been noted. If London is lying to cover a relapse, then a young man (who’s probably no saint but also probably doesn’t deserve to have his life ruined) has been falsely arrested and charged with a lot of serious crimes. If London is telling the truth, a bizarre truth, then he must be hurt that his story is being met with so much scepticism.
There is both good news and bad news regarding two of my favorite TV shows, NCIS and Criminal Minds on CBS.
On NCIS, key members of the cast have been renegotiating their contracts. It was kind of scary when Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette were all going into the summer without signed contracts. Now only Sean Murray is unsigned, and he’s expected to work things out with CBS. This means the show will come back in fall with everybody in place. I just hope the new season will be stronger than this last one, and that they get rid of the annoying lady lawyer.
UPDATE: And now Sean Murray has signed a new contract, too!
I’ve mentioned before how much I like Matthew Gray Gubler, the skinny young genius on Criminal Minds. I watch the TV show because of him, even though I often find it very disturbing. I wish the people behind Criminal Minds understood that people like me watch the show for the cast and not for the stories. Then perhaps they wouldn’t make crazy decisions like this latest one, to drop A.J. Cook from the cast and to reduce Paget Brewster’s role to occasional appearances. What are they thinking? The females on this show help to balance the harshness of the storylines. Since the victims of the serial crimes portrayed are most often women, it’s empowering to see women help to solve the crimes and catch the bad guys. I believe CBS will regret trying to fix a show that doesn’t need fixing.