“My So-Called Life” and Claire Danes return to TV


Break out the flannel and have yourself a time. My So-Called Life will start airing on the Sundance Channel. The much-loved, short-lived series about teenage life and other disasters will begin airing reruns of the show’s one and only season starting April 25.

The series will air Mondays at 11 p.m. on Sunday, which makes it the perfect nightcap/nostalgia hour for those of us who fondly remember Angela Chase’s Manic Panic–stained days of flannel and angst.

Former MSCL star and out actor Wilson Cruz, the original Kurt Hummel, Tweeted his thoughts on the ‘90s cult series returning to the screen. I still, to this day, wish Rickie Vasquez and I were friends.

Not only did the series give a nuanced portrayal of teen life, but it touched on everything from gay issues to body image. In short, this show was fantastic. Also, and you know I’m right about this, had Angela and Rayanne gone to college together, they would have totally ended up hooking up. Just once, but for sure. “You’re so beautiful, it hurts to look at you.”

Speaking of Angela, Claire Danes has just landed a new Showtime CIA drama, Homeland. Described as a “psychological thriller,” it follows Danes’ Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent “battling her own demons” and becomes convinced of a government conspiracy. It also stars Damian Lewis (formerly of Life), as a rescued U.S. soldier who had been missing and presumed deal for nine years, and Mandy Patinkin (Criminal Minds) as a veteran CIA Division Chief and Anderson’s boss. The one-hour series has been picked up this for 12 episodes.

I’m not going to lie, I never ever envisioned Angela Chase joining the CIA. I pictured her becoming a liberal arts college professor. Or a writer. Or my future wife.

So, will you be watching My So-Called Life return to TV? Will you check out Danes’ new CIA show? Even though I own two separate complete boxsets, I’ll be there April 25 ready to have a time, one more time.

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