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Talk about a bizarre Halloween coincidence. Only hours ago, we posted our first story about dwarves. Now we realize that tonight, Halloween, the goblins behind network programming have wound up in a spooky standoff. The treat: two series are running romantic storylines built around little people. Dwarves. The trick: both are airing at 10 pm tonight.
Big business. Small world.On Boston Legal, William Shatner‘s politically incorrect lawyer Denny Crane gets down with a 4-foot-3 attorney nicknamed “The Badger” (because of her habit of biting people who get on her bad side). There are many rude “midget jokes” as his affection for the smaller woman is played for laughs.
Simultaneously, over at Nip/Tuck, a more poignant scene plays out as Sean’s wife Julia (Joely Richardson) falls for, and has sex with, her disabled baby’s her “manny,” played by the great Peter Dinklage, who made such a strong impression in Elf (and since this is FX sex, we wonder if he’ll go up on her).
Two fine actors of small stature both featured in major prime time series, both treated as sexually attractive individuals, both showcased on Halloween night, both airing at the same time. One features a woman, one a man; one a comedy, the other a drama. Even weirder? Both series are produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
(LATE CORRECTION: Nip/Tuck, The “FX Original Drama Series,” is produced by Warner Brothers. But the show appears on a Fox network, so we’ll still get chills from the weird connection. And don’t forget to set the video recorder for Conan’s Skelevision episode tonight.)