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Where have you gone, Vinny Barbarino?

January 9, 2014 - Paul Giannamore
In watching TV Land the past few days, viewers have been treated to repeated airings of an ad for the show “Kirstie” which has a home-run cast featuring Kirstie Alley, Rhea Pearlman and Michael “Cosmo Kramer” Richards.

A funny show with some potential.

Except the ad rendered the show unwatchable because frankly, guest star John Travolta’s head and face looked to have been computer generated and stuck on his body.

Or, as The Boss (at Home) said, it looked as if at the least his hair was spray painted on.

I would contend Travolta and other stars (hey, Kenny Rogers, why, man? Why?) who are going overboard on the plastic surgery are creating a whole new class of people that will drive our compassion in the future: The remodeled.

A little Botox forehead among the stars is one thing (why can’t we face wrinkled foreheads and just wiggle those eyebrows), but a total CGI head is another issue.

Alley looks great, despite her ongoing yo-yo battles with weight. Pearlman looks about like she did when she was battling Danny DeVito on “Taxi” 35 years ago. And Richards is, well, Michael Richards. A good thing for a funny man.

But when I’m looking for entertainment, I don’t want to have to summon inner strength and compassion to look at a star who has chosen to look the way he does. It’s not about looking past scars from an accident or illness to the greatness within. It’s about looking at vanity, a sort of new-era Joan Rivers thing.

Barbarino, we long to see your face again.


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