Ellen Burstyn (Ellen) and Elaine Stritch (Sydney) made for a terrific show. I still remember one of the best lines I ever heard on TV. Sydney came rushing in and Ellen said to her, "I can't talk now, I'm teaching class." To which Sydney replied in her gravelly voice, "That's silly. You can't teach class. You've either got it or you don't!" That simple exchange between two wonderful actors has kept me giggling for all these years. Elaine Stritch is such a wonderful character, even as herself. And Ellen Burstyn gets better with age. If people would give her the credit she deserves for great comedic timing and theatrical professionalism, and someone would develop a series for her, there is a growing element of the country calling out for quality. Actors like Burstyn, Stritch, et al. would be a marvelous addition to what is becoming what Marshal McLuhan once called the "vast wasteland" of television. The "Ellen Burstyn Show" was creative, well-acted, and uproariously funny in a very subtle sense. I'm surprised studios don't have people begging for shows which make the viewer think. Or would that bee too much to ask? One can't say enough about marvelous actors like Mss. Burstyn and Stritch. There are others too who, unfortunately, are equally ans wonderful, but no one is writing for them. Is there an automatic cut-off of, say, 40? I think Geena Davis proved she could carry a show. Let's get some of that generation on television!
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