Recently AARP news reported that television has quite a few shows featuring Boomer-aged actors/characters. From AMC’s Mad Men where the show’s timeline is currently revisiting the tumultuous Boomer-psychedelic year, 1968, and also stars Boomer-aged actors (Bobby Morse, John Slattery, et al “ad men”). To Breaking Bad, where protagonist Walter White (Brian Cranston), is now about 55, and his former nemesis Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) was near 60. Boomer-aged characters, and their actors, have become the most watched, and loved, on prime-time television. Here’s 10 Boomer-featured shows lined up for Fall 2013:
1. NCIS. Entering its 11th year on television, starring Mark Harmon, age 61, rated #1 dramatic show for 2012.
2. Mom. New this fall stars Allison Janney, 53 (remember her as C.J. Cregg on West Wing?) She plays a not-so-sober, impulsive grandmother who takes in her newly sober daughter and granddaughter. Mom focuses on reconciling generational differences and single-motherhood.
3. Brooklyn Ninety-Nine. New sitcom from Fox, stars Andre Braugher, 51, a veteran TV/film actor (Men of a Certain Age, Saturday Night Live) as an older police officer trying to discipline a hotshot young detective.
4. The Good Wife. Returning in its 5th season, this legal drama features 4-time Emmy nominated Boomer-age actress Christine Baranski, 61, as attorney Diane Lockhart and “Good Wife” boss.
5. Sean Saves the World. Remember Linda Lavin, the waitress from the hit 80’s show, Alice? Now 75, Lavin returns to television in this sitcom as the meddling mom of a single, gay dad: Sean Hayes (Will and Grace Co-star).
6. Homeland. Featuring Mandy Patinkin, 60, as the caring “father figure” mentor to younger CIA operatives in this award-winning TV drama.
7. Trophy Wife. Starring younger Boomers, Bradley Whitford (West Wing) and Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Damages, Newsroom), both age 53, as exes in this TV sitcom.
8. CSI. Returning in its 14th season, featuring Ted Danson, 65, in this cop-drama set in NYC.
9. The Crazy Ones. Finally, Robin Williams, 62, returns to television, in this sitcom of a legendary “ad man” running an agency with his daughter, Sarah Michelle Geller.
10. Blue Bloods. Returning, featuring Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck, 68, as the principled NYC police commissioner.