If there’s any song that’s the cultural ideal for Jeff Bridges to cover, it’s Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me.” One might have feared that Bridges might never escape the glorious slacker shadow of his role as The Dude in The Big Lebowski, but it’s clear that this is nothing to be concerned about. Not only is he the oldest person ever to receive the Oscar for Best Actor, but he has the cajones to promote his new album with a song that will be forever associated with his greatest cult-status film. That Oscar, by the way, was for Crazy Heart – the very movie that reinvigorated his career in music.
What’s wrong with T.V. these days? Is it lack of heart? Reality shows pandering to the lowest common denominator? The system where the squeakiest wheel gets the grease (or, as it were, viewers)? Well, Saturday night offered a new hypothesis. Believe it or not, in the 21st century, there are still shows that don’t feature a Jeff Bridges and Cookie Monster duet.