Some of my very FAVORITE heads of hair are either languishing in TV soap hell…
…or (::bitter sob::) cancelled altogether.
So, given my extreme fondness for all things follicular, here’s the new crop of TV manes that won me over this year. They’re no Britton, but they’ll do.
Lucy Liu — “Elementary”: There are a lot of things I do not like about “Elementary.” Lucy Liu ain’t one of them. She is an absolute pleasure to watch and basically poetry in motion. Sorry Martin Freeman, she’s got the one advantage on you.
Keri Russell — “The Americans”: Felicity’s curls (cropped or otherwise) were certainly more famous, but Elizabeth Jenning’s Breck Girl look is glossy perfection. It’s really a shame how often she has to hide the light of that particular bushel under a wig.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell — “True Blood”: I’ve missed having this girl on my TV. The “Friday Night Lights” powerhouse is back and no longer tucking her hair under a an East Dillon cap.
Abigail Spencer — “Rectify”: The most fetishized body part on this gorgeous Sundance channel series was, quite rightly, Aden Young’s baby blues. But underestimate Spencer’s tresses at your peril.
Tatiana Maslany — “Orphan Black”: I know, I know, these are mostly wigs. But you have to give her some credit for wearing the hell out of them. Don’t worry, I can do better by “Orphan Black”…
Jordan Gavaris — “Orphan Black”: Heir apparent to the Ben Whishaw oil-slick crown.
Mindy Kaling — “The Mindy Project”: Mindy’s shiny curtain of hair was her crowning glory. That’s why all of this was so shockingly awesome.
Rachel Lefevre — “Under The Dome”: I know I should know this ginger peach from the Twilight franchise but given that I’ve tried desperately to block them from my memory, this is the first time I’ve really taken notice.
Robin Wright — “House Of Cards”: For someone who first made her indelible mark on our pop culture landscape with a toss of a long leonine mane, Robin Wright looked amazing in this crop. Few women could pull it off with such graceful, powerful magnetism.
Travis Fimmel — “Vikings”: Many folks have trouble distinguishing this fellow from Charlie Hunnam of “Sons Of Anarchy” fame. Well let the pseudo mohawk-mullet-tri-braid be your first tip.
Lara Jean Chorostecki — “Hannibal”: We have a winner. In a show packed to the gills with arresting images, Freddie Lounds’ corkscrew halo never failed to steal the show.