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A Man-Crush Will Only Get You So Far

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 1, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 1, 2010 |

I have no earthly idea what my fascination is with Scott Foley. Yes. It’s undoubtedly a “Felicity,” thing, but but while I’ve more or less kept up with all the other cast members from the show, I’ve not really gone out of my way to watch something I know is bad because one of those members of the cast was in it. Except Scott Foley. I have seen everything he’s done since “Felicity” went off the air, including “A.U.S.A.,” only one of two episodes I’ve ever seen of “House,” every episode of him on “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town,” (not that I wouldn’t have watched them already), the entire series run of “The Unit” (which is an amazing, under-appreciated show), and even that episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”

There’s something weirdly compelling about the guy, and I can’t quite place it. He was married briefly to Jennifer Garner, and he’s considered by those who work with him unyieldingly professional. But he otherwise, he has almost no celebrity presence (I just found out today that the woman above is his girlfriend). How cool is the lack of presence? It’s been kind of the same way with all the “Felicity” cast members. I think that’s probably what I like about Foley so much. He’s a blue-collar actor who happens to have a slightly higher profile. He just seems like a really decent, mid-Western guy. A really good person. I like good people.

But I’m not following him to “Grey’s Anatomy.” I’m sorry. I can’t do it.

He’s set to appear as a recurring character — a patient and a love interest to another character of which I’m not familiar (Kim Raver’s Iraqi veteran Dr. Teddy Altman — her name is Teddy? Really?) Word from Deadline, too, is that there’s a possibility it could turn into a series’ regular role. So, good for Scott Foley. I’m glad you’re getting paid. But I’m still not watching “Grey’s Anatomy.”

(Seriously, though: When he starts, will someone keep me apprised of how well he’s doing? It wouldn’t hurt to take a peek every once in a while, right?)

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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