A couple of days ago, Variety came out with a list of the highest paid TV stars, and Adam Scott was on it for his upcoming series Ghosted ($125K an episode), and I’m really happy about that because I like Adam Scott, and I want good things for him.
Here’s the trailer. It’s like a comedy X-Files. It looks OK, with a chance to be being pretty great once it settles in.
I also liked Adam Scott in Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation and, of course, Party Down.
But you know what? Adam Scott should stick to TV. Movies — with some limited exceptions (Krampus, sort of) — are not his thing, and I say this as someone who has seen a lot of Adam Scott movies, many of which most of the wider world has not seen: A.C.O.D., Friends with Kids, See Girl Run, Bachelorette (no, it wasn’t that good), and They Came Together. Also, the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel. I’m not saying Scott is bad in these movies, I’m just saying, he doesn’t seem to know how to pick ‘em. Like, some actors will choose movies based on the directors. I think Adam Scott chooses movies based on stoned friends who send him a script and ask him to star in his movie.
The latest is for Netflix. It’s called Little Evil. It comes from the writers behind Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and it features a decent cast (Evangeline Lilly, Donald Faison, among others). It looks supremely mediocre, in the way that Adam Scott movies always seem to look supremely mediocre, which is to say: I wouldn’t give them a second glance if not for the presence of Adam Scott.