I was already thrilled with ABC's new show The Unusuals because Amber Tamblyn is one of the co-stars. The show has been described as a modern-day M*A*S*H. The Unusuals explores both the grounded drama and comic insanity of the world of New York City police detectives, where every cop has a secret. It also helps to have a twisted sense of humor, since every day could be your last.
I was really thrilled when I realized the very quirkly Adam Goldberg was playing the part of Detective Eric Delahoy. Adam has appeared in some incredible roles ranging from comedy to drama. Adam was Eddie from Friends, a hapless townie on My Name Is Earl and was beyond hilarious as a crazy producer on Entourage during the Medellin fiasco. He has been on ER and Medium.
Since 1992, after landing a career launching role in Richard Linklater's classic "Dazed and Confused," Goldberg has managed to bounce with ease between roles in blockbuster movies, Oscar winners and sleeper independent films.
He was a doomed soldier in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning "Saving Private Ryan," with Tom Hanks; a scientist classmate and friend of Russell Crowe's character in Ron Howard's Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind"; a slacker in Linklater's "Waking Life"; a zombie henchman of Christopher Walken's angel Gabriel in Gregory Widen's "The Prophecy"; the voice of a Jack Russell in George Miller's "Babe: Pig in the City"; a physicist in the Tony Scott thriller "Déjà Vu," opposite Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel.
Adam Goldberg also played the hero of Jonathan Kesselman's 'Jewsploitation' comedy, "The Hebrew Hammer"; a speed freak in D.J. Caruso's drug-noir "The Salton Sea," with Val Kilmer; Jack in the sleeper hit, "Two Days in Paris," opposite Julie Delpy; and he can also be seen in "Miss Nobody," opposite Leslie Bibb, "Untitled," opposite Marley Shelton, "Norman," with Dan Byrd and Richard Jenkins, and "From Within," with Thomas Dekker.
My favorites? I adored him on Deja Vu opposite Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel. He was amazing. I also loved him on Entourage. He was truly incredible.
Adam is a filmmaker in his own right, having written, directed, co-edited, produced and starred in his first film, "Scotch and Milk," which made its debut in 1998 at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and was featured on the Sundance Channel series "10 Best Films You May Never Have Seen."
He co-wrote and directed his second feature, "I Love Your Work," which was produced through his production company and released by Think Film in 2005. The film, starring Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci and Joshua Jackson, with cameos by Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello, is about the gradual meltdown of a fictional movie star.
Adam Goldberg also composed the film's original music with The Flaming Lips' drummer, Steven Drozd. In addition, he directed, co-edited and produced the comic documentary short, "Running with the Bulls," for the Independent Film Channel.
In March of 2009, Adam released an album of original songs under the moniker "Landy." The record was recorded over six years in several states and, in addition to Adam Goldberg, features such musicians as Steven Drozd and Aaron Espinoza, from the band Earlimart, with whom he mixed the record.
In the first episode of The Unusuals it is revealed that his "secret" is that he has a brain tumor and if he doesn't have it operated on, the doctors have promised him he will be dead in six months. He also has a habit where his eyes tear up and everyone thinks he is constantly crying. Finally, while working on a cat killer mystery he is forced to throw away a dead cat's liter box and he steps in front of a subway train zooming right for him. Somehow the train stops inches before it hits and kills him.
If the first episode with Adam and the rest of the cast is any indication, this show has some legs and will go far. Unfortunately some shows start off strong and slowly unwind. Lets hope this show only gets stronger.
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