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Will & Grace Character Review: Vince D’Angelo

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series Will & Grace. Read at your own risk if you have not watched either the previous series or the new series. For the purpose of this post, I am only referring the narratives in the original series, not the reboot.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Will & Grace to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

When it comes to love, fate often sends us the right person when we are not looking for them. In Will & Grace, the right person for Will Truman (Eric McCormack) is Vince D’Angelo (Bobby Cannavale). They meet when Will is giving Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) driving lessons and Vince, who is a cop, pulls them over for speeding. When Will notices that the ticket was not signed, he goes to court to have it thrown out. Vince is also in the courtroom and after exchanging names, both realize friends have been trying to set them up for a while. While Will has had other boyfriends since his breakup with Michael at the beginning of the first series, Vince is the first guy Will seriously went out with.

Despite the initial impression of the macho Italian-American New York City cop, Vince is really a softie. He is a romantic, enjoys crafting in his free time and is conscious about about making sure that his hair and skin are flawless. Though Will and Vince had their ups and downs, they eventually settled down into a happy marriage.

To sum it up: Love comes for Will Truman when he least expects it. While Vince has his imperfections like the rest of us, he is the right person for Will. When creating a love story, sometimes the writer has to let fate guide their character to their other half. It may take some time, but hopefully, the character will be able to see that this is the person they are meant to be with.

This ends my character review for Will & Grace. The new group of characters I will be reviewing is….you will have to come back in two weeks.

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Throwback Thursday-Supernanny (2005-2011)

Anyone who has ever been a parent will tell you that it is the most difficult and rewarding job that anyone can undertake. They may also tell you that there is no manual that comes with a newborn.

Supernanny premiered in the UK in the summer of 2004. Nearly a year later, in the spring of 2005, Supernanny made it’s US television premiere. Jo Frost was the star of the show. A professional nanny by trade for nearly 30 years, Jo’s job on the show is to help parents who are struggling with the various aspects of raising their child or children.

As a viewer, the show, like many reality shows, is like car wreck on the highway. You need to focus on the road, but you still turn your head to look at the wreckage. While no one is perfect, especially as a parent, I have to question if what I am watching is real or faked for 15 minutes of fame.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

 

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Throwback Thursday-Roman Holiday (1953)

As glamorous being a member of a royal family can seem like, it can also feel constricting.

In the 1953 film, Roman Holiday, Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is a Princess on a tour of Europe. Her current stop is in Rome. She yearns to for an opportunity to be normal for once. Pretending to be sick, she sneaks away from her royal chaperones. Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) is an American journalist who gives Ann the opportunity to be normal, while using their time together to get the ultimate scoop. They fall in love, but can they be together?

If there was a list of definitive and timeless romantic comedies, Roman Holiday would be high up on the list. Not only was it Audrey Hepburn’s film debut, but it is funny, charming and romantic without falling into the easy cliches of the genre.

I absolutely recommend it.

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