Elizabeths Perkins and McGovern -- what year is it?

154350__weeds_blog_l_1Until the fall TV season begins, the blogfather’s viewing has been limited to a little bit of Entourage, a little bit of Runway, and a little bit of weed, er, Weeds. Sunday night, however, I came across an odd little show called Three Moons Over Milford on ABC Family (admittedly not often my network of choice). It’s not particularly good, but here’s what stood out about it: Elizabeth Freakin’ McGovern is the star!

Remember Elizabeth McGovern? She was Kevin Bacon’s cutie-pie wife in She’s Having a Baby, and for a few years in the late ’80s, she snagged some A-list roles (Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America with De Niro and James Woods and Racing With the Moon with Sean Penn), and then pretty much promptly disappeared.

To the blogfather, however, she was best known as "the one who isn’t Elizabeth Perkins," who also snagged some A-list roles (About Last Night…, Big, He Said, She Said — incidentally, with Kevin Bacon) in the late ’80s, and then pretty much promptly disappeared. And now she’s back, as Mary Louise Parker’s acid-tongued sidekick on Weeds (pictured). Coincidence?

What’s next? A career resurgence for Ellen Barkin? (Oh, right.)

Which other ’80s face deserves a comeback?

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  • Brad in Edmonton

    Valerie Cherish.

  • bridget

    I love cheesy TV on ABC Family (Kyle XY and Falcon Beach, anyone), but even I had a hard time sitting through Three Moons over Milford. Milford is like the poor man’s Stars Hollow.

  • mike

    Wasn’t McGovern in Ordinary People?

  • bg 17

    Corin Nemec from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. I know he’s been working rather steadily since, but he needs a standout role in something notable.

  • bg 17

    Oops, my bad. I just visited the IMDb to check out Corin Nemec career, and realized that PLCL was a ’90’s show.

  • Ed

    Valerie Cherish, she was all the rage in the late 80’s with “I’m It”, then she just disappeard.

  • Ep sato

    Molly Ringwald. I really dug the red hair and felt she got a bad rap once “townies” became her comeback vehicle.

  • Beetle

    Great call on Corin Nemec. Loved him in Parker Lewis, and made a point of catching his run on Stargate SG-1 a few years back. He’s been in acting purgatory of late in SciFi Channel movies (“Hey! Mansquito!”), but the guy deserves better.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Irene Cara.

  • Bruno

    I would like to see Jasmine Guy again. She could do well on a show like Desperate Housewives.

  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    Jamie Gertz might be nice …

  • paige

    please don’t bring back jamie gertz… i really do hate her.

  • GeeMoney

    Corey Haim! Even though he’s completely wacked out on drugs, he sure was hot.
    Jamie Gertz is on Still Standing… she’s already back.

  • Ep sato

    Seems like the new trend is that you are hot for a decade, gone for another decade, then come back in some ironic role that reinvigorates your career. Observe:
    Travolta. Hot in the late 1970’s-EARLY 1980’s. Disapears until 1994, then has the role in Pulp Fiction.
    Neil Patrick Harris- Cool in the late 80’s-1993 or so. All but disapeared until Harold and Kumar go to White Castle in 2004.
    What does this mean for other 80’s stars? Your decade has arrived! Expect to see a lot more work with Jonnie Drama in the next few months.

  • Reuven Malter

    And Liz McGovern was nominated for an Oscar for Ragtime.

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