With Plethora of Imported TV Stars, It’s Time for Talent Tariff

Alex O'Loughlin

What do Hollywood casting directors have against American actors?  Oh, sure, we’ve been seeing this explosion of Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, Irish folk and other English-speaking foreigners on U.S. primetime for several years now, but there hasn’t been any complaining out of fear the U.K would want to take back Hugh Laurie, and goodness knows nobody wanted that.

However, things have gone too far.  Now we have an Australian (Alex O’Loughlin) playing Steve McGarrett on CBS’s new “Hawaii Five-O,” for crying out loud.  Plus, there’s this 13 trillion-dollar national debt thing that makes even ludicrous revenue-generating ideas sound good.  So the time has come for Uncle Sam to make some money off this imported TV star phenomenon.  The time has come for a Talent tariff.

Piers Morgan

Think of the increasingly annoying Piers Morgan, for instance.  The arrogant Fleet Street tabloid editor — whose claims to fame include being fired in the wake of the revelation that Daily Mirror photos purportedly showing British troops mistreating Iraqi prisoners were faked.   Brighton-born Simon Cowell ordained Guildford-born Piers as his substitute (a.k.a. “the mean one”), when Simon himself was contractually prevented (“American Idol”) from being an “America’s Got Talent” judge — and America went along.    This proves America’s weakness toward believing anyone with a British accent is qualified for their job.   Now Morgan is the man who would be King, as in Larry King, as in being named as the new host of King’s 25-year-old CNN show.

This is not right.  If we have to take Piers Morgan, we should be making money on it — or at least, the British should have to take Perez Hilton in exchange.

Speaking of “America’s Got Talent,” there’s oh-so-much more to love about Piers’ London-born cohort Sharon Osbourne than him.  And yet, Ozzy’s purple-red-haired frau is nearing massive over-exposure with yet another gig, CBS’s yet-untitled daytime show for fall.  But let us not be irritated.  Let us be enriched.  Talent tariff, people!

There’s Australia’s Simon Baker, England’s Natascha McElhone and Ed Westwick, Scotland’s Kevin McKidd.  The list goes on and on.  Money, money, money.

And let’s not forget the growing South Asian/Indian contingent.  As “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kunal Nayyar declared to press at last week’s TCA panel in reference to himself, most of the cast of NBC’s new “Outsourced” and various other shows, “We are everywhere now…It doesn’t surprise me.  We are all really good-looking and talented, and I’m really happy that we continue to take over the world.”

Can you say, “Ka-ching”?!

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About Stacy Jenel Smith

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

5 thoughts on “With Plethora of Imported TV Stars, It’s Time for Talent Tariff

  1. Jackie

    I don’t care about any of these folks except Simon Baker. He deserves every
    dime that he makes. Gorgeous devil!!!

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  3. Chris

    Well I think it’s up to us, the fans to stop praising these foreign actors. O’Loughlin…over him. The only reason he’s on top is because of fans. US fans need to get behind US actors.

  4. Karen

    I’ll happily pick up the tariff for the brilliant and sexy Kevin McKidd (who really belongs on my movie screen anyway!) Best actor out there, regardless of nationality.

  5. Paula Walker

    Well of course Alex is on top because of his fans!! Without fans, celebs wouldn’t be celebs! Alex is talented, gorgeous, well trained in his craft AND the fact the he’s an Aussie is the icing on the cake! He gets work because he deserves to get work and that’s the way it should be.

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