Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TV Meme: Day 30 - This is IT

Day 30 - Saddest character death

**Definitely spoilers**
Well, I'm going to come full circle on the saddest character death.  I still cry every time I rewatch the episodes in which he dies.  Yes, there are two because the actor died in real life BEFORE his character dies on the show, and we don't see his actual death, just know that he died.  Sometimes that's the hardest.   John Spencer played Leo McGarry for almost the entire series, and was nominated for the Emmy five times, winning once for supporting actor.  At the beginning of season 6, Leo has a heart attack in the woods at Camp David.  He recovers and CJ becomes the new chief of staff.  In a moment of life imitating art, John Spencer had a heart attack towards the end of season 7, and sadly passed away.  There's a memorial statement at the beginning of the episode the week he died, Martin Sheen does a short memorial speech.  Then the episode when Leo dies is the night of the presidential election, but halfway through the night.  Kristin Chenowith had been his assistant during the campaign, and is the one who finds him in a bathroom (off camera) and then we're told of his death.  He was a terrific actor and I love seeing him in older movies now.  RIP John Spencer (Leo McGarry).

This wraps up the 30 Day TV Meme.  It was actually kind of nice to have a set topic every day, but maybe more of a once a week, next time. To read the whole of the TV meme, check out the page at the top.  The shows involved have been as varied as I could make them: Defying Gravity, Royal Pains, Glee, The West Wing, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, Capria, Friends, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, Kate Plus Eight, Angels in America, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-list. 

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Whoo-hoo! It's done! Congrats on finishing the meme!