It started simply enough: I saw a post in Google Reader about Justified, a new TV show. I tweeted:
I thought the new TV show “Justified” was a typography drama.
Then I got in a flow.
“Justified” stars William Ragsdale as Cooper Courier, a typographer who solves mysteries by inspecting typefaces.
On the pilot, Cooper faces his old nemesis C. McSans… and a MURDER! (Come on, you’d watch that.)
Followed by the inevitable one-liners from the show.
“He used Times New Roman in his ransom note… We’re dealing with an amateur here!”
Cooper: “I take my coffee black.”
“This newspaper article is a forgery; no newspaper in their right mind would use Arial for copy.”
“I don’t care if she’s in trouble! This kerning is terrible and must be stopped!”
In case you’re wondering - and you shouldn’t be - William Ragsdale is perhaps best known for his role as Herman on Herman’s Head (nee Inside Herman’s Head), the seminal 80s Fox sitcom.
The hilarious part? When I posted him as the star, I pulled his name out of thin air. I had no idea he actually is a star on Justified! I’m glad the casting agent agreed with my decision.
Watch for Justified on NBC next fall. And, uh, I guess the real one on some network now.