Dear Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards Committee,
I am writing to inform you that you've made a huge oversight in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category this year. While I am sure the gentleman from Breaking Bad, Mad Men, True Detective, and House of Cards were terrific, they could never match the incredible breadth of work performed by Dean McDermott from True Tori this year. It's one thing to pretend you are a meth dealer or a dishonest Republican congressman, but the commitment it takes to cheat on the daughter of Aaron Spelling on a reality show is a whole other ballgame. That is straight up Actor's Studio quality. Dean McDermott took Lifetime Network viewers on an emotional roller coaster as he navigated the rough waters of reality television marital destruction. The other nominees had a team of writers. Deano just had his large caveman head with his sweaty body perm and soap opera reactions. You want melodramatic realness? You could have been tuning in every Tuesday at 8/7c. For example:
When pushed in his rental home kitchen by his former mistress and now wife about how his careless attitude toward ruining her trust: “Inside I feel like a rotten, twisted tree and all the leaves are dead off it.”
To their marriage therapist who secretly asked herself what has become of her life: “It’s not like I was looking for sex or I was horny or anything — T and I, our relationship, our sex life is solid —I have a brain that wants to kill me. I have a brain that wants me dead.”
In a revealing moment about his inability to be satisfied by the women who pushed his four kids out of her body. "I'm insatiable. Sex was an escape, just like drugs and alcohol….We would have sex once every two weeks. It wasn't fantastic."
In what will undoubtedly be seen as one of the most romantic moments in television history Dean performed a song in a neighbor's backyard with the help of a friend and his guitar. "Broken trust for a dance with lust / Heartache and sorrow's the proof," he sang. "I'm sorry forever / It's never enough / The pain I would take sets you free / You're the one thing for certain that I've ever loved / And the one thing I can't go without."
And then his nail polish covered fingers wrapped their way around hers and then looked at each other with the confidence that there could be another season. So, yeah, you guys messed up.
- Kate Casey
* Kate Casey is a Pop Culture Lover. PR Pro. Soon-to-be New mom again. Comedy nerd. Celebrity gossip fan. Follow her on Twitter @KateCasey