I like The Pretender. I started watching it the night of the premier because I had the house all to myself and the premise sounded fascinating: A man who can be anyone! What's not to like? Apparently NOTHING...

I have converted my SO the Pretender fandom!!! TNT is showing the episodes and even though I'm at work till it's over my BF insists I tape the eps so he can watch them. He really likes Miss Parker's legs, but says he couldn't stand her as a person because she is such a BITCH (and we lover her for it!).

That NBC has cancelled the show and IN SUCH A CLIFFHANGER WAY is heart-rending. I have a foster sister (see below) who, unable due to family contrariness, was unable to watch used to call me every weekend to see what had happened to Jarod and Miss Parker. She actually had a crush on Broots! (Of course she drooled with the rest of us over Jarod.)

I converted one of my foster sisters before I left -- Sarah Fountain is now enamored of Michael T. Weiss, and cheered with me while watching the videos I have of the eps for Ms. Parker to get just a littlemore bitchy!!! She went home one weekend to visit her family and was sorely disappointed that The Pretender wasn't on--she wanted to try to convert her mom, sister and two brothers!

Did everyone try the Ms. Parker recipe that was in the TV Guide? Well Here IT IS!!!

Andrea Parker's Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 1 cup packaged stuffing
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian bread crumbs

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Fill mushroom caps with stuffing and oil. In a mixing bowl, combine tomato sauce, chicken stock, parsley and garlic. Pour mixture into shallow baking dish. Place mushrroms in dish and sprinkle tops with cheese and bread crumbs. Bake 15 minutes; remove from sauce (some will be absorbed by mushrooms).

    Serves 4

    When Andrea Parker first read the role of Miss Parker, the villainous vamp on NBC's The Pretender, "I realized that my name was all over it," shesays with a laugh. "It's a total coincidence that we had the same name, but I wasdrawn to her like a magnet -- the way she was describes as a chain-smoking, condescending, impatient, sarcastic, consummate professional sounded so apppealing. she is so the opposite of me. I smell the flowers; she stomps on them."

    That being the case, it's no wonder the California-born actress is concerned about nutrition. "Playing my character is very physically demanding," she says. "Believeme, it's all that I can do to keep up with Miss Parker -- kicking down doors and driving like a bat out of hell in six-inch stilettos."

    Yet for all of their differences, Parker admits there are days when she can empathize with her television counterpart. "Her personality may not be who I am on a dailybasis," says the actress, "but when I'm stuck in traffic, I'm mising an important appointment, my hair won't go right, and I've ust been cut off, I could rip somebody's face off in a heartbeat. In that moment, magnify that to be all that I am when I'm on the set and in the scene, I am Miss Parker."

  • Jarod Kash's Pretender site
  • Justin McChesney's Pretender page
  • Randi's Pretender Playground
  • The REDFiles
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