So I'm riding my bike home after running some errands, when I get a phone call from my girlfriend. She tells me that she was flipping channels when she heard my name on a TV show: ABC Family's "Kyle XY." I found the show when I got home and watched the last half hour or so of it.
I saw the commercials for Kyle XY when it first started, with the kid with no belly button, and thought it looked like a low-rent clone of "Smallville" and "Roswell." Being on ABC Family, I just assumed that it would have strong Christian overtones. Tuning in tonight, I see it's more like "Smallville" meets "The Secret World of Alex Mack," which doesn't really make me want to watch it (despite my love for "Smallville" and my childhood crush on Larisa Oleynik). And indeed, there is a character with my name.
Not that I'm not used to having a less-than-unique name. After all, I'm Tom Foss, Jr. which kind of kills the "unique name" right off the start. One of my dad's cousins shares that particular appellation, and I know there's at least one Tim Foss in the family. Most of the Google searches for "Tom Foss" turn up some comedian. So I'm not exactly broken up over the realization that my name isn't one-of-a-kind.
But, really, did they have to cast Nicholas Lea as the man with my name? Nicholas Lea, you may recall, played Alex "Ratboy" Krycek on "The X-Files." Now, there aren't many X-Files characters I actively hated (Is "Season 7 and up" a character?), but Krycek is one of them. Did they really have to give my role to Ratboy?
Honestly, "Kyle XY," what did I ever do to you?