Oh, please. It’s not just Costner, who I’ll grant is on the down side of his career. Consider the roster of big-screen stars who have crossed over to TV in recent years: Glenn Close ( Damages), Dustin Hoffman ( Luck), Don Cheadle ( House of Lies), Anjelica Huston ( Smash), Jessica Lange ( American Horror Story), Steve Buscemi ( Boardwalk Empire), Nick Nolte ( Luck), Holly Hunter ( Saving Grace), Ashley Judd ( Missing), Alec Baldwin ( 30 Rock), Laura Dern ( Enlightened), Laura Linney ( The Big C), Maria Bello ( Prime Suspect) — and that’s just movie stars who’ve chosen to appear in series. There’s also numerous feature-film actors, from Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in Hemingway and Gellhorn to Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, who’ve decided that the best available script at a certain moment in their careers was for a TV movie or mini-series.
If the actors who make movies and TV shows think the small screen is the place to be, it’s kind of hard to argue.