Pay no attention to the man in the photo. Well, that’s usually the case, anyway.
You likely don’t recognize his face because he typically is the man behind the proverbial curtain, but trust me when I tell you that Graham Yost has had a hell of a TV season, and that’s why he’s the No. 9 choice in our countdown of the Top 10 Canadians of the 2009-10 TV season.
10. Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”)
The 50-year-old Toronto native snuck up on everyone by giving FX its latest bona fide hit in “Justified” midseason. The testosterone-fueled cop drama stars Timothy Olyphant as a U.S. marshal reassigned from beautiful Miami to his old stomping grounds of Kentucky.
It received “universal acclaim,” with most TV critics roundly praising the show, on metacritic.com. Matt Roush of TV Guide called “Justified” “the best new series, network or cable, of the midseason,” and Jonathan Storm of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that it is “an instant entrant in the best-new-show sweepstakes in a TV season that already has several solid candidates.”
If that wasn’t enough, Yost also co-wrote and directed an episode of the HBO miniseries, “The Pacific,” which also won universal acclaim and is sure to rake in some awards later this year.
Without giving away too much, I’ll tell you now that Yost’s contribution to fine television this season earns him the distinction of being the only “behind-the-camera” personality on our Top 10 list.
If you’re into watching tremendous TV, check out the season finale of “Justified” here: