I think I may have a new favourite character on television. Now that Swearingen and Deadwood are no longer giving us new episodes, and the sheen on Dwight from The Office is starting to wear off a bit due to familiarity, I think my new fave is Kenneth, the NBC page on 30 Rock.
Every time he shows up (he’s a minor recurring character), my heart grows four times its normal size. I am awe-struck and inspired by his approach to life and to his work ethic. When I first started watching the show, I kind of discounted him as a jokey mat that others would walk over and abuse. He was going to be *that* character, I thought. But over the season, he’s proven to be a very positive character. He doesn’t do the things he’s asked to do out of any lack of self-importance. He does those things because he truly loves his job and want to do it to the best of his abilities.
No doubt other characters take advantage of his open-ness. But the great thing is that his perception of the menial and sometimes degrading or dangerous things he does is that they are a necessary part of his job. His job is to serve, and no matter what that service entails, he does is with a totally open mind and positive attitude.
He chooses to be happy. Despite the things he has to do. I like that. I like that very much.