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Jennifer Aniston: Where should she go from here?

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Image Credit: David Gabber/Photorazzi/PR PhotosHere is something I can’t figure out: Why is Jennifer Aniston’s movie career not at least proportionally as huge as her tabloid allure? I mean this as a compliment. While I’m long, long, long over hearing about her breakup with Brad Pitt and subsequent lack of a love that satisfies the gossip-mongering masses, I never tire of watching the woman light up a screen. And as she’s done the rounds to promote The Switch the last few weeks, my longstanding affection for her has only been stoked once again. First came her public comments, in reference to The Switch‘s artificial insemination plot: “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child.” So wise! So true! So pro-woman! Then, after Bill O’Reilly called said comments “destructive to our society,” she fired back by saying that “for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly, I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.” Even wiser, truer, and more pro-woman.

Then she hit us with a less-controversial dose of charm when stopping by The Daily Show to reminisce about her awkward one-time date with Jon Stewart:

Am I the only one who would pay to watch this date? I didn’t know I could love a publicity tour until this one came along — but, alas, it ended with a whimper today: Blah box-office for The Switch (eighth place with $8.1 million).  But! One ray of hope! And a bright, shiny, funny one at that: Word is that Aniston will guest on fellow Friend Courteney Cox’s underappreciated ABC comedy Cougar Town in the show’s season premiere, playing Cox’s shrink.

This made me think: Is the answer for Aniston a return to TV in a leading role? Not that she isn’t doing just fine — I could be persuaded to be content with a life in which I starred in films with Jason Bateman and rocked a super-cute ponytail while making chummy appearances on The Daily Show. But I can’t help wanting more of the hilarious (and just darn good) actress Jennifer Aniston in our lives instead of the John Mayer-dating and Brad Pitt-divorcing tabloid figure Jennifer Aniston. My dream scenario: An edgy Showtime dramedy starring Aniston — she would kill at the funny-poignant stuff that goes on over there. Think Big C, Weeds, United States of Tara. Hell, it’s too bad she already did The Switch — that could’ve been a great TV premise instead.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you still rooting for Jennifer Aniston? What would you like to see her do next?

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