Well my darlings, the 06/07 television season comes to a close this Wednesday.
Let's take a moment for the year that was. Because we've been through a lot this season - deaths, drownings, break-ups, break-outs, explosions, explanations, make-ups, meltdowns, Mandy and Milo.
And through it all, we've been there for each other. Falling in love with "Friday Night Lights," realizing "30 Rock" had become a better show than we ever thought it could be, denying that "24" was having a very bad season until reaching the final stage of acceptance, defending "Lost" when everyone else had given up. You've seen me talk too much about "Grey's Anatomy" and not enough about "Supernatural." Yes, it's been quite a year.
I'll be here all summer long to talk about all the TV shows returning during the lazy, hazy days including "The Closer," "Kyle XY" and "The 4400." There will also new shows like "The Starter Wife" and "Heartland" (starring Treat Williams). And not to mention the fact that the new shows for next fall have already started arriving at my doorstep. We also have the Amy Awards - where you pick the categories, the nominees and the winners - and much much more to talk about during the next four months.
But let's have one final look at what's happening this week.
"24" (Monday at 8 p.m. on FOX): Well I want to double down on my theory that Jack will die in the season finale. FOX keeps promising a big change to the show next season. Hmmmm, could the final Jack attack of the season be his last? I don't know how the show would do without Jack but I do know he's become far too much of a caricature of himself to continue as is. Thank goodness Bill Buchanan returns this week. As my friend said, seeing Bill in the previews was the best part of last week's episode.
"Heroes" (Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC): The finale promises to kick off the second season entitled "Generations," feature game-changing final minutes and, of course, some fatalities. I won't say more than that but I want Matt to read my mind and live. Live!
Veronica Mars (Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the CW): No, I'm not ready to talk about the fact that "Veronica Mars" wasn't picked up for next season. I'm in denial. I'm quite comfortable there and I may stay here for awhile because right now a world without Logan is unfathomable. I haven't watched last week's episode because I want to cling to the final three hours of "Veronica Mars." Kind of like Christmas when I was younger and I would save a present to open. Seven of the pilots I talked about in my April 23 column were picked up, so the networks obviously listen to me. Why couldn't they listen to me about "Veronica Mars?" Boooo.
"Dancing with the Stars" (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on ABC): I was sad to see Ian Ziering go, but I did want to take this opportunity to let you know that I'm rooting for Joey Fatone and that I will now drink Diet Pepsi exclusively since they have a "90210" commercial. I know you'll understand.
"Lost" (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC): Honestly ,I can't wait to see it, but I'm too stressed out to talk about it.
What shows are you most looking forward to this week? Write me and let me know.
Thursday Night Finales
Next week I'll have my big finale wrap-up. But I couldn't wait to talk about "The Office" and "Grey's Anatomy."
"The Office": While I love Pam's confidence, Jim's realization that he wants to be with Pam (at least I think that's what Jim realized, don't you?) and the fact that even though I'm rooting for Pam, I still think Karen is awesome, I'm so disheartened by what's become of Jan. I'm not sure why they went in the "she's crazy" direction. She was great when she was an exasperated boss attracted to Michael against her will. But as a lovesick incompetent who got some serious plastic surgery, she's not nearly as entertaining. What do you think?
"Grey's Anatomy": Well I've got to hand it to Sandra Oh because damn that woman can act. Like the ever-fabulous Felicity Huffman, Oh can shine no matter what her surroundings and script. The final moments when she realized she was free but now that she was she didn't want to be were heart-wrenching and so believable. As for the rest of it, I still don't believe Izzy is in love with George. And I've had it with the doctors falling in love with patients. But my biggest complaint may remain that I don't expect TV shows to be real but on "Grey's" they really don't act even remotely real. Who is doing surgery on the day of their wedding? Who gets married the day after a major exam? Can no one take a day off? And everyone just gives everyone speeches. Even Addison did it when she gave Alex the whole "you only get so many chances to be happy" speech.
What did you think of the finales of "The Office" and "Grey's Anatomy?" Write me and let me know.
Quotes of the Week
"Tell people what?" Barney to Robin and Ted on "How I Met Your Mother." Thanks to Kathie and Sarah who were the first to submit this week's most popular quote.
"This is like the twelfth most scared I've ever been that someone was pregnant." Once again Barney on "How I Met Your Mother." Thanks to Tracy for the quote.
"1996, that is a little dusty," Eric upon finding the atlas for the road trip on the series finale of "7th Heaven." Of course, "7th Heaven" premiered in 1996. Thanks to Anthony for the quote.
"What if you tie the knot in a month and realize that you miss Ian and Mike misses the coma." Gabby trying to convince Susan not to get married on her wedding day on "Desperate Housewives."
"Mom, you've given me everything I need." Rory to Lorelai on the series finale of "Gilmore Girls." Let the record reflect that I cried from the very beginning of the episode to the very end. It was quite cathartic. Thanks to Annie for the quote.
"We're a tight family. Kind of like a vice." Tommy to the doctor on "Brothers & Sisters." Thanks to Stewart for the quote.
"For the record, I'm not embarrassed at all. It needed to be said and I said it and it only took me three years to summon the courage." Pam about her speech to Jim on "The Office."
"I think you should stick with the decent guy." Alex to Ava on "Grey's Anatomy."
"You are such a chick flick. I would totally pay $12.00 to see you." Diane to Betty on "Ugly Betty." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
"Hey, everyone, Betty's in heat." Amanda after walking in on Betty and Henry on "Ugly Betty." Thanks to Cindi for the quote.
"This time art made science her bitch." Angela to Bones on "Bones." Thanks to Barry for the quote.
"My fiancee is effacing with a bastard so get me a friggin' priest." Brad to Claire on "Boson Legal." Thanks to Rishi for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Do you think "Grey's Anatomy" is a little in love with "Friday Night Lights?" First, they bring back Kyle Chandler. And then Kevin Rankin, who plays Herc on "Friday Night Lights," pops up as the frost-bitten hiker who left his friend to die on the mountain. Rankin was also Lucien the R.A. on "Undeclared" and Tara's brother on "Buffy." Aasha Davis who plays Smash's girlfriend Waverly, was the woman pregnant with the twins Joe wanted to adopt. She also played Chelsea on "South of Nowhere."
That was Jason London playing Rebecca/Ava's husband on "Grey's Anatomy." Jason was Bobby on "Wildfire," Randall in "Dazed and Confused," and is the twin brother of Jeremy London, who played Griffin on "Party of Five."
DJ recognized Chlyer Leigh, Carla on "Reunion," Claire on "The Practice," and Sarah on "Girls Club," was Lexy Gray, Meredith's half-sister and the girl that flirted with McDreamy on "Grey's Anatomy." However all this week's bonus points go to TV Gal reader Julie, who immediately emailed me last week to predict that she thought the girl Derek met in the bar was Meredith's half-sister. Good work by you Julie.
Diane recognized Kali Rocha, who plays Dr. Sydney Heron on "Grey's Anatomy" and Halfrek on "Buffy," was the lady with the duck on "Boston Legal."
DJ recognized Tracy Middendorf as Bonnie one of the women holding Charlie hostage in the underwater hatch on "Lost." So as I pull Middendorf out of my "so deserves her own show" file, let me remind you that she has been on "Shark" and "Without a Trace" this season. She has also had guest appearances on "House," "Alias," "The Practice," and was Carla on the second season of "24." And I know you remember that all those years ago, she was Laura Kingman on "90210." Michelle recognized Lana Parilla, Nina on "Windfall," Sarah on "24," and Teresa on "Boomtown," as the other guard in the station on "Lost."
William Ragsdale was the marriage counselor Tom sprung on Lynette on "Desperate Housewives." Ragsdale is best known as Herman from "Herman's Head."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for May 21 to 27
The big question isn't whether Jordin Sparks is your next American Idol. The big question is did the songwriting contest actually yield a decent single for the winner's first release? What will Sanjaya's hair look like? Who will be the big celebrity surprise (please let it be Madonna). Don't forget to tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m.
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," perhaps last season's most high profile failure, returns to the schedule to burn off unaired episodes Thursday at 10 p.m. on NBC. I'll watch but I think it will just make me miss the show more.
If you missed how "Ugly Betty" began, ABC repeats the pilot episode Thursday at 8 p.m. I'll talk about the season finale next week.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with my season and series finale wrap-up. And to process in full the new Fall 07 line up. Plus I'll have a review of "The Starter Wife." And don't forget, coming June the annual Amy Awards where you pick the categories, you pick the nominees and you pick the winners. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at email@example.com.