It was the best of times and, heaven knows, it was the worst of times.
But we can't start off 2007 on a negative note, now can we? A look back at the best of 2006:
Best Bad Boy: If loving Josh Holloway as Sawyer on "Lost" is wrong, I don't want to be right.
Best Bad Boy, Teen Edition: Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins on "Friday Night Lights." The boy so needs to invest a good shampoo, but I'm willing to let that go.
Best Bad Boy, College Edition: Sigh. Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls on "Veronica Mars."
Best Good Detective: Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda on "The Closer."
Best Friends: Let's hug it out with the boys of "Entourage."
Best Sidekick: Neil Patrick Harris as Swarley, I mean Barney, on "How I Met Your Mother."
Best Brother: Ethan Suplee as Randy on "My Name Is Earl."
Best Reasons to Still Be Upset About a Show Cancellation: "Everwood" and "Arrested Development."
Best First 10 Minutes of a Season: President Palmer dies on "24."
Best Reason to Miss a Character: Teddy Dunn as Duncan on "Veronica Mars."
Best Reason to Blink and Miss It Comedy: "Teachers"
Best Reason to Blink and Miss It Drama: "South Beach"
Best Place for Star Trek Reunion: "Boston Legal"
Best Creepy Character: Michael Emerson as Henry Gale/Ben on "Lost."
Best Inappropriate Sexual Tension: Cameron and House on "House."
Best Neighbor: Sally Struthers as Babette on "Gilmore Girls."
Best Bad Comedy: "The Class"
Best Unrequited Love: Still Jim and Pam on "The Office."
Best Cast Addition to an Existing Show, Female: Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres on "Grey's Anatomy."
Best Reason to Use a Different Actor in a New Role: James Jordan, who played both TA Tim Foyle and janitor Lucky on "Veronica Mars."
Best Cast Addition to an Existing Show, Male: Ed Helms as Andy on "The Office."
Best New Catchphrase: "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World"
Best Proof that a Show Shouldn't Stick With Original Casting: We'll never know how Betty Buckley and Jonathan LaPaglia were on "Brothers & Sisters," but we do know Sally Field and Matthew Rhys are fabulous.
Best Comic Relief: Masi Oka as Hiro on "Heroes."
Best Example of a Sophomore Slump: "Prison Break"
Best Example That a Sophomore Slump Doesn't Have to Happen: "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Best Proof That Child Actors Can Have Adult Success: Mackenzie Astin on "House," "Justice" and "Pepper Dennis."
Best Codependent Boss Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade on "Ugly Betty."
Best Revival of a Character (Kind of): Rob Lowe as Sen. Robert McAllister on "Brothers & Sisters" -- a name we first heard on "Jack & Bobby."
Best Ubiquitous Guest Star, Male: Paul Schluze, who appeared on the following shows in 2006: "Justice," "The Closer," "Standoff," "Shark," "CSI," "The Sopranos," "NCIS" and "Cold Case."
Best Ubiquitous Guest Star, Female: Jane Lynch, who appeared on the following shows in 2006: "Desperate Housewives," "The L Word," "Lovespring International," "Criminal Minds," "Boston Legal," "Two and a Half Men" and "Help Me Help You."
Best Character We Want to Return: Marjorie on "What About Brian."
Best Ex-Husband: Clark Gregg as Richard on "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
Best Ex-Wife: Jamie Pressly as Joy on "My Name Is Earl."
Best Nerd: Tina Majorino as Mac on "Veronica Mars."
Best Replacement for Andy Sipowicz: Tommy on "Rescue Me."
Best Spoofing of Yourself: Seth Green on "Entourage."
Best Kept Secret: Sara and Grissom on "CSI."
Best Return to TV: John Stamos on "ER."
Best Bad Hook-up: Meredith and George on "Grey's Anatomy."
Best Time to Pay Your Bills While Watching TV: "Desperate Housewives."
Best Recurring Character, Male: Wallace Langham, who always makes the most out of his scenes as David Hodges on "CSI."
Best Recurring Character, Female: Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson on "The Office."
Best Proof That You Don't Have to Care About a Subject Matter to Care About a Show: "Project Runway"
Best Proof That It's Okay to Basically Play the Same Character on a Brand New Series: Bradley Whitford on "Studio 60."
Best Proof That It's Okay to Play the Same Character When You Guest Star on Two Different Shows: Forrest Whitaker played a man on the verge on both "The Shield" and "ER." He even employed the same ploy of innocently befriending the wife to get to the husband.
Best Brothers: Kevin, Justin and Tommy on "Brothers & Sisters."
Best Kiss, Cable Series: Conrad and Nancy on "Weeds."
Best Kiss, Network Series: Jim and Pam on "The Office."
Best Descent From Sexy to Sinister: Martin Donovan as Peter Scottson on "Weeds."
Best New-to-TV Star: Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock."
Best Proof That All TV shows Can Make a Comeback: "The O.C."
Best Proof That All Good Things Must Come to an End: "The O.C."
Best Night of Television: Thursday
Best Reason to Get Basic Cable: "The Closer"
Best Reason to Get HBO: "Entourage"
Best Unlikely Romance: Ryan and Taylor on "The O.C."
Best Sound of a Phone Ringing: As always, "24."
Best Annoying Co-Worker: Chloe
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Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Jan. 8 to 14
I haven't been the biggest fan of ABC Family series in the past, so I'm happy to report that I really liked "Lincoln Heights," which premieres Monday at 7 p.m. The show is refreshingly honest and doesn't go for the easy solution in its story telling.
"Boston Legal" finally returns Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC. And the really great news is Merrin Dungey -- Francie/Evil Francie on "Alias" -- guest stars.
I hesitate to say this because it wasn't too long ago that I was wrong, wrong, wrong about "Windfall." But I really think "Dirt" is so bad, it's good. A delightful guilty pleasure. And I hear it gets more and more outlandish as the season progresses. Once I got over the whole "Oh My God. Monica is using a vibrator" shock, I've really enjoyed the show. Tune in Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX and let me know what you think.
Here's my problem with both "The Knights of Prosperity" (Wednesday, ABC, 8 p.m.) and "In Case of Emergency" (Wednesday, ABC, 8:30 p.m.). While one show is much better than the other (yes, that would be "Knights") neither really has characters that I feel the compelling need to tune into each week.
This week is all about great guest stars. Think of it as a belated holiday gift from our TV friends. Anyone who knows me know that I am so excited for Tori Spelling to stop by "Smallville" (Thursday, CW, 8 p.m.). And I'm telling you right now that having Justine Bateman on "Men in Trees" (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.) is flat out bribery to get me to watch, but I'll bite.
As you know, Boston Rob is my all-time favorite reality star. The omnipresent reality star is back in "Rob and Amber: Against the Odds," premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox Reality. The first episode is totally staged, but I'll probably watch anyway.
ABC repeats "Grey's Anatomy" and "Brothers & Sisters" at 9 p.m. Friday. And did you hear that Rob Lowe joined the cast of "Brothers & Sisters"? Such good times.
It's Jennifer Beals week. "The L Word" returned on Sunday and this Friday she guest stars on "Law & Order."
Alas, I did not get an advance copy of the sixth season premiere of "24" (beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. on FOX and concluding Monday at 8 p.m.) in time to give you a review (all together now, boooooo) but I'm so excited for this season -- especially that the Rickster will be joining the series.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about the musical episode of "Scrubs" (loved it and I'm already humming the songs), "24" (did Milo finally return from the world's longest coffee break?) and the return of Quotes of the Week and Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me firstname.lastname@example.org.