As the cliche goes, dying is easy. Maybe that's why characters are kicking the remote all across the dial and dying in a sudden dramatic fashion (just like my TiVo did last fall, but let's not revisit that painful time).
By the time you read this, another character on Wisteria Lane will have permanently checked out of the suburb. Back in the day - say 10 years ago - it used to be that if you were in the opening credits you were safe, and that you were only killed off if you wanted to leave a series. Now killing a character off happens so often it's quickly becoming a trite plot device. It's going from edgy television to an expected turn of events.
So let's take a little looksee at the other deaths becoming TV this February:
"Heroes": Hmmmm ... me thinks the promotion department needs to stop already with the taglines. When will they end? If a hero had a baby: Someone Falls, Someone Crawls. If a hero gets married: Someone Weds, Someone's Dead. If a hero saves money: Someone Gets a Discount, Someone's Down for the Count. I could go on and on. What I find so interesting is that the show's producers are constantly talking about how they are going to kill off characters. What kind of effect does this have on the viewers? Does it make you more invested, less invested or not bother you at all? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
"Prison Break" and "24": Lately, the show has been almost like a cartoon with it's penchant for killing off characters. It's gotten so bad that even though Ricky Schroder's character has yet to show up on "24," I'm already fearlessly predicting his impending death.
"Grey's Anatomy": Rumors of a death on "Grey's Anatomy" in this week's episode abound. And I still say the reports of Meredith's death are greatly exaggerated. My guess is that "Grey's" is going to pull a "thirtysomething" bait and switch. Remember when Nancy survived cancer and Gary suddenly died all in the same hour? It was a shocking and emotionally moving. Viewers were filled with joy and relief only to have it snatched away. My fearless prediction (I'm all about these today) is that Meredith will live to tell the tale and another character (my vote is McSteamy) will not survive the hour. I can get annoyed with the show, but I have to say having both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyle Chandler appear is one of the best TV surprises we've had in a long time.
What do you think about all the deaths on TV this February? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.
Quotes of the Week
"Come on, Mom. You spent a night in jail for smoking pot. This family should have, like, a bat signal for things that good." Sarah to her mom on "Brothers & Sisters." Thanks to Peter for the quote.
"Between the women and the drinking, that kid was on the Colin Farrell freeway about to pull over into the Robert Downey, Jr. rest stop." Paris to Rory about Logan on "Gilmore Girls." Thanks to Sue for the quote.
"You can't plan sincerity. You've got to make it up on the spot." Denny Crane on "Boston Legal." Thanks to Will, Mary and Joe for the quote.
"I'm really glad Fayed didn't kill you this morning." Chloe to Jack on "24." Thanks to Beth for the quote.
"I dunno. Some guy I used to work with." Eddie to Joy about Ray Romano's cameo on "'Til Death." Thanks to Anthony for the quote.
"It's not food anymore, Dean. It's Darwinism." Sam to Dean on "Supernatural" about the contents of their refrigerator. Thanks to Xtine for the quote.
"You know, you may be new at being a woman, but you're an old pro at being a bitch." Wilhelmina to Alexis on "Ugly Betty." Thanks to John for being the first to submit this very popular quote.
"If we could have turned this into a body-swap comedy, we could have squeezed another year or two out of this." Seth to Ryan after donating two pints of blood to him on "The O.C." Thanks to Cass for the quote.
"Would you be my girlfriend?" Matt to Julie on "Friday Night Lights." Thanks to Peter for the quote.
Exchange of the Week
"Well, this isn't 'Indecent Proposal' and believe me, I am no Demi Moore." Kitty to Senator McCallister on "Brothers & Sister."
"Oh. I always had a major thing for her." Senator McCallister response to Kitty.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Jeanne recognized Josh Stamberg, Luke Scott on "Studio 60", as Cuddy's blind date on "House." Stamberg also played Stephen on "Courting Alex" last season.
Juliette Goglia was Heather, the 11-year-old girl Logan had to take care of on "Veronica Mars." She was Little Girl God on "Joan of Arcadia," one of the girls Gabrielle was coaching in the beauty pageant world on "Desperate Housewives," and Becca this season on "Vanished."
Massaer caught Suzanne Cryer, Ashley on "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place," as Lynn, the woman making a move on Ian on "Desperate Housewives."
Diane and Brandi recognized Bill Fagerbakke, Dauber on Coach," as the showgirl's boyfriend on "Heroes." Fun fact: he's also the voice of Patrick Starfish on "SpongeBob SquarePants," who is running for President Monday at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
Katy recognized Jamie Elman, Luke on "American Dreams," as Nicole's new co-worker Max on "What About Brian."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Feb. 19 to 24
Damnit TV Gal readers. I think I realized if you took the word "damnit" out of "24" (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.) the show would be 15 minutes long.
Where would FOX be without "American Idol"? The network would have nothing to air. Because it's all about the Idol this week. The 12 male finalists perform in a two-hour special Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX. Then the 12 female finalists perform Wednesday and the results are announced Thursday. Of course I already have two favorites. Can you guess who they are?
You know I've had my complaints about "Gilmore Girls" (Tuesday, WB, 8 p.m.) this season, but what I did like about last week's episode was the sentiment that Lorelai and Christopher's relationship had to be played out; that since he had always been a "wonderful possibility" in her mind, she had to marry him in order to realize she shouldn't be married to him. It's a kind of convoluted logic that actually works for me. I just wish that Christopher hadn't been so jerky along the way. If Lorelai could have come to this realization without Christopher acting like a petulant child, that would have been so much better. To learn about the campaign of fans who want an 8th season of the show, check out the Great 8 Mandate efforts of www.gilmoregirls.org. This week Lorelai has to break it to Emily and Richard that she's getting divorced.
So I'm still completely in love with "Veronica Mars" (Tuesday, CW, 9 p.m.). I do however think in the words of Carrie Bradshaw, Logan and Veronica are so over they need a new word for over. They shouldn't get back together again. I love Logan, but Veronica deserves better.
After a long mid-season hiatus, "Jericho" returns Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS. The episode flashes back to 36 hours before the bomb went off.
It's time once again for my plug for this week's "Friday Night Lights" (Wednesday, NBC, 8 p.m.). You know me enough by now to know that I'm not about to get off this bandwagon any time soon. So really wouldn't it be so much easier to start watching the show. Resistance is futile. And I want to let you know about a campaign to save the show and bring it back for a second season. Got to www.fnl-online.com to find out how you can send "Friday Night Lights" into overtime.
Michael and Jan go public with their relationship on "The Office" (Thursday, NBC, 8:30 p.m.). I love what's happening with the whole Jim/Karen/Pam/Roy quadrangle. Karen has moved quite nicely into the role of Jim's trusty sidekick in all office tomfoolery (Jim trying to convince Dwight that he was a vampire was about the most hilarious thing the show has ever done). And it's so believable that Pam would fall back into a relationship with Roy (who has changed, but the question remains how much has he changed?). As a fan of Karen (and let's give a lot of credit to Rashida Jones for making us like someone we thought we never could like), I think I'm actually okay with Karen and Jim staying together, but I still want Pam to be with someone else besides Roy. How about you?
And I thought I'd let you know that I'm pretty close to being all in when it comes to the over-the-top campiness happening over at "Ugly Betty" -- not many shows could pull off a dead brother coming back to life as a Rebecca Romijn, but I have to admit they did. The trick is the show does it all with a lot of heart, so we care about Betty's possible romance with Henry (love that Christopher Gorham), Justin defending his mother and Daniel's relationship with his mother and sister. You won't be able to watch the show this week though. ABC is repeating last week's "Grey's" in the time slot.
"The O.C." comes to an end this Thursday at 9 p.m. on FOX. Even though I thought the show was much improved this season (kickin' it old school style to put it in technical terms), I never got back into it. Perhaps it was the challenging the time slot (there's only so much TV even I can watch on Thursday night). Or maybe it was because unlike "90210," the show hadn't cultivated enough loyalty in me before it took a turn for the worst. That being said, I'll definitely be watching the series finale which is bound to be full of pop-culture references, inside jokes and maybe even a surprise or two.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with thoughts on "Brothers & Sisters" (hooray for Emily VanCamp), "Lost," the new series "The Black Donnellys" and much, much more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.