Every week I hear from you about shows I'm not talking enough about. So I'm going to try to rectify that by talking about three of your favorites (and, of course, three of my favorites as well).
"The Office": Good news for all you fans of Dunder-Mifflin. Our favorite co-workers will now be on the air through May (can I have a whoo and a hoo?). We're even getting a bonus episode. This show is having a positively phenomenal second season. The show's smartest move is to make Michael an idiot (my favorite moment last week was when he grabbed an authentic New York slice at Sbarro's) but not such an idiot that we can't understand why he hasn't been fired. The episode where he presented the new company president with a video (a Michael Scott Joint) but also had the real financial statements hit the exact right tone. He's goofy but on some level he must be doing a fairly decent job. And I really think the Jim and Pam (non)romance is the storyline to watch this season. Jim's attitude towards Pam on Valentine's Day? Brilliant. It's bringing the show to a whole new level.
"Veronica Mars": If there ever was a show hurt by constant interruptions, it's "Veronica Mars." I watch TV like it's my job (because you know it is) and I have trouble keeping all the storylines and characters straight. A new episode followed by three repeats is hard to take when there are bus crashes, rats, gang power struggles and missing babies to keep straight. I even forgot until further reflection that the teacher who stole the money was the one Veronica's mom had detention with when they were in high school. And I didn't think this was possible, but I'm beginning to love Logan even more. Logan and Sawyer on "Lost" should be in a showdown to decide who is the best bad, really bad, boy. Seriously -- flirting with the daughter of the man who turned you into the police (and flirting with her so charmingly) is positively and deliciously sinister.
"Scrubs": You know how the closer "Arrested Development" got to its inevitable end, the more outlandish it became -- like they were only doing the show for themselves and their most devoted fans. That same delightful magic is happening with "Scrubs." In its fifth season, the series is better than ever. Like "The Office," "Scrubs" has quite brilliantly cultivated some standout secondary characters -- like the Todd (let's give him a high five), panicky Doug, trepidatious Ted (and his barbershop quartet) and this year's newest crop of interns (one of whom we'll be seeing a lot more of). You can't help but be caught up in the show's tidal wave of good times.
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Season Finale of "Arrested Development"
I must confess that I almost didn't want to watch the final four episodes of "Arrested Development." Because I knew once I did, television's best comedy was over, done, and -- even in my world of denial -- probably not coming back. But then I thought, "Come on!" "Arrested Development's" swan song was so pitch perfect, so hilarious, so full of inside jokes, so true to itself that I actually may be okay if Showtime doesn't pick up the series. I've reached a certain amount of peace. There will be no wailing in the streets. Maybe moping in the streets (cue the "Charlie Brown" music), but no wailing.
Pilots for the 06/07 Season
Let's take a little looksie at some of the pilots currently being cast in Hollywood:
Not many pilots seem to have survived the UPN/WB merger. But Kevin Williamson's pilot about a family that moves to Palm Springs (starring Gail O'Grady), the "Girlfriends" spin-off and the "Smallville" spin-off "Aquaman" have lived to tell the tale.
If things go our way, we could be seeing some of our much-missed and favorite actors back on the small screen next fall. Anthony Stewart Head (Giles on "Buffy") is attached to the ABC comedy "Him & Us," Logan Marshall-Green (Ryan's brother on "The O.C.") is in the ABC drama "The Traveler," Josh Jackson (Pacey, sigh) is in a new CBS drama, Kyle Chandler (who just died on "Grey's Anatomy") is in the NBC drama "Friday Night Lights" with Connie Britton (the woman dead Jack shacked up with, but newly alive Jack doesn't love), Greg Grunberg (Weiss on "Alias") is in the NBC comedy "Heroes" and one of the shows I'm most looking forward to is the new Aaron Sorkin drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" with Matthew Perry, Evan Handler, Amanda Peet, Tim Busfield, D.L. Hughley and Steven Weber. (Remember how I loved "Desperate Housewives" before I even met it. It's kind of like that.)
What pilots have you heard about that you're excited about? Talk about it on the TV Gal Message Boards.
Quotes of the Week
"No I don't see it as a series. Maybe a movie?" Ron Howard to Maeby in the final line of the season finale of "Arrested Development."
"I love you. And I'm going to marry you. And at our wedding, we are going to have lobster." Luke to Lorelai on "Gilmore Girls."
"I'm just so appalling, aren't I?" Simon to Mandisa on "American Idol."
"Take good care of your looks, Danielle. You don't have any other weapons at your disposal." Bree on "Desperate Housewives." So many of you submitted this very popular quote. And I found it funny as well, but in a way it epitomizes all that is wrong with Wisteria Lane. Would Bree really be that cruel to her daughter?
"You know what they say, Lester. You never forget your first time." Alan Shore to the academy school lawyer who claimed he had never lost a lawsuit on "Boston Legal." Thanks to Douglas for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before
Jacquie recognized Timothy Omundson, nice, sweet Sean on "Judging Amy" and Brom Garret on "Deadwood," is one of the terrorist on "24."
John recognized Michael Emerson, the oh-so-creepy William Hinks on "The Practice," was the man who captured Rousseau on "Lost." He also recognized Marc Casabani, as Tariq. We saw Casabani in season two of "24" as Omar.
Mike recognized Lisa Darr, the mother of the burn victim on "House," was Jane on "Popular." We've also seen her as the reporter Andrea Hall on "Nip/Tuck," the mom on "life as we know it," and the real estate agent Greg dated on "NYPD Blue."
Robin recognized Dan Butler, Bulldog on "Frasier," as Dr. House's med school nemesis Dr. Webber on "House."
Kathie recognized Mary McDonough, Erin Walton on "The Waltons," as the mother of the rape victim on "Boston Legal."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Feb. 20 to 26
Raise your hand if you think Mike killed Walt Cummings on "24" (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.).
The Olympics and the Grammys didn't stop "American Idol," and I don't even think the finals of the women's figure skating will. The first live results show will air Thursday at 8 p.m. on FOX. Pay close attention because soon we will be picking who we think will make it to the final four. Meanwhile over at NBC, Emily Hughes and Sasha Cohen will be going for the gold on NBC beginning at 8 p.m.
"American Idol" may not be afraid of the Olympics but CBS is. Right smack in the middle of February sweeps, it is putting repeats of their most popular shows. But this is one of my favorite episodes of "Without a Trace" (Thursday, CBS, 10 p.m.) this season. Alex Kingston guest stars as a wife whose husband goes missing in Mexico - but you know on this show, things are never what they seem.
James Denton returns to "Reba" this Friday at 9 p.m. on the WB. It's about time he got the heck off of Wisteria Lane.
Lucy Lawless makes her second appearance as D'Anna Biers on "Battlestar Galactica" (Friday, Sci Fi Channel, 10 p.m.). And good news for fans is that Lawless joins the series as a regular cast member for the third season.
It's the two-hour finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (Sunday, ABC, 8 p.m.). And of course I'm rooting for Drew Lachey. I've stopped short of sporting a "Team Drew" t-shirt so we should all be very relieved.
Well, this is the most email I've received about any topic since CBS cancelled "Joan of Arcadia." But, to use one of my favorite phrases, I wasn't picking up what "Grey's Anatomy" was putting down last week. Many of you felt that when Izzie and Christina cleaned Meredith after the bomb exploded that the episode came full circle, that it was poetic, poignant, beautiful, and profound. But, and I know this is the minority opinion, I simply wasn't buying it. It still seemed to me like a forced way to justify that ridiculous opening scene. But it is okay, we will have to agree to disagree on this topic. Alas, we cannot agree on everything but this is what makes TV so much fun. This week on "Grey's Anatomy" (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.) Dr. Bailey helps Addison with a medical problem.
To the TV Gal Reader Belongs the Spoils
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The boys of "Prison Break" are very excited about a flashback episode that will show what our favorite prisoners were doing three years before the show started.
Aaron will become sick on "Lost." We'll also see the return of a very familiar character.
Denny will walk down the aisle on "Boston Legal." The only problem? Hours after the nuptials, he'll be caught with another woman.
Things are looking up for Lane and Zach on "Gilmore Girls."
Here's the best news of the week. C. Thomas Howell, my first ever celebrity crush (cut to the wall of my bedroom plastered with his pictures from "Tiger Beat"), will begin a recurring role on "24" on March 6. He'll play a friend of she-who-shall-not-be named. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold. March 6 will also see the return of Elisha Cuthbert and William Devane.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with reviews of new shows including "Conviction" and "Free Ride." Have question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.