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Let's start with the good news.

My email is up and working again and Email Watch 2007 has officially come to a close. Thank you for your support during this difficult time. As many of you pointed out, I really can't be allowed to go on vacation; bad things happen.

But now I can now communicate once again with you, my people. You are the only ones who will take my business on my theory that Ricky Schroder is being groomed as Jack's replacement on "24." (And by "take my business" I mean declare that you won't watch the show if that happens). You are the only ones who truly understand my sheer joy when watching Ian Ziering on "Dancing with the Stars" or why I clapped out loud when Drew Lachey made a surprise appearance on the results show last week.

You are the only ones who will join me in my panic about "How I Met Your Mother" not being picked up for next season (which by the way appears to be unfounded) or join me in a vigil for "Friday Night Lights" (wasn't that the most perfect season finale?). And you, my people, will comfort me now that it appears that "Veronica Mars" will definitely not be back for a fourth season (I'm not ready to discuss this possibility. But I can tell you the show will have a two-hour finale on May 22 and at this point the CW is still calling it a "season" finale).

I learned that you've had it with my constant ranting against "Prison Break." Annoyed that I don't discuss "NCIS" and "Supernatural" enough and that you are choosing to ignore the Sanjaya phenomenon happening over at "American Idol."

So now that we can communicate again, the time has come to talk about our Girls. "Gilmore Girls" returns this week with Logan visiting Stars Hollow and hope for all the Luke and Lorelai fans out there. For months I've received hundreds of emails from devoted fans who want an eighth season of "Gilmore Girls."

And even though this seventh season hasn't been as good as we know the show can be, I am on "The Great8Mandate" bandwagon. For seven years now, Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Richard, Luke, Sookie, Lane and the rest of Stars Hollow have been our friends. We deserve a proper farewell. Or as TV Gal reader Rebecca put it an "unrushed conclusion." I know much of the uncertainty is due to the fact that Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel have yet to commit to an eighth season, but I still wish all of this could have been settled back in the fall.

As this season winds down, Rory will graduate from Yale (the season finale even features Rory's hero Christiane Amanpour) and Luke and Lorelai do seem to be on the road to recovery. But a show like "Gilmore Girls" should leave the airwaves with fanfare and go out with a bang not with a whimper. But that's nearly impossible now as an eighth season for the show is still up in the air so late in the season. And that makes me mighty cranky.

Between the "Gilmore Girls" situation, the likely cancellation of "Veronica Mars," and the shabby treatment of "7th Heaven," I am so totally in a fight with The CW. It is on. How about you? How are you feeling about the CW these days? Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com and let me know.

Quotes of the Week

Well we do have some catching up to do. I've included some of the best quotes that I missed during my email lockout.

"Welcome to the wonderful world of not knowing what the hell is going on." Kate to Juliet on "Lost." Jeff was the first one to submit this extremely popular quote.

"You're like a walking encyclopedia of weirdness." Dean to Sam on "Supernatural." Thanks to Sandy and Cassie for the quote.

"This may be the single most defining moment of my life, so you may need to tell your grandma to take the damn bus." Landry to Matt after Tyra asks to drive to the state championship game with him on "Friday Night Lights."

"What, you get a flat tire or was something more captivating on the telly, perhaps? Maybe that new show about superheroes?" Nigel to Woody after Woody doesn't visit Jordan in the hospital on "Crossing Jordan." Thanks to Karen for the quote.

"If I looked like you, I'd date myself." Christine to Mr. Harris (Blair Underwood) on "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

"Oh my God. Sesame Street is having a party." Kitty to Sara when they realize they're at a high school party on "Brothers & Sisters."

"I think you have a very good tactic at the moment: wear as least amount of clothes as possible." Simon to Haley on "American Idol."

"I'm not David, Tom, and I never will be. But I am learning that who I am is not so bad." President Palmer on "24." Please let Wayne live. Please let Wayne live. Please let Wayne live.

"Damn Jack." Mike after surveying the scene where Jack had single-handedly taken out well pretty much everyone on "24." Thanks to Kate who was the first one to submit this week's most popular quote.

"Want me to walk you to your car? This town's not safe for a bitch." Amanda to Ari on "Entourage."

"You want to get off this island more than anything else in this world. That makes you one of us." Jack to Juliet on "Lost." Um, no Jack it actually doesn't.

"It's serious down there. We do dangerous stuff. This is shenanigans. Foolishness." Darryl to Michael on "The Office." Because you all know I love the word "shenanigans," I had to include this quote.

"He's going to kill himself pretending to kill himself." Jim on "The Office" after realizing what Michael is planning to do during his safety awareness stunt.

"We're Republicans. Our one celebrity is busy running California." One of Senator McAllister's advisors on "Brothers & Sisters." Thanks to Mary & Joe for the quote.

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Rishi recognized that Kevin Alejandro, Winston on "Drive," was Benito on "Sleeper Cell" and Santos, Justin's dad on "Ugly Betty."

K Callan played Lily's grandmother on "How I Met Your Mother." In addition to her many guest appearances (we saw her on "The Closer" last summer), Callan was Martha Kent on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

Diane recognized Paxton Whitehead as Ian's father on "Desperate Housewives." He played the Buchman's snobby neighbor, Hal Conway, on "Mad About You."

Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for April 16 to 22

Well, I was wrong to criticize the special effects on "Drive" (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.) because the preview copy I received contained temporary special effects not the actual special effects that will you all will see. Obviously I should have realized this and we can file this officially under the heading: bad work by me. This week on FOX's new drama, Alex gets arrested. And now that my email is working, don't forget to let me know what you think of the show.

We can't give ourselves too much credit for predicting that Audrey wasn't dead. Duh, it's not like we started watching "24" (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.) yesterday. But I do like this sudden (albeit very violent) game changing plot twist that happened last week. Finally, Jack's back at the center of the action. Although I feel like Jack's becoming a little bit like that old Chicago Bears skit they used to do on "Saturday Night Live." Remember? Mike Ditka versus the Dallas Cowboys? Ditka. After all, it was a little obnoxious that he was able to take everyone out after riding under a sanitation truck. But really that's okay with me. Now we just need to get rid of Milo (pretty please with sugar on top), let President Palmer live, and can someone tell me what the heck is up with former President Logan? Is a little closure too much to ask for?

You know I'm a little bit country and I don't care if it's cool. This week on "American Idol" (Tuesday, FOX, 8 p.m.), Martina McBride coaches the final seven. And my guess is that Phil Stacey is the next to go.

Jill Hennessy directed this episode of "Crossing Jordan" (Wednesday, NBC, 9 p.m.). I've heard from fans who want the show to be renewed for next season (count me as one of them) about a campaign to save the show. Go to http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/savecrossingjordan.

I certainly think it's time to kiss and make up with "Lost." The series is really making up for keeping viewers in the dark, don't you think? Now we know the major problem the Others face are women not being able to carry a baby to full term. (How will this effect Sun? We'll find out that and another interesting tidbit very soon). And we also learned that they didn't know anything about the passengers on that doomed Oceanic flight until after it crashed. I found it fascinating that last week was the first time we ever saw a glimpse of how the outside world viewed the plane crash. This week, we get more of Desmond's back story as Sonia Walger returns as his one true love Penny Widmore.

"Grey's Anatomy" is back with a new episode Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. The show continues to try to convince us of a possible Izzie/George romance. I've also received a few emails asking when Mitch Pileggi is going to be on the show. You can catch him next week (April 26).

Get ready to spin around. Lynda Carter guest stars as Chloe's mom on "Smallville" (Thursday, CW, 8 p.m.). Lex threatens to kill Chloe unless her mom helps him.

Gary Cole guest stars as a horror movie actor on "Supernatural" (Thursday, CW, 9 p.m.). And -- great news -– Jeffery Dean Morgan (Denny, sniff) will be on the show's season finale.

Liz considers moving to the Midwest with Floyd, my new favorite TV boyfriend, on "30 Rock"(Thursday, NBC, 9 p.m.). And just to further my Jane-Krakowski-won't-be-on-the-show-next-season theory, please note last week was the second episode in a row without her. I like Krakowski but I don't think this was the role for her. And I'm thrilled to see Kenneth the page getting more screen time.

"Heroes," the biggest new hit of the season, returns to the schedule next Monday. To get ready, NBC airs three episodes beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

That's all for today. I'll be back next week with a review of the return episode of "Heroes," a look at the potential pilots for next season (sorry I didn't have room for that this week), and thoughts on "The Office," "ER," "The Sopranos" and much much more.. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com.

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