Round up the troops, put out an all points bulletin, cue up your TiVo, because Team TV Gal is going on a search for characters who are missing in action.
Sure we know why Bree hasn't been around Wisteria Lane lately, but there are a few characters I am very worried about.
Practically Everyone on "24": I've already bemoaned the fact that we have no update on former President Logan or Martha. But never have so many characters been tossed aside and forgotten on this show. Jack's nefarious father, Sandra's boyfriend Walid, and Jack's former flame Marilyn all were introduced as important characters only to be ignored. To me it's further proof of this season's "let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" approach to story telling.
Rose and Bernard on "Lost": Um, where are they? Did the Others capture them and no one noticed? After moving them into center stage last season, we haven't seen them at all this year. Sawyer mentioned Bernard last week, but that so doesn't count.
Lane on "Gilmore Girls": Rebecca was the first TV Gal reader to sound the alarm on Lane, who truthfully we have barely seen this season. Hello, she's Rory's best friend. Are they in a fight we don't know about?
Who have you missed on your favorite shows this season? Write me and let me know. I'll put your picks in next week's column.
Quotes of the Week
"Hope I'm not interrupting. You two arguing over who's your favorite Other?" Saywer to Jack and Juliette on "Lost." Thanks to Brandon who was the first to nominate this week's most popular quote.
"We may be whores at my agency but we're not pimps." Ari to the writer who wanted to sleep with Lloyd on "Entourage."
"I'm about to compliment you and I'm going to ask you to lose the surprise." Simon to Melinda on "American Idol."
"Mr. President, you owe me." Jack to President Wayne Palmer on "24."
"I've met all the Joneses and I've kept up with them. So I think I'm gonna go." Senator McCallister to Kitty on "Brothers & Sisters." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
"That explains your low sex drive and why you rented 'Memoirs of a Geisha' the other night. Man that was the worst Kung Fu movie ever." Earl to Little Chubby and his doctor after the doctor informed Little Chubby that his body wasn't making testosterone any more on "My Name Is Earl." Thanks to Kevin for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Maulik Pancholy was Johnny Sac's doctor on "The Sopranos." We saw Pancholy this season as Jonathan on "30 Rock." He's also Sanjay on "Weeds."
Will Sasso was the writer Ari desperately wanted to sign on "Entourage." Sasso, who spent seven years on "MADtv," was Carl on "Less Than Perfect."
Everyone recognized Jenna Elfman and Susan Sullivan, Dharma and Kitty on "Dharma & Greg," on "Brothers & Sisters." But I also wanted to point out that Eric Winter, who played Robert McAllister's brother Jason, was R.J. on "Wildfire" and Rex Brady on "Days of Our Lives." And we could see him next season in the CBS pilot "Viva Lauglin."
David was the first to recognize Cindy Williams, the beloved Shirley Feeney on "Laverne & Shirley," was the woman taking care of Wendy's son on "Drive." Judy recognized other familiar faces on "Drive." We saw Kristin Lehman, who plays Corinna, earlier this season as Jane Phillips, one of the women working for Lincoln and Michael's dad on "Prison Break." She was also Detective Danielle Carter on "Killer Instinct," Dr. Lily Reddicker on "Judging Amy," Avery on "Felicity" and Esther Nairin on "The X-Files." Richard Brooks, Paul Robinette on "Law & Order" and Jubal Early on "Firefly," is the detective looking for Alex's wife.
There were, as usual, a slew of familiar faces on "Grey's Anatomy." Suzanne Cryer, Ashley on "Two Guys and a Girl," was the adopted mom of Izzie's daughter. We saw Cryer earlier this season on "Desperate Housewives." Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol on "The West Wing," was the woman who the chief awkwardly flirted with. And Dee Wallace, forever in our memories as the mom on "E.T.," was the woman who thought she was Jane Doe's mom. We saw her last season on "Sons & Daughters."
Joe Manganiello was the officer Sam was flirting with on "ER." He's Brad on "How I Met Your Mother" and Chad on "Scrubs."
It's Raining Pilots in Hollywood
Remember how I loved "Desperate Housewives" before I ever met it? Or when we first heard that NBC was making an American version of "The Office." Or when "Grey's Anatomy" was nothing more than another hospital drama starring the girl from "Old School" and "Loverboy"?
You never quite know how a television pilot, the first episode of a television series, is going to pan out. And right now there are 98 pilots anxiously awaiting word on whether or not they'll get invited to the big dance in the fall.
Now I've seen none of these pilots but does that stop me from picking out my early favorites? Of course not.
"Grey's Anatomy" Spin-Off (ABC): First of all, this stars all our favorites: Paul Adelstein, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, Merrin Dungey and Chris Lowell. Come on, aren't you in love with it already? This potential drama gets Addison (Kate Walsh) away from the bed-hopping shenanigans on the show and we'll get a sneak peak in the May 3 episode of "Grey's Anatomy."
Michael Vartan's Pilot (ABC): This still untitled pilot about four executives who golf at the same club also stars Dylan McDermott, Josh Malina and Nia Long, but they had me at Vartan.
"Eli Stone" (ABC) and "Dirty Sexy Money" (ABC): Who's loving ABC's pilots? I am, I am. And both these pilots are from your friend and mine, Greg Berlanti, the man behind "Everwood" and this season's "Brothers & Sisters."
"Lipstick Jungle" (NBC): The last time Candace Bushnell's writing was turned into a TV series, viewers were treated to the iconic "Sex & the City." So I couldn't help but wonder: will this drama about the loves, careers and ,of course, sex lives of modern women in New York be as truthfully hilarious as the HBO comedy?
"Gossip Girl" (The CW): Josh Schwartz, the creator of "The O.C.," had such a brief time in the sun as Hollywood's It Boy. It would be great to see Schwartz get his mojo back with this drama. Based on a series of novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Leighton Meester and Blake Lively star as socialite teenagers growing up on New York's Upper East Side.
"The Rules for Starting Over" (FOX): Because Jim so isn't into Karen on "The Office" and we so want to see the fabulous Rashida Jones on TV next season.
"Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office" (ABC): Because it is so true. And I can't wait for Jayma Mays (who had great runs as a character named Charlie on both "Heroes" and "Ugly Betty" this season) to tell us all about it.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times are listed are Eastern Time for April 23 to 29
So we're all kind of loving "Drive" (Monday, NBC, 8 p.m.). Now we just have to hope that FOX has faith in the show.
"Heroes" returns to Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC. I have to say I'm still feeling emotionally disconnected from the characters and that leads to me not feeling invested in the plot twist and turns. I'm kind of bummed out about how I feel about "Heroes," because it really should be my type of show. After you watch the return episode, let me know what you think.
Fret not, CBS is giving you one more chance to see Robin Sparkles in action on "How I Met Your Mother" Monday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
It's the season finale of "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll" Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the CW. And we care because that means "Veronica Mars" is back next week.
Kelly Clarkson finally returns to the show that launched her career in the two-hour edition of "American Idol" Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX..
Keri Russell guest stars as Eliot's sorority sister Melody on "Scrubs" (Thursday, NBC, 9:30 p.m. ) J.D. has a crush on her but everyone knows she's hung up on some guy named Ben ... or Noel or ... or Ben.
So we all need whatever Neela on "ER" and Kitty on "Brothers & Sisters" have going on because every man who crosses their path instantly falls in love with them. In addition to Ray, Tony and Dr. Dubenko, last week even Neela's patient hit on her. As so many of you have pointed out, it's the Neela show over at County General. But all this romantic tomfoolery has made me care about who Neela ends up with. But my bigger concern is what they are doing with Sam's love life. Talk about dropped storylines. There have been rotating line up of possible romantic possibilities for Sam. This week (Thursday, NBC, 10 p.m.), Annabella Sciorra returns as the photographer with cancer. Also it occurred to me last week that despite my many complaints, "ER" has still got it. Because I was crying over the father with Alzheimer's who lost his son.
I need to know how you're feeling about "The Sopranos" (Sunday, HBO, 9 p.m.) because I'm okay with this season but not overwhelmingly enthusiastic about it.
So we're all having a little trouble handling Emily VanCamp's bad girl ways on "Brothers & Sisters" (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.). Perhaps we were lulled into a sense of security because after all she was our beloved Amy Abott. But, wow, did she shock me last week. In one instant, she went from sympathetic to suspicious. Do you think Joe kissed her or do you think she kissed Joe. Or do you think she tried to kiss Joe but he rejected her? Whatever happened we'll see it play out this week. I can't wait.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about the return of "Veronica Mars," "Grey's Anatomy," and some of my favorite performance this season (I'm loving a certain executive assistant). Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at email@example.comCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times