My friends, this is a good week.
First of all ABC Family's new series "Greek" premieres this Monday at 9 p.m. (and fret not, if you don't have cable, the premiere episode will repeat this Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC). With "The O.C." gone, I need something to fill the void. Kelsey Grammer's daughter Spencer stars as Casey, a college sorority girl with a cad of a boyfriend who doesn't want anyone to know about her geeky brother Rusty. It's not a perfect show (the characters are too stereotypical and the acting ability varies), but so far it's a fun show and a nice summer escape. And, as I like to say, the Peach Pit wasn't built in a day, so I'm willing to give the show a chance.
Secondly, Jason Priestley continues TV's current streak of bringing the boys of "90210" back to the small screen. Priestley stars as the dashing Ian Denison in "Side Order of Life," premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. Marisa Couglan is charming as Jenny, a photographer in the midst of planning the perfect wedding to Ian until her best friend Vivy (Diana Maria Riva) gives her a wake up call. It's not a show that is going to change the world or break new ground, but the pilot was delightful and the characters instantly engaging and multi-dimensional. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. Between this and "Army Wives," I'm kind of having a love affair with Lifetime this summer.
After you watch both shows, you must write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think.
Quotes of the Week
"Do you know your man broke out of the Oompah Loompah factory and is up to no good?" Ari to Vince about E on "Entourage." Thanks to Adrienne and Gil for the quote.
"Because at Sheffield and Eckert, I am known as The Closer." Mr. Eckert to Brenda on "The Closer." Thanks to Sam for the quote.
"Figuring out if a car is tailing you is mostly about driving like you're an idiot. You speed up, slow down, signal one way, turn the other. Of course ideally you're doing this without your mother in the car." Michael's narration during "Burn Notice." Thanks to Christie for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Shawn and Sarah recognized a slew of familiar faces on "The Closer." Rachelle Lefevere, the spoiled woman who had a throw down with Brenda, has been everywhere this season. We saw her on "The Class" as Ethan's girlfriend Sue, on "What about Brian" as Adam's wife Heather, and as sorority gal Marjorie on "Veronica Mars." Robert Picardo, the Doctor on "Star Trek: Voyager," was the caretaker of the mortuary. Ann also remembered him as Richard Woolsey on "Stargate SG1" and "Stargate: Atlantis."
Christie recognized David Zayas, Enrique Morales on "Oz" and Angel on "Dexter," doing a double dose of duty last week. He was Lt. Tao's ballistics expert on "The Closer" and Javier, the caretaker who was Michael Westen's first client on "Burn Notice."
Put Them on a Show
As if to prove my point that TV is a fickle business, moments after I had I written my column last week, Merrin Dungey was replaced by Audra MacDonald on "Private Practice." We'll get to see Scott Patterson (Luke on "Gilmore Girls") again very soon. He'll now play the dad on the new CW comedy "Aliens in America" (which I think has real potential). And (whoo-hoo) Stephanie Niznik, Nina on "Everwood," joins the cast of The CW's "Life Is Wild." Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion will move into Wisteria Lane next season. All of this means our recommendations could be heard.
Last week I asked you who you think should be back on TV and here are your most popular picks.
John Schneider: Oh, you so miss him like crazy on "Smallville." Serena, Gina, Leann, and Carrie don't really care about what show he ends up on, they just want him back on TV now.
Tiffani Thiessen: Nick is hoping that the rumors of our Tiff, last seen stirring up trouble on "What About Brian," being admitted to "Grey's Anatomy" are true.
James Marsters: Maggie will take either a blonde or a brunette Spike back on TV. Good news: Marsters pops up as a guest star in the new TNT show "Saving Grace" which premieres on Monday, July 23. Jennifer thinks he could pop up as a love interest for Brennan on "Bones" thus recreating a little love rivalry between Marsters and David Boreanaz.
Amber Benson: Keeping up the Buffy love, you would love to see Tara back on the small screen. Dana thinks she would be a perfect fit for "The L Word" or to go back on "Supernatural," where she popped up on as a guest star this season.
David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc: Jacki envisions the former "Friends" in a "My Two Dads" meets "The Odd Couple" sitcom where three windowed dads meet in a support group and decide to move in together with their kids. Jacki, I like it! Scott thinks Schwimmer would fit right in with the wackiness of "Boston Legal."
Paula Malcomson: Myke would love to see Trixie on "Deadwood" and Meg on "ER" as a cop on "Law & Order."
Neal McDonough: Lori would love to see the "Boomtown" favorite back on TV. She just has one warning for him: Stay away from NBC.
Autumn Reeser: Lindsey believes Reeser made the final season of "The O.C." worth watching. And I have to agree.
Laura Leighton: Anthony thinks that Leighton, best known as Sidney on "Melrose Place," had great guest stints last season on "Boston Legal," "CSI: Miami," "Shark," "Law & Order: SVU." He would love to see her on "Grey's Anatomy" or "Nip/Tuck" next season.
From our mouths to network executive ears, let's get these guys back on TV. I mean if ABC can actually bring back "The Nine" and air the previously unaired episodes, I'm beginning to think anything is possible.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for July 9 to 15
"Eureka" returns for a second season Tuesday at 9 p.m. on the Sci Fi Channel. And Colin Ferguson makes this show a must see, don't you think? This year the show is hoping viewers will give their homes an energy-efficiency makeover. To find out more about Eureka $mart House Energy-Efficiency Challenge go to www.scifi.com/homemakeover. The winner will be announced in September.
You'll see my favorite baseball player David Ortiz in "Major League Baseball's 78th All-Star Game" Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
This is where it all began. ABC begins repeating the February three-parter of "Grey's Anatomy" this Thursday at 9 p.m. After it was over, many of you wanted to break up with the show.
This is the week my addiction to "So You Think You Can Dance" (Thursday at 9 p.m. on FOX) begins. You guys told me to start watching and how can I say no to you? Hillary Duff sings her new single "Stranger" live on tonight's result show
"Monk" is back for a sixth season Friday at 9 p.m. on USA. Sarah Silverman isn't my favorite actress, but I really like her as Monk's biggest fan. She's back this week in a delightful episode chock full of inside jokes. Tim Curry and Gina Gershon play talent show judges in the second season premiere of "Psych" (Friday at 10 p.m. on USA). Guess who they'll remind you of? Just guess. I like "Psych," but it remains a show I don't need to watch every week.
Listen up all you fans of "Jericho." CBS recaps the first half of the season in "Return to Jericho" Friday at 8 p.m. That's to get your ready for the second half of the season which CBS begins repeating Friday at 9 p.m.
Okay, now FOX says they are airing the final two episodes of "Drive" (Friday, FOX, 8 p.m.). Sure they said they were going air it last week on the Fourth of July, but this time they mean it.
Lili Taylor stars in "State of Mind" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime), a pilot I didn't enjoy as much as "Side Order of Life." Taylor is a therapist who finds out - in the worst way possible - that her husband is cheating on her. Right now it's trying a little too hard to be quirky, but I'm so excited to see Devon Gummersall (once and forever Brian Krakow on "My So-Called Life") that I'm willing to give the show another chance.
Well that's all for today. I'll be back next week with a review of AMC's "Mad Men" and thoughts of how "Entourage" is doing this season. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at email@example.com.