After all that we've been through, breaking up is hard to do.
Before the launch of the fall season, I sit down with myself and have a little strategy session. How am I going to fit in the new shows that I think are deserving of my attention and actually leave my couch every once in awhile? Some shows have got to go, be cast off. It's time (sniff) to say good-bye.
It pains me to say it but I think it's time to say farewell to "ER." Anyone object to that? The season finale just about did me in.
I also may need to move "Boston Legal" to an "only when nothing else is on" basis.
I'm moving "Prison Break" to a "two shows and you're out" status. Michael and his chain gang have two TV hours to prove to me that this whole "hey, we're back in prison" thing is going to work. I can't go on another chose your own adventure ride with those boys.
The big question is: will I be able to stick to it? After 13 years of watching "ER," can I actually stop? What about you? What shows are you casting off from your TV schedule to make room for "Reaper," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Samantha Who?" or any other show you are looking forward to? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll have your list of cast-offs next week.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
"The Closer" continues to keep WHISTB in business this summer. That was S. Epatha Merkerson, Lt. Anita Van Buren on "Law & Order," as Brenda's doctor on "The Closer." Loretta was the first reader to be positively thrilled to see Francis Capra, Weevil on "Veronica Mars," as Miguel, the college bound baseball player who wanted to join a gang. Shawn recognized Geoffrey Rivas, Detective Sam Vega on "CSI," as Miguel's father Carlos.
Garrett recognized Carly Pope as the woman who slept with Sean and then sold the story to the tabloids on "The 4400." She was Sam on "Popular" and we just saw her as Garbo on "Dirt." And Glenn Morshower, my beloved Aaron Pierce on "24," was in charge of the army unit that invaded Promise City.
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, is the headmaster of at Ari's children's school on "Entourage." He's also currently playing a professor on "Greek." Shanna Moakler, who was on "Dancing with the Stars," was the woman Turtle met on Craig's List. William Forsythe, Digger on "John Doe," was the private investigator Ari hired. William Ragsdale, Herman on "Herman's Head," Rob on "Grosse Pointe," and Charles on "Judging Amy," was his assistant. We also saw Ragsdale recently on "Desperate Housewives."
Ashley Williams is Vivi's friend Becca on "Side Order of Life." She was Dylan on "Good Morning Miami," Victoria on "How I Met Your Mother," and Alyssa on "Huff." Bill Cobbs is playing Clarence's brother. Cobbs was Elmer on "The Others," Tony on "The Drew Carey Show," and Mr. Bolivar on "October Road."
Nicole Sullivan is Kimmie, Kenny's pregnant girlfriend on "My Boys." She was Holly on "King of Queens," Carolyn on "Raines, Jill on "Scrubs," and Chloe on "Hot Proprieties." And, of course, we all recognized the brief cameo from Jack McBrayer, Kenneth the Page on "30 Rock."
Quotes of the Week
"I'd do that for a dollar." America's player Eric working in his assigned catch phrase on "Big Brother."
"Jesus, baby, what's wrong? You sound worse than when Harry Hamlin got voted off 'Dancing with the Stars.'" Ari to his wife on "Entourage."
"Are you a good guy or a bad guy?" Maya to Jordan on "The 4400."
More Things We Don't Need to See on TV Again
Last week I asked for your assistance in the TV Gal Public Service Announcement because, after all, we're here to help.
So TV show runners take note. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but we've had it with the following:
Sandy is tired of sexual tension that never goes anywhere until the series finale and the "stupid unbelievable plot twists to keep people apart."
Sandy is done with TV shows killing off major characters. She says, "Why should I bother caring about these characters if they are only going to get killed off."
Chris, on the other hand, is so over near-death experiences. "No teasing us that anything is really going to happen to the lead; no conversations with other dead people in some anteroom of the afterlife; no cheesy re-examination of the character's life and vows to change their ways when they miraculously survive." Chris could also do without therapist that are crazier than their patients. "It would be nice to see a psychiatrist or psychologist that acted like a professional and actually listened to and helped their patients."
Henry wants less of the stunt clichés. Particularly "the hero smashing through a window with mere scratches instead of needing an ambulance."
Brad is going to throw his TiVo (no, Brad, no) out the window if he sees one more show with a dramatic cold opening. You know where they show a scene in the first few minutes and then the screen reads "two hours earlier" or "two days earlier". I'm so with Brad on this one. This used to be such a clever story telling device and now it seems like a clutch.
Keep them coming. I'll keep letting the networks know what we're tired of until the end of August.
Bring Them Back
"ER": See this is why we get along so well. So many of you still would love to see Carol and Doug back at County General. And Carter and Dr. Benton and well anyone who was in the original opening credits would be a real treat. The good news is that Noah Wyle still owes "ER" a few more episodes. The bad news. As mentioned above, I may no longer be watching.
"Prison Break": Even though Paul Adelstein is going to be a little busy with the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off "Private Practice," you'd still love to see Kellerman back on "Prison Break."
"Lost": We're all hanging out in the world of denial on this one. Everyone wants Charlie back. Oh and a lot of you would still like to see Libby back (pssst ... I'm hearing you may get your wish).
"Grey's Anatomy": Jane Doe by any other name (say Rebecca) is still someone we want back flirting with Alex. And some of you are so not down with "Private Practice," you want Addison back in Seattle.
"Two and a Half Men": Many of you are ready for Rose to come back to hang out with Charlie, Alan and Jake now that Melanie Lynskey is no longer on the cancelled "Drive." Well I have very good news on that front. Rose will be back in time for the 100th episode of the series next season.
"24": Tony, Tony, Tony oh how we miss you at CTU.
"Smallville": We all still miss Clark's best friend Pete. Couldn't he at least call everyone once in awhile?
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Aug. 6 to 12
I'm thinking Evan may be my new Logan Echolls. Casey's bad boy boyfriend on "Greek" (Monday, ABC Family, 9 p.m.) has that same impish charm. I'm also loving Calvin's story line. Calvin's father is totally fine with his son's sexual orientation, but Calvin is still not sure he wants to come out to his fraternity brothers. It's a great story line. And I loved Rusty's totally authentic reaction. If you're still not watching "Greek," check out the show this week and let me know what you think.
I know it's probably too late to ask, but I would so love it if PJ took her sports analogies down a notch on "My Boys" (Monday, TBS, 9 p.m.). And if her latest love interest looks familiar, it's because that's Elliot boyfriend Keith on "Scrubs."
Wondering how Drew Carey will be as the host of the "Price Is Right." Check out "Power of 10," which premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Last week it brought back the already cancelled "The Nine" and now the network is bring back another well reviewed and quickly canceled series. Ray Romano guest stars on "The Knights of Prosperity (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on ABC).
Eric Johnson (Whitney on "Smallville") is charming as the new "Flash Gordon" (premiering Friday at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi). The show's dialogue is very fun but the special effects look a little like a throwback to the 1970s. After you've watched the show let me know what you think.
Angela on "The Office" is a guest star on "Monk" Friday at 9 p.m. on USA.
I'm kind of liking this new direction "The 4400" (Sunday, USA, 9 p.m.) has taken on this season. Jordan and his "Promise City" vs. NTAC and those who have chosen not to take promicin. The show has really been able to build on a premise that started out as limited-run series. How are you feeling about "The 4400" this season? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.
I've decided that I would like to always be shown in the soft light that constantly is on those "Army Wives" (Sunday, Lifetime, 10 p.m.). This show is the guiltiest pleasure I've had in a long time.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with a review of the new season of "Weeds" and a preview of David Duchovny's new series "Californication." I also promise, promise, promise to discuss "So You Think You Can Dance." Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.