TV Gal Loses Herself to 'Lost'

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If I could have called each and every one of you last Wednesday night at 10:01 p.m. (ET), the conversation we would have had would have gone a little something like this:

Me: Oh my God, wasn't "Lost" so good?

You: It was so good.

Me: I love this show. I can't believe Sun is such a good liar.

You: I know. I told you Jin wasn't the father of her baby. There was no miracle pregnancy.

Me: You were right. And what about the fact that she could shoot someone and Jin couldn't. And isn't Juliet so creepy?

You: She's so creepy. Do you think Sawyer knew he was being taped?

And it would have gone on and on (of course, if you weren't a fan of "Lost," fret not, we would have found another show to talk about). I'm positively smitten with "Lost." Sure it has its flaws (seriously, how could Sayid not know the Others would go for the boat?), but I'm riveted for the entire hour and totally stressed out. And I have the give the show major kudos for having another stunning season opening -- who knew the Others were living on the island version of Wisteria Lane?

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Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Jonathan was the first to recognize Tina Holmes, Maggie on "Six Feet Under," as the pregnant patient on "Grey's Anatomy."

Louise was the first to catch a slew of familiar faces on "Veronica Mars." Rider Strong was the student who took the social experiment a little too seriously. He was Chick last season on "Pepper Dennis" and, of course, Shawn on "Boy Meets World." Sam Levine was Samuel Horshack. He was Neal on "Freaks and Geeks" and we just saw him on "Entourage" as one of the kids who invited Vince to their pool party. Keri Lynn Pratt was sorority girl Haley. She was Missy on "Jack & Bobby" and Betsy on "7th Heaven."

Michelle reminded me that Paula Malcomson, Trixie on "Deadwood," was Colleen, the Other Sun shot on "Lost." We also just saw her as Tony's secret girlfriend on "ER."

And so many of you reminded me that there's a little bit of a "Freaks and Geeks" reunion happening on "ER." Busy Philipps, Denise on "Love, Inc.," Audrey on "Dawson's Creek," and Kim Kelly on "Freaks and Geeks," is the new intern Hope.

Indigo, Vaneeta on "Weeds," and the slayer-in-training Rona on "Buffy," was the woman who participated in the group beatings on "CSI." Vicellous Shannon was the brother of the boy who died. Shannon was President Palmer's son Keith on "24."

Quotes of the Week

"Thanks Mom, but costumes just really aren't my thing." Clark to Martha on "Smallville." Thanks to Darius for the quote.

"It's not HBO; it's TV." Liz to Tracy on "30 Rock." Thanks to Michelle and Ken for the quote.

"'Primetime' wants to have you on during November sweeps. They may allow you to eat Diane Sawyer." Alan Shore to the cannibal on "Boston Legal." Thanks to Shaun for the quote.

"Chain gang looks good on you, freckles." Sawyer to Kate on "Lost."

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

It's a good thing "Prison Break" has been sort of awful this season because who knew Monday at 8 p.m. would become this stressful? I want to watch Chris compete for class president on "Everybody Hates Chris" (Monday, Te CW, 8 p.m.) and Lily move in with Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" (Monday, CBS, 8 p.m.). And by the way, you all were right. Ted has referred to Lily as Aunt Lily several times so she's definitely not the Mother in the title. Who could it be and when will we know?

I tell you this right now: Sara Gilbert is enough reason for me to start watching "The Class" (Monday, CW, 8:30 p.m.). Although it's very upsetting that Ritchie has a girlfriend (maybe they can go on a double date with John Stamos and his secret girlfriend on "ER").

I asked about "Studio 60" (Monday, NBC, 10 p.m.) and you all responded (seriously ,did you ever know that you're my heroes?) Many of you complained that the actual skits that Matt writes simply aren't that funny and the whole point of the show is that Matt is this brilliant, hilarious writer. You didn't like the musical opening number. You didn't like "Science Schmience" skit. I will definitely concede this point. If we are supposed to believe the show is experiencing its highest ratings in years, we probably should be laughing more at the skits. But I still love the show. This week Lauren Graham guest stars as herself. She's hosting the show while Sting is the musical guest.

"Weeds" is simply having a pitch-perfect season. I particularly love the way Nancy and Peter's ill-fated marriage is turning out. I just never know which way the show is going to go with them and what really surprises me is that Nancy is such a flawed mother and I'm so frustrated with her, but I'm still rooting for her to succeed. This week (Monday, Showtime, 10 p.m.), Zooey Deschanel guest stars as Andy's crazy ex-girlfriend.

So what will become of "Dancing with the Stars" (Tuesday, ABC, 8 p.m.) now that Sara Evans has taken herself out of the competition? Here's hoping they don't bring back someone who has been voted off just to have an extra episode. And while I'm on the "DwtS" subject, can someone please talk to Joey Lawrence about the sleeveless shirts he insists on wearing. They are all kinds of wrong.

I'm having a hard time with this "Luke and Lorelai were never right for each other, Christopher is the man for Lorelai" storyline on "Gilmore Girls" (Tuesday, CW, 8 p.m.), are you? And many of you wrote me that you would take the Lane is pregnant over the Rory tries phone sex story line any day of the week. And to those of you who thought Christopher called Lorelai "Lauren" during his confession of love last week, I went back and checked (new TiVo still going strong, nice new TiVo, good new TiVo) and he actually just called her "Lor" which has often been his nickname for her.

I have to say that a "who is the rapist at Hearst college" is an unsettling mystery for "Veronica Mars" (Tuesday, CW, 9 p.m.) to take on but I like the way its handling it and exploring the double standards and stereotypes that exist for women everywhere and particularly young college women. And for those of you who are worried that Logan has become too nice, fret not, he appears to be back to his bad boy ways this week. And such good times, Weevil returns this week as well. Now the big question is do we really think Kendall is dead?

A slew of familiar faces are on TV this week and it's not even November sweeps. Lake Bell reprises her role as Sally Heep on "Boston Legal" (Tuesday, ABC, 10 p.m.). Hmmm ... I wonder if her outfits have improved.

Sure, the show had its issues, but I never would have picked "Smith" to be the first casualty of the new TV season. Let's have a brief moment of silence that once again Simon Baker has been taken from us a weekly TV presence. Instead of "Smith," CBS airs a repeat of "Criminal Minds" at Tuesday at 10 p.m. Look for the new drama "3 Lbs." to take over this time slot in November.

I can't take it anymore with "Nip/Tuck" (Tuesday, FX, 10 p.m.). The show is just so, for lack of a better word, gross. I mean did we really need the recent Melissa Gilbert storyline? When Half-Pint is having a sexual relationship with her dog, I'm out. The entire show appears to have gone off the deep end. I have long accused "Nip/Tuck" of shocking the viewer for shock sake and not because it advanced any particular story line or character development. But this season seems worse than ever. Are you still watching "Nip/Tuck"? If so, write me and let me know what you think of this season.

Ian Somerhalder reprises his role as Boone on "Lost" (Wednesday, ABC, 9 p.m.)

We'll learn the winner of "Project Runway" (Go Michael) Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

I still like "Ugly Betty" (Thursday, ABC, 8 p.m.), but -- and this really is my recurring complaint this season -- I don't feel the need to tune in every week. It's a cute show but so far nothing more than that. And they go a little too far with making Betty unattractive. For instance, it might have been more funny and more interesting if Betty's makeover wasn't so outrageous last week. Even the mysterious masked woman doesn't have me that intrigued. I applaud the show for going for something completely different -- utter camp mixed with heart and mystery -- but I don't think the show has hit its stride quite yet. This week, Nicholas Gonzalez (last seen as the gardener romancing Marissa on "The O.C.") guest stars as an employee at a rival magazine.

Well, a bunch of people want me to remind you that "Kidnapped" has moved to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC. The show will air its remaining episodes in this time slot. I've received so much email about this show, so maybe we're all missing out on something. If you like the show and don't want to see it cancelled, fans of the series wanted me to remind you to go to the "Kidnapped" Board on www.nbc.com or www.myspace.com/kidnappedtheseries or www.myspace.com/leopoldcain.

It's now gotten to the point where I can pay my bills while watching "Desperate Housewives" (Sunday, ABC, 9 p.m.). I'll still tune in every week but I'm simply not riveted. And Lynette deserves such a better story line than the annoying Nora one.

That's all for today. I will be back next week to talk about "The Nine," "ER" (I can't stop watching), "Boston Legal" (has the show lost its mind?), "Men in Trees" (I promised to give the show another chance) and much, much more. Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com.

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