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I think you all know I can be somewhat singularly focused. So I've spent a lot of time this fall trying to drum up support for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (I know, I know, many of you think it's too pretentious, but I love it anyway) and far too much time talking about "The Class" (By the way the first "Class" support group meets this Monday at 8:30 p.m. If you were previously a member of the "Good Morning Miami" or "Freddie" support group, you will be automatically admitted. All other applicants will be handled on a case-by-case basis.)

So I thought now would be appropriate to turn my attention to two of the biggest new hits this season:

Save the cheerleader. Save NBC. You know, I really thought "Heroes" was an excellent idea in theory, but not in execution. It's totally my type of show (remember I love shows that exist in the regular world where extraordinary things happen, see: Vampire Slayer, Buffy) but the first couple of episodes didn't really speak to me. They were too slow moving and too affected (I still don't know how I feel about the comic book narration). However the show is starting to grow on me. First of all, I am for anything Greg Grunberg is in. Secondly, I love the evolving mystery: who's good and who's bad? What's the deal with Claire's father? How many gross ways can they have Claire put herself back together again? How will they all continue to find each other? I don't know if I'm fully on the "Heroes" bandwagon, but I'm definitely watching every week. This week (Monday, NBC, 9 p.m.), Hiro (breakout star Masi Oka) wonders if he's really a hero while Claire finds out who has her tape.

Now, promise not to be mad. Promise? I still don't love "Jericho." I'm having a difficult time getting behind Skeet Ulrich or caring about his romantic interests. I know it's kind of the point, but show still feels too claustrophobic to me. I like some of the subplots (like the mysterious Rod Hawkins) but overall there's still not enough there to compel me to watch each week. Remember how I felt about "Invasion" last year? There were some standout aspects of the show (like the fabulous William Fichtner) but overall the show felt like a bit of a chore to watch on a weekly basis. That's kind of how I feel about "Jericho." I'm not abandoning the show but I don't think I'll ever be its biggest fan.

What do you think of "Heroes" and "Jericho"? Talk about them and your other favorite new shows on the TV Gal Message Board.

Quotes of the Week

"I wish Paul Young was still around. He'd know what to do." Susan trying to figure out a way to kill Edie on "Desperate Housewives." Thanks to Jeff K. for the quote.

"I am a bitch with a capital 'C.'" Lynette on "Desperate Housewives." Can you believe this quote made it past the censors? Thanks to Ida for being the first to send in this very popular quote.

"McDreamy was doing the mcnasty with a mchottie? That mcbastard." George trying to act like Christina on "Grey's Anatomy."

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

I've received countless requests to remind you that Jack Coleman, Horned Rim Glasses on "Heroes," was the second Steve Carrington on "Dynasty." Tracie wanted to make sure everyone knew that Leonard Roberts D.L. Hawkins on "Heroes," was Nam-Ek last season on "Smallville" and Forrest Gates on "Buffy."

One of my all time favorites, Joshua Malina -- Jeremy on "Sports Night" and Will Bailey on "The West Wing" -- is the DA on "The Nine." I wonder how long it's going to take before he guest stars on "Studio 60."

Well, everyone was very excited to see Sarah Drew, Hannah on "Everwood," was on "Cold Case" last Sunday. And speaking of "Cold Case," Joanne recognized Charles "Chip" Esten as John Hawkins the DJ. Esten was a regular on "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and played Luke on "Party of Five." You can also currently see him as Jim's bike-riding boss on "The Office."

Michelle recognized Brian Kerwin as Carolyn's husband on "Desperate Housewives." What hasn't Kerwin been in? In addition to his countless guest appearances, Kerwin was Ariel's dad on "Nip/Tuck," C.J.'s boyfriend Ben on "The West Wing," and Rob on "Beggars & Choosers." Michelle also remembered that he's acted opposite Laurie Metcalf before. He played Jackie's boyfriend Gary on "Roseanne."

Edwin Hodge, Marcus on "Jack & Bobby," Brett on "Invasion" and Jamaal on "Boston Public," was the man whose girlfriend was pregnant with two children, except one of the babies wasn't his on "Grey's Anatomy."

Everyone was thrilled to see Diedrich Bader, Oswald on "The Drew Carey Show," on "Shark."

There was a little bit of a "Six Feet Under" reunion on "Brothers & Sisters." Robert Foxworth was the man hitting on Nora. He played Brenda's dad (Rachel Griffith) on "Six Feet Under," Pearce on "Lateline," we just saw him as a judge on "Boston Legal" and, I know this is dating me, but I loved him as Chase on "Falcon Crest."

Jeff recognized Andy Milder, Dean on "Weeds," as the immigration lawyer on "Ugly Betty."

That was Richard Grieco, Officer Dennis Booker on "21 Jump Street," as the father refusing to donate his bone marrow on "Veronica Mars." Jaime Ray Newman was the dean's wife on "Veronica Mars." She was Natalie on "E-Ring," Kylie on "Related," Lt. Laura Cadman on "Stargate: Atlantis."

Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for Nov. 6 to 12

Well you know I'm not exactly a patient woman (it is legendary among my friends how bad I am waiting for a table at a restaurant) and I think perhaps I judged "Prison Break" too quickly. When the show took a break for baseball and ended with Mahone killing Tweener, I had no faith that "Prison Break" knew what it was doing. I love the idea that Special Agent Alexander Mahone has been charged with killing all of the Fox River escapees. So, sure, I still have my complaints (Mahone's ex-wife wouldn't recognize Michael? Really? Who is he? Clark Kent? All he needs is a pair of glasses as his disguise?) and sometimes the corny dialogue really sends me over the edge (Lincoln's whole "I'm a target, kid" speech to LJ) and, sure, it would be nice if Lincoln took the time to button his shirt every once in awhile. But I love the fact that you simply never know what the show is going to do. Since "Prison Break" has proven itself to be a show willing to kill off any one at any time, I really felt like Sucre could have died a couple of weeks ago. And that makes for much more exciting viewing. Plus, I love the whole Sara/Michael communication. This week (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.) yet another actress plays Maricruz while a very familiar face returns.

Well it had to happen sometime. Marshall goes on a date on "How I Met Your Mother" (Monday, CBS, 8 p.m.).

Help. Me. Can't. Stop. Talking. About. The. Class. Need. Intervention. Now. Sara Gilbert returns Monday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

Oh, you didn't think I was going not discuss "Studio 60" (Monday, NBC, 10 p.m.), did you? This week John Goodman guest stars as a judge who doesn't want to let Tom out of jail.

Word is that "Friday Night Lights" (Tuesday, NBC, 8 p.m.) is going to cut back on the strange camera angles and unsettling close ups. This is good news because I still think this is a series that lends itself to less flashy more straight forward story telling.

I have to say Eko is the first character "Lost" character the show killed off who I will truly miss. I loved his back story and I loved what his character brought to the show. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje asked to be written off "Lost" (he wanted to spend more time with his family in England) but here's hoping he pulls a Boone and comes back from time to time. The Juliet flashcard scene totally freaked me out -- is Juliet telling the truth or is she the bad guy? Or is she still working with Ben as part of an elaborate scheme to break Jack? Does Ben even really have a tumor? And for those of you who think I can't criticize "Lost" get ready -- okay, I'm so not buying what the new characters are selling. I know we're supposed to believe that Nikki (Kiele Sanchez) and Paulo (Rodrigo Santoro) have been there all along (simply hanging out in the background) but their scenes seem so forced and frankly unnecessary. I'm not sure why we even need new characters on "Lost." On the final episode before the show's long winter's nap (remember it won't be back until February) it's all about Kate. And one of our favorites -– Nathan Fillion ("Firefly") -– guest stars.

You know, I'm all about fearless predictions. So I'm going to go ahead and predict that Lizzie is the one with a connection to the bank robbers on "The Nine" (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.). Like maybe she and Lucas knew each other before?

The Scranton branch is closing down on "The Office" (Thursday, NBC, 8:30 p.m.). Does this mean that Jim and Pam may finally work together again?

This is the episode of "Grey's Anatomy" (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.) that caused all the backstage brouhaha. The men of Seattle Grace Hospital go on a camping trip and apparently it was a little too much bonding time. Does anyone else think it's utterly preposterous that Burke would risk a patient's life by performing surgery when his hand isn't fully recovered? I might believe that Christina would help him, but not that he would actually perform such a risky open heart surgery when he knows his hand could fail him and his patient could die. You can look for signs of backstage tension Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

The miniature crime scenes return to "CSI" Thursday at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Kevin and Justin on "Brothers & Sisters" (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.) may be my two new favorite character this season.

That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about the return of "Medium," the premieres of "Daybreak" and "3LBS" and the worst hairstyles of the season (something strange is going on over on Wisteria Lane). We'll also talk through what's happening to the "Gilmore Girls" and much much more. Also coming in December the best of 2006: the best shows, the best characters, the best moments and the quotes of the year. So send me your favorite TV moments and quotes of 2006. 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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