Phew. It's finally here - the best new show of the season. After weeks of lackluster shows and retreads of things we've already seen before comes a show with a fresh new spin on storytelling, an innovative premise, stellar performances and lots of dimples.
"The Nine" premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC. And I simply loved the show. "The Nine" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" are the only two shows I've added to my season pass on TiVo (that's part of my new kinder, gentler approach to TiVo, more on that below).
Kim Raver, Scott Wolf and Tim Daly are among the people held hostage during a bank robbery. What makes this show so unique, is that the entire season will unfold to show us what happened during the 52-hour hostage crisis. And while the show caused all sorts of problems for "Prison Break" ("The Nine" also stars John Billingsley, the original President's not-so-dead brother and Camille Gusty, Sucre's beloved), it' s well worth it. Five stars.
This is my first official assignment of the TV year. After you watch "The Nine," you must let me know what you think.
The Old Adventures with New TiVo
Well the healing process has begun. As most of you know, three weeks ago I woke up, turned on my TV and my TiVo was saying "Welcome ... warming up." And I thought, "Why are you warming up? You've been warmed up for over two years. What's wrong? Are you sick?" And it went down hill from there. A very nice lady on the TiVo help line informed me (and if I ever meet you I promise to do my impersonation), "Amy, I'm sorry to tell you everything you saved is gone. It's all gone. I know this is hard. I love my TiVo too." Frankly I felt a little betrayed.
Before I hooked up my new TiVo, we had a little talk. I explained that if I was making it save too many programs or record too much all it had to do was tell me. There was no need be all dramatic and act out with a total hard drive crash. And really there's no need for such bad behavior right before the launch of the new season. Thanks to all of you who sent me supportive messages during this very difficult time. It was good to hear from people who totally understood my pain -- not to mention the readers who made me so proud by informing me they own four TiVos. So slowly but surely the trust with new TiVo is being rebuilt. I will keep you posted.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Michelle recognized Monica Keena as the current wife of the dead music producer (Danny Bonaduce) on "CSI." Keena was Eric's girlfriend Kristen on "Entourage," Abby on "Dawson's Creek," and was the girl stuck to another man after a train accident on "Grey's Anatomy." And I'm placing her for the first time in the "so deserves her own show" file.
Everyone was so thrilled to see Diana Scarwid, Karen on "Wonderfalls," as homeowner Jeanette Owens on "Prison Break." She'll be back this week.
John recognized Christine Rose as Nathan and Peter's mother on "Heroes." She was Mike's mom on "Friends," Lydia on "Picket Fences," and Christopher's mother on "Gilmore Girls."
Kids they grow up so fast. While his brother Joey breaks rules on "Dancing with the Stars," Andrew Lawrence is playing Brady on "Runaway." Lawrence was in the show "Brotherly Love" and was Ted on "Oliver Beene." Thanks to Nicole for recognizing this familiar face.
Rob recognized Wayne Wilcox, Marty on "Gilmore Girls," as J-Train on "Law & Order."
Frankly, we're all a little worried that Kyle Gallner is going to be typecast. Gallner, Cassidy (I'll never call him Beaver again) on "Veronica Mars," was the teenager who shot everyone in a shopping mall on "Cold Case." He was also Jason in "Big Love." Will Rothhaar, Mickey on "Listen Up," was the other teenage shooter. Jeannette Brox, Dex on "Jack & Bobby," Lexi on "Saved," and who we saw on "Without a Trace" and "Crossing Jordan" last season, was the girl who told the boys to start shooting.
Brian Kerwin, the creepy father of Matt's white supremacist girlfriend on "Nip/Tuck," C.J.'s boyfriend Ben on "The West Wing" and Rob on "Beggars and Choosers," was the man who kidnapped and abused children on the season premiere of "Without a Trace."
And so many of you were thrilled to see Tyler Labine, Dave last season on "Invasion," as the new prosecutor on "Boston Legal."
Quotes of the Week
"That's me. I'm fast. I'm the perfect storm of caffeine and genetics." Lorelai on "Gilmore Girls."
"Dude, I full on Swayze'd that mother." Dean to Sam and their dad on "Supernatural." Thanks to Barry for the quote.
"One of the things this show does is decide what's cool, and I've just decided it's no longer cool for grown men to dress as if they're in junior high school." Matt on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Thanks to Aino for the quote.
"Oh please, if there were new guys, they would have shown up in the season premiere." Denny to Jeffrey and Claire on "Boston Legal." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
"Do they still make floozies? I thought they discontinued floozies in the forties." Matthew to Christine on "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
"I love inside jokes. I'd love to be part of one someday." Michael on "The Office."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for October 2 to 8
Alas, one of the things Old TiVo took from me was the series finale of "Everwood" and it still doesn't look like we'll see the remaining seasons of my favorite series on DVD any time soon (all together now BOOOOOO). So thank goodness ABC Family begins airing "Everwood" Monday at 6 p.m.
You know it was one thing when there was nary a Walsh left in Beverly Hills, but I'm not sure how "7th Heaven" (Monday, CW, 8 p.m.) can continue with so few Camden children. I mean times are tough when Sam and David get fourth billing. This week, Lucy lies to Kevin, Martin cooks for Sandy, and Annie and Eric talk about their missing children.
Do we need another hero? Judging by the ratings, you guys definitely think so. It's not that I thought "Heroes" (Monday, NBC, 9 p.m.) was a bad show, but after watching three episodes I keep waiting for the show to actually start. We still seem to be mired in way too much exposition. But on paper "Heroes" is definitely my type of show. I'm all for shows where extraordinary things happen in an ordinary regular world. That's why I love "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Harry Potter" and I'm not so much with the "Lord of the Rings." And sometimes shows like this take awhile to get started so I'll keep tuning in but so far I want the show to be better than it is. This week one of my favorites, Greg Grunberg, joins the cast as a police officer who can hear other people's thoughts. What do you think of "Heroes"? Let me know.
Okay, I simply must discuss Scott Bakula's hair on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (Monday, CBS, 9:30 p.m.). Is he trying to channel Farrah Fawcett's look on "Charlie's Angels"? How else would you explain his feathered style? But hair issues aside, if you haven't been watching this show, I've officially decided you should be.
Here's my problem with "Friday Night Lights" (premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC). It was too busy with flashy camera work. The series about a football coach (the always charming Kyle Chandler) who comes to Dillon, Texas where football is the world, lends itself to more straight forward story telling. The pilot was way too affected and detracts from what could be a stellar series. For now three stars.
Okay, I'm all set with Jerry Springer's poor-little-me shtick on "Dancing with the Stars" (Tuesday, ABC, 8 p.m.). After he dances the waltz this week, I want him off the show. And does anyone else get the feeling that there is some serious hanky panky going on behind the scenes?
Girl power activate. "Veronica Mars" returns for a third season Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The CW. I've seen the first two episodes of the season and we're off to a great start. I don't want ruin anything but I will say the following: 1) We'll find out what was in the suitcase by the end of episode two and 2) There's a familiar face playing a new character. Can you guess which character?
Some say the proof is in the pudding. I say the proof is in the second episode and "Smith" (Tuesday, CBS, 10 p.m.) is officially on probation with me. You can't have an extended motorcycle chase/music montage 15 minutes into your second episode. Unacceptable.
"Lost" is back for a third season Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) and Michael Emerson (Henry Gale) join the cast full time but Harold Perrineau (Michael) will be missing from the opening credits.
Something just seems to be lacking from this season of "The Amazing Race" (Sunday, CBS, 10 p.m.) but I can't quite figure out what. Can you? Although I am totally rooting for the couple from Kentucky.
Is Eva Longoria are using the same stylist as Scott Bakula? Gabby looked so retro on "Desperate Housewives" (Sunday, ABC, 9 p.m.) she might as well have been doing all her scenes on roller skates (maybe she got too attached to her "Public Affair" look). I'm disappointed that this season's mystery seems so similar to season one. How about you?
Well I've been informed by my mother that I should give "Brothers & Sisters" (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.) another chance because she liked the show and she feels I was way too hard on the series. Don't worry mom. I'll be tuning in this week.
That's all for today. I will be back next week to talk about "Grey's Anatomy" (and it's McThird season), the return of "What About Brian," thoughts on "Gilmore Girls" and "Prison Break" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.