How do I love these TV couples? I don't. Romance on 'Grey's,' 'House,' and more
Valentine's Day is about two weeks away and on Friday I'll chat about some of my favorite TV couples currently on TV. But before we get to the romance, I thought we would take a gander at some of the more dysfunctional couples currently on TV.
Cristina and Owen on "Grey's Anatomy" (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.): See I was all for their relationship - for awhile there it was the only mature, fairly believable one on the show. I even liked the addition of Teddy. I liked that Teddy was so honest about her feelings for Owen and I thought it could make for quite an interesting love triangle. But as much as we know Cristina puts her career above all else, I still thought it was completely bizarre that Cristina would tell Teddy she could have Owen if that meant Teddy would stay at Seattle Grace. Is it a good thing when you consider your significant other property that can be traded? I don't think so. Their relationship is ruined now. I mean how do you recover from that kind of statement - that the person you love is expendable.
Charlotte and Cooper on "Private Practice" (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.): You know how when you break up with someone, you sometimes think that person needs to move to another state just so you don't have to deal with him/her anymore. That's kind of how I feel about Cooper and Charlotte - one of them has to leave the show (I so vote for Charlotte). I cannot tolerate their constant bickering any longer. As I've long said, they seem to have the same exact fight each week. It's not interesting and it makes Cooper less likable character with each passing episode. I can't even begin to understand the point of their storyline.
Kitty and Robert on "Brothers & Sisters:" It's kind of a good thing that Rob Lowe is leaving the series and Calista Flockhart's role will be reduced next season because right now their relationship makes no sense. Last season, Kitty almost had an affair because she was so upset with Robert's choice to run for Governor without discussing it with her and that he continued to run in spite of his heart attack and now she's going to run for his Senate seat? Did they all forget last season even happened?
Thirteen and Foreman on "House:" Yes their breakup is more annoying because of House's constant nagging and pushing of buttons but I really need them to stop fighting and focus on treating patients.Again, their fighting is all to familiar each week. That might be what can happen in real life but it makes for very boring TV.
What are your least favorite couples on TV right now? Talk about it below.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for the week of February 1 - 7
"One Tree Hill" (Monday, CW, 8 p.m.) is a completely ridiculous show. As has been previously entered into evidence, it is actually more montage than hour-long drama. But I still kind of love this idea - the show is paying tribute to the late director John Hughes by having all the characters have storylines reminiscent of some of his classic 80's movies. So everyone forgets Hayley's birthday and Jackson is left home alone.
We get to meet Baze and Cate's parents on "Life Unexpected" (Monday, CW, 9 p.m.) Cynthia Stevenson, who many of us have loved even before she played a mom "Dead Like Me," guest stars as Cate's mom. I think this episode is by far the best one of the three the CW made available for review. That's a good sign because it means the show is getting better every week. Want more good news? Next week Merrilyn Gann, Rose on "Everwood," guest stars as the principal of Lux's school.
So did you love the season premiere of "Damages" (Monday, FX, 10 p.m.) as much as I did? As sad as I'm that we already know Tom dies (I love his character), his murder does make for a fantastic mystery doesn't it? I'm so much more invested because I care so much about his character. This week Michael Nouri is back as Patty's estranged husband Phil. If you tuned out of "Damages" last season, now is the time to tune back in.
Before the two hour premiere of "Lost" on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC, the network is airing the special "Lost: Final Chapter" at 8 p.m., which will attempt to recap five seasons of mythology into one hour. For those of you who took a peak at the opening minutes of tomorrow's premiere, what do you think? There's part of me that believes it's a total red herring and not the opening minutes at all. I can't wait to begin to find out what it all means. By the way, ABC just announced you can buy official "Lost" photos here.
Meryl Streep's daughter, Mamie Gummer, guest stars on "The Good Wife" (Tuesday, CBS, 9 p.m.). Many of you have asked me why there have been so many repeats of "The Good Wife." By the end of the season the show will air 22 episodes, the same number of episodes as most network shows. The difference is that CBS kind of kicks it old school style. Instead of preempting the show or taking it off the air, the network airs repeats. Even though there's an overall arc and mystery to the show (was Peter set up?), the episodes can stand alone as a legal drama. So CBS keeps airing the episodes hoping to gain new viewers and keeping the show's time slot consistent.
James Van der Beek begins his guest star stint on "Mercy" this Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. He'll play the new head of ICU. "Mercy" is definitely becoming something of a guilty pleasure. I still don't think it's a good show but it definitely has the characteristics of a "so bad, it's good" show.
My favorite secret TV boyfriend, Luke Perry, guest stars on "Leverage" this Wednesday at 10 p.m. He'll play a man who pretends to be a psychic to take all the money he can from grieving clients. The resolution to the episode was definitely not what I expected which is a good thing. I like it when the show can surprise me.
As I told you last week, it's time for the "winter finales" of "Bones" and "Fringe." Yes "winter finale" is totally a made up term and one I find highly annoying but these shows are going into repeats for a little bit so it's probably best that we come to terms with it. Joshua Malina, who will just saw as Wilson's selfish friend Tucker on "House" (remember Wilson gave him one of his kidneys), guest stars as a doctor tied to a case on "Bones" (Thursday, FOX, 8 p.m.) "Fringe" (Thursday, FOX, 9 p.m.) ends on a huge cliffhanger as viewers get more information on that pesky alternate universe.
Let's hope the second "The Office" (Thursday, NBC, 9 p.m.) episode of 2010 fares better than the first. Kathy Bates guest stars as the new corporate owner of Dunder Mifflin while Pam and Jim search for a day care provider. In the past the show has done well when the Dunder Mifflin world is shaken up - I was one of the ones who loved The Michael Scott Paper Company diversion last season. But since with the exception of the wedding episode, the show has been more uneven than usual this year. The writers need to start by reigning Michael back in. When he gets too ridiculous, the show does too.
Jan Hooks guest stars as Jenna's mother in a hilarious outing of "30 Rock" (Thursday, NBC, 9:30 p.m.)
As much as I complain about "Private Practice" (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.), I have to say I found the way the show handled Maya's pregnancy quite compelling. Naomi and Sam's reactions were completely believable and the series has done a nice job of leading up to this moment. This week Rosanna Arquette guest stars as the mother of Maya's boyfriend.
I'm so glad the judges eliminated Ping on "Project Runway" (Thursday, Lifetime, 10 p.m.) She was dangerously close to becoming the Sanjaya of the competition. The season is definitely being helped by better challenges (like the potato sack) and the consistence presence of Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. But I still don't have a favorite candidate I'm rooting for, do you?
TV Gal Update
So I have some exciting news to share. I'm pregnant! My husband and I are expecting our first child at the end of February. (To answer the question everyone asks - we don't know if we are having a boy or a girl. We decided not to find out). What this does mean is that I will be taking some time off from writing the TV Gal blog. Right now the plan is for me to write my last post on Friday, February 12 and return at the beginning of June. So unless little Sawyer or Bufffy (just kidding those aren't the real names we have picked out, don't panic) decides to make an early debut, I'll have three more regular TV Gal blog posts.
I'll definitely miss chatting with all of you about "Lost," "American Idol," "Damages," "Greek," "Modern Family," "The Office," and all the other TV shows we love. While I'm gone, my old blog posts will remain up so that you all can continue to chat with each other about important TV topics.
So that's all for today. I'm back on Friday with my picks for my favorite TV couples currently on TV , quotes of the week and more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Friday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal