Favorites of 2008
Well, yes, parts of it. But this is the most wonderful time of the year (or at least that's what all the songs say) so let's take a look at some of my favorites of 2008.
Favorite Scheming College Student: Frannie (Tiffany Dupont) on Greek
Favorite place to find a Mad Man: Rich Sommer as Pam's art school friend on The Office.
Favorite place to find a Mad Woman: Christina Hendricks as Charlie's would-be step-mother on Life.
Favorite Go-To Mom: Jane Curtin who played a mom once again on Gary Unmarried
Favorite Ex-Girlfriend: P.J. on My Boys
Favorite Family: The Suarez on Ugly Betty
Favorite Go-To Daughters: The Panabaker sisters. Danielle Panabaker was Shark's daughter on Shark (and we just saw her last week on Eli Stone) while sis Kay Panabaker plays Catherine's daughter on CSI and will soon play Tim Roth's daughter on the new FOX series Lie to Me.
Favorite Go-To Brother: Seth Petersen delights as Michael's brother on Burn Notice.
Favorite brothers: Sam and Dean on Supernatural
Favorite Wedding to Look Forward to: Brenda and Fritz on The Closer
Favorite Reason to Stay Away from Wisteria Lane: Neal McDonough's Dave on Desperate Housewives.
Favorite Bad Boss: Michael on The Office
Favorite Good Boss: Jack Malone on Without a Trace, even if does date one of his co-workers
Favorite New Character to give good quote: Walter Bishop on Fringe
Favorite duo to give good quotes: The Winchester brothers on Supernatural
Favorite Reason Not to Hold a Grudge: Perhaps it's time to forgive and forget on the Rebecca is not a Walker story line on Brothers & Sisters.
Favorite Reason to Relive the 90s: 90210
Favorite Reason to go along with the wackiness: Boston Legal
Favorite Reason to blink and miss it drama: The CW Sunday night one-two punch of Valentine and Easy Money.
Favorite Reason to not blink and not miss it drama: My Own Worst Enemy
Favorite Reason to blink and miss it dramedy: The Ex-List
Favorite Reason to blink and miss it comedy: Do Not Disturb
Favorite Way to Introduce a New Character While Saying Goodbye to an Old One: CSI.
Favorite Partners: Charlie Crews and Dani Reese on Life
Favorite Ex-wife: Joy on My Name Is Earl
Favorite Ex-husband: Richard on The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Favorite Old Show to Populate Current Shows: Dawson's Creek. James Van Der Beek appeared on One Tree Hill and How I Met Your Mother, Katie Holmes tried to boost the ratings of Eli Stone and Joshua Jackson still has that ever charming smirk on Fringe.
Favorite Go-To Dad: Michael Nouri was Summer's dad on The O.C. and will reprise his role as Patty's husband in the new season of Damages. And we just learned he is the twins' grandfather on Privileged.
Favorite Recurring Character: Amy Aquino has been playing Dr. Janet Coburn on ER since the first season heartbreaker "Love's Labor Lost."
Favorite Bizarre Place to find a Lostie: L. Scott Caldwell, Rose on Lost, as Ricky's foster mom on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Favorite Bad Place to Find Good Guest Stars: The Cleaner and Private Practice
Favorite Good Place to Find Good Guest Stars: Without a Trace
Favorite reason to NOT Use Stunt Casting: Lindsay Lohan on Ugly Betty
Favorite transition from an HBO Show: Tristan Wilds from the Wire to 90210
Favorite way to pretend that Arrested Development is still on the air: Watching Jessica Walter on 90210
Favorite places to find a star of Arrested Development: Tony Hale who popped up on Chuck, ER and Samantha Who? this fall. And the good news we'll see him soon in the new FOX series Boldly Going Nowhere.
Favorite new series to look forward to in 2009: The one, the only Joss Whedon and his new series Dollhouse. And here's an early hint, I watched the Dollhouse pilot this weekend and the series has great potential.
Favorite place to see the stars of October Road: Life on Mars
Favorite Psychiatrist: Sweets on Bones
Favorite Recurring Gag: Rotating interns on Bones
Favorite Bad Show: One Tree Hill and Private Practice
Favorite Geek: Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Place for a Roseanne Reunion: The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Reason to always have hope: Friday Night Lights and Scrubs both return in January
Favorite Reason to not to try to justify what you have no business watching: The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Favorite example of putting 7th Heaven behind them: David Gallagher who showed up on Bones, Without a Trace and Saving Grace this year.
Favorite Place to Work: Buy More on Chuck and the Work Bench on Reaper
Favorite Place to hear Huey Lewis and the News: Chuck
Favorite guest star we are always happy to see: Melinda Clarke who reprised her role of Lady Heather on CSI, was seduced by Chuck and recently performed the dark truth on Eli Stone.
Those are some of my favorites of 2008. What are yours? Talk about it below.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for December 22-28
I have to confess I gave up on these guys awhile ago but fans will still want to tune into the fall finale of Prison Break Monday at 9 p.m. on FOX.
Christmas Eve is a time for classics old and new. NBC airs It's a Wonderful Life at 8 p.m. and the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story begins at 8 p.m. on TBS.
That's all for today. I'm back on Wednesday with favorite quotes of the year so now is the time to get your quote nominations in. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal