TV Gal Makes Room for Some Changes
Next week, my column will be changing to a blog format. Whoo-hoo! Come with me as we enter the new millennium.
This means I will be able to communicate with you more regularly and in a more timely fashion. I will now post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And you will be able to post comments directly to my blog. All the regular TV Gal features like quotes and familiar faces will be there. And I would love your thoughts on other regular features you would like to see on the TV Gal blog or any other suggestions. So definitely write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you're thinking.
Want more good news? This is the first column of the new season. Happy New TV Season to you and yours (seriously, Hallmark should so make a card for this occasion). Therefore, it's time to revisit my ratings system.
Five Stars: This show is so wonderful I don't leave home when it's on for fear my
Four Stars: This show is in my TV rotation and will be recorded every week (examples:
Three Stars: I won't TiVo this show, but if I'm home, I'll make a point to watch it (example:
Two Stars: If I'm home and I need to watch something while I'm folding laundry, I'll watch this show (example: "Las Vegas,"
One Star: If I'm home, I won't turn on the TV for fear this show will be on (I'm too happy about the new season starting to put a show in this category. Simply insert your most despised TV show here).
I will use this rating system to let you know what I think of what I've seen so far. But by now we all know that TV shows are a work in progress. They need time to find their voice, hone their story telling and discover what works (and what doesn't). Shows that I thought were merely average in the beginning have become my favorites (see "The Office" or "Brothers & Sisters"). Pilots that I absolutely adored never lived up to their true potential (even though I watched "Studio 60" to the end, I acknowledge there were many, many flaws with the show). So, as the season progresses - and we learn what shows will live to see November - I will check back in on the new shows to see how they are doing. I promise.
Now let's move on to the okay news. Three new shows premiere this week and they all are just that: okay.
And, with a heavy sigh, I must now bring you the bad news. I think you all know how much I loved
The first two episodes of the new season are really, really bad. The thing is this really is a show that should have let the dream go after the first thrilling season. It just seems so boring to have Michael in prison with Lincoln charged with rescuing him. And the show has always had plot holes the size of Cleveland and required a lot of willing suspension of disbelief. But I can't get on board with the fact that they would have all ended up in the same prison. With respect to what the show once was and because I think Wentworth Miller is doing a great job with a lousy script I will say no more. After you've watched the show, let me know what you think.
Um, can you take more bad news? I have seen the pilot of
Quotes of the Week
"I've been a homicide investigator for more than 20 years. I have seen more crime scenes than I can possibly count. Well, 410, but that's not the point." Monk to a parole board on "Monk." Thanks to Dean for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Kurt recognized Crista Flanagan as the switchboard operator with a crush on the art director on "
Ken was the first person to recognize Fredric Lehne, as the mysterious witness who suddenly appeared on "The Closer." Lehne, was the yellow-eyed demon on
And Joanna wanted me to remind everyone that Michael Landes, who is Evan, the botanist romancing PJ on "My Boy," played Kirk McCraig on "The Wonder Years." By the way I don't think it was Evan who was waiting for PJ in first class, do you? I'm voting for the baseball player. Who's with me?
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are for September 17 to 23
So, I want to double down right now that I think Hollis Nye, the only lawyer Ellen trusts at this point is in cahoots with Patty Hewes on
Danielle or Evil Dick? I'm torn. Both benefited from their alliance and Danielle really dominated in the competitions. But Evil Dick has been fairly honest, in his own way, with everyone. More importantly, can you believe I care about this? "
CBS didn't send out an episode for review so there's not much I can tell you about "Kid Nation," the most controversial show of the season, which premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Forty children lived by themselves (or as alone as you can be on a reality show) for 40 days in Bonanza City, New Mexico. The kids were charged with forming their own society. In general, I don't feel great about real kids being used for entertainment purposes but I'm withholding judgment until I've seen the first episode.
"Burn Notice," which was picked up for a second season (yay), has a two-hour finale Thursday at 9 p.m. The show won't return next summer (booooo).
That's all for today. I'm back next week the premiere of the TV Gal blog. I'll have a look at the season premieres of "How I Met Your Mother," "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters,"