TV Gal Looks At Fall Cast Changes
Before I start my in depth look at all the new shows, I thought we'd take a gander at some of the recent casting announcements and how they might affect some of our favorite shows.
Reiko Aylesworth on "ER:" Well, well, well I had no idea how many of you were still so loyal to "ER." And I must confess I might be talking tough with my decision to break up with the show this season – I'm not sure if after 14 years of never missing an episode I'll really be able to delete my season pass. And we all know how persnickety my TiVo can be, it may record the show even if I tell it not to. But now that Aylesworth, the dear departed Michelle Dressler on "24," is joining "ER" as a minister and a potential love interest for Tony (John Stamos), it's really going to be hard not to tune in. By the way, I'm starting my one woman campaign to get Carlos Bernard on the show so there can be a Tony and Michelle reunion.
Kristen Bell on "Heroes:" There are times when something happens in the world of TV that is so perfect that I almost think of it as a little love note from TV to us. (Dear TV Gal, We know you are still morning the loss of "Veronica Mars" and your email hasn't been working so we went ahead and cast Kristen Bell on "Heroes," Hugs and Kiss, Love TV). Seriously could anything be more perfect? She'll play a woman with ties to Peter's death, H.R.G.'s past and Claire's future. I cannot wait. Also joining the show this season are David Anders ("Alias"), Lyndsy Fonseca ("How I Met Your Mother"), Barry Shabaka Henley ("Miami Vice") and Jessica Collins ("The Nine"). Right now I totally heart "Heroes."
Olivia Wilde, Kal Penn, Peter Jacobson, Anne Dudek on "House:" I think this season of "House" is going to be like Thunderdome. Four interns enter Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital and only a few survive. I like this show best when they explore the character's interpersonal relationships and I can't wait to see how House reacts to having a completely new team.
Nathan Fillion on "Desperate Housewives:" There's nothing I wouldn't watch him in. He's one of my favorite actors and he finally seems to be on a show that's not in danger of being cancelled. Hooray.
Janeane Garofalo on "24" We know "24" needs all the help it can get (I so don't want to have to break up with the show) and I have to think that Garofalo as FBI systems analyst Janis Gold is a great place to start.
Glenn Morshower on "Friday Night Lights:" My favorite secret service agent on "24" as Landry Clarke's father. Another little love note from TV to me. I certainly didn't need a reason to tune into my new favorite series, but I'm thrilled to have Morshower back on TV again. If you go to www.nbc.com or www.houseparty.com you can find out how you can host your own "Friday Night Lights" viewing party on September 14.
What casting changes are you excited about? Write me at email@example.com (because now you can!) and let me know.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Christie recognized Abigail Spencer was Lyssa, PJ's college editor on "My Boys." She was the star of the Lifetime series "Angela's Eyes."
Talia Balsam is Mona Sterling on "Mad Men." She played Jack's ex-wife Maria on "Without a Trace." And fun fact, in real life, she's married to John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterlng on the series.
Rebecca Creskoff was Barbara on "Mad Men." She was Elizabeth on "Greetings from Tuscon," Carol on "Quintuplets," and Jennifer on "Girlfriends."
Donal Logue was Tom's fun-loving friend on "Damages." We saw him this season as Eugene on "The Knights of Prosperity," Sean on "Grounded for Life," Chuck on "ER," and the star of the movie "The Tao of Steve."
Debra Monk is Ellen's mother on "Damages." She's George's mom on "Grey's Anatomy" and was Katie Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue."
Shawn Christian was Jenny's first love Jack on "Side Order of Life." He was Johnny on "Summerland" and Dr. Derek Stephenson on "Las Vegas."
Garrett recognized John Wesley Shipp was the business man who was having an affair with the murder victim on "The Closer." Shipp was Dawson's dad Mitch on "Dawson's Creek" and Barry Allen in 1990 series "The Flash."
Lucy Davis was the editor of the on-line magazine on "Californication." She was Lucy Kenwright on "Studio 60" and Dawn on the British version of "The Office." Pamela Adlon is Charlie's wife Marcy. She was Kim in the HBO series "Lucky Louie" and the voice of Bobby on "King of the Hill." And of course that was Paula Marshall as the woman Hank met at his ex-wife's house. She was Regina on "Out of Practice," Rebecca on "Veronica Mars," Dana on "Snoops" and Claire on "Cupid." We'll see her soon on "Nip/Tuck."
I wanted to make sure everyone knew that Terry Serpico is doing double duty this summer. He's playing Frank Sherwood on "Army Wives" and Tommy's cousin Eddie on "Rescue Me."
A.J. Buckley played Anna Faris' boyfriend on "Entourage." He's Adam Ross on "CSI:NY."
Jeremy Sisto was P.J.'s ex-boyfriend Thorn on "My Boys." Sisto was Billy on "Six Feet Under," Knapp on "Kidnapped," and we'll see him soon as the new detective on "Law & Order."
Quotes of the Week
"College isn't about learning. It's a four year course about how to get by." Rusty to Casey on "Greek."
"I'm a write. Non practicing." Hank on "Californication."
"Stop talking like Randy Jackson." Anna Faris to her boyfriend on "Entourage."
"Yea, it's annoy" Bobby about Brendan's new habit of shortening his words on "My Boys." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
"Do you think he's really the host of 'The Price is Right?'" Amber about Drew Carey on "Big Brother." Eric promptly replied "no."
"Have you seen '24' Drama because I have?" Turtle to Drama when he's nervous about flying on "Entourage."
"For the love of Peter Petrelli, will you two cut it out." Hillary to Lori and Declan on "Kyle XY." Thanks to Lee for the quote.
"The TPS Reports, thanks." Janet evoking "Office Space" on "Rescue Me." Thanks to Rachel for the quote.
"Some people are just born evil. That kid from "The Omen." The Children of the Corn. Chad Michael Murray." - Gus on "Psych" Thanks to Sonya for the quote.
"I try to avoid eye contact to avoid being blinded by the earnestness." Don about Peggy on "Mad Men."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for September 3 – September 9
Did you not see Justin Timberlake when he came to your town? There's no reason to cry me a river (sorry I couldn't resist). His "Futuresex/Loveshow" airs on HBO Monday at 9 p.m.
So right now we have two characters on television who women cannot resist - Tommy on "Rescue Me" and Hank on "Californication" (Monday, Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) My question to you is this who is more believable as irresistible to women? I've asked this question informally to my friends and everyone seems to universally agree that a fireman has more appeal than a writer. Do you agree? I think I may be all set with "Californication" - it's just too much objectification of women for me. One episode where two women ask Hank to assess their naked bodies? It's not working for me. Is it working for you?
"Lincoln Heights" returns for a second season Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. This is the show that keeps ABC Family true to its name – it's a stellar family drama, something that we don't have enough of on TV these days.
Hmmmm . . . will you miss Amber discussing how God is watching "Big Brother" (Tuesday, CBS, 8 p.m.) and has a plan for her in the game? I sure won't. But I am wondering if Jessica is going to be mad at Eric when she discovers that he's been America's player the entire game?
I can't believe how wrong I was about "Last Comic Standing" (Wednesday, NBC, 9 p.m.). Surprisingly, Gerry Dee, who I thought had coasted to the finals (he never was challenged) had the best set two weeks in a row. I'm now predicting Amy and Gerry as the final two.
"Rescue Me" (Wednesday, FX, 10 p.m.) is becoming a little bit like a daytime soap for me. I want to fast forward through all of Tommy's scenes to get to the stuff with the guys in the firehouse.
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns for another season of awkwardness Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. Vivica A. Fox also begins her guest star stint on the show in a story line that I think will prove to be hilarious as the season progresses.
HBO's controversial series "Tell Me You Love Me" premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. The series stars Sonya Walger (Desmond's one true love on "Lost"), Ally Walker ("Profiler"), and Tim Dekay ("Party of Five"). Yes the scenes are quite graphic but once you get past that, I didn't find the story lines compelling enough to tune into the show every week. I'd love to hear what you think after you watch the show. So let me know.
That's all for today. I'm back next week with my picks for the best and worst new fall shows from each network, the return of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the season finale of "Greek" (yay Charisma Carpenter) and much much more. I hope you are having a fantastic Labor Day. I cannot wait to begin discussing the 2007-2008 television season with you. Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.