TV Gal Unveils the Categories
This is my favorite time of year to write my column because I get the best peek into your worlds. Thank you so much for your emails and suggestions. And as much as I would like to have categories like "Logan Moment That Made Me Melt" or "Best Barney Moment," or "Best Musical Episode," I had to go with categories that were a little more broad based
So out of your most popular categories, I picked 12 unique ones to give the Amy Awards some variety and 12 categories that could produce five nominations that would include more than one show. (So categories like Best Hero on "Heroes" were ruled out, as were rants against Sanjaya). I also collapsed some that were very similar into one category (hence Best Character and Best New Character are the same category). My favorite category this year is "Best Show TV Gal Never Talks About." I can't wait to see what shows make it into that category.
The Amy Awards always reflect the television season that was and this year is no exception. Remember in the Amy Awards you pick the categories, the nominations and the winners. So now you need to vote for five nominees in each category.
The 12 categories are listed on the message board. Post your nominations to each category. Remember the nominations must be shows (either network or cable) from this season (July 2006 to June 2007). So although "Everwood" still lives on in our hearts, it is not eligible for nominations this year.
Here are the categories for the 2007 Amy Awards:
1. I was Born at Night but Not Last Night Award (Worst Plot or Storyline)
2. I Really Shouldn't Be Doing This (Best Guilty Pleasure)
3. Excuse Me, I'd Like My Emotional Investment Back (Most Beloved Canceled Show)
4. Kleenex Made a Fortune (Best Tearjerker)
5. I Was Dead For A Couple Of Minutes (Most Shocking Moment)
6. Character You Most Wish You Could Magically Be Rather Than Being Boring Old You (Best Character)
7. If Only Amy Would Talk More About This Show (Best Show TV Gal Never Talks About)
8. You Should Be On Every Week (Best Guest Star)
9. Sorry Addison, but THIS Character Deserves a Spin-Off (Character Most Deserving of a Spin-Off)
10. You Had Me at Hello (Best New Show)
11. You Can Say That Again (Best Quote)
12. How Come It's Not YOU That's Dead? (Worst Character)
You have until Thursday, June 14 at 5 p.m. to submit your nominations by clicking here. Thanks again to everyone who sent me their suggestions for categories.
Quotes of the Week
"I am leaving; you are about to explode." Teal'c, to a Jaffa terrorist, on "Stargate: SG-1." Thanks to Steve for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Jennie recognized John Cabrera, Brian on "Gilmore Girls," as one of the writers on "Studio 60." James Lesure, Mike on "Las Vegas" and who we saw in the season finale of "Lost," was the Captain sent to be with Tom.
"24" Season Finale
Well I finally watched the two hour season finale of "24." I don't know how to explain my reluctance to watch it but it became a little bit like, "Mom do I have to watch '24'? Do I?" It loomed large as a nearly insurmountable task.
Perhaps because I dreaded it so much, in the end, I didn't think it was that bad –- it was just boring. Even counting how many times characters said, "damn it" only entertained me for the first 15 minutes.
But let's wrap up the season with a few closing thoughts:
1. This is not a show that can suffer bad actors. Since the characters are stuck with often explanatory and, at times, preposterous dialogue, the show needs actors who can do a lot with a little. And let's be honest many members of CTU were not up to the task this year. Except for Mike Doyle (and my Ricky better be back next season), there wasn't a Michelle, Tony or Edgar in the bunch.
2. The show needs characters we can immediately connect with, more President and Martha Logans. It seemed that President Palmer's sister and boyfriend could have been that this season, but the show never quite figured out how to write for them and they were tossed aside and forgotten.
3. I can't believe the season ended without telling us whether President Logan was dead or alive.
4. I think the show set up Bill and Karen to go off the grid next season. Now they're both practiced in disobeying direct orders in favor of what they think is right, they're perfectly poised to help Jack in his shenanigans next season. In a related story, I so totally heart Bill Buchanan. And I'm so glad he lived to see Season Seven.
5. I like the way it ended with a teary Jack looking out over the water. For one thing, it leaves next season totally open and doesn't box the writers into a story like the end of Season Five did. And I love the idea that Jack has had it and is realizing that the country he has always protected wasn't willing to protect him. "The only think I have ever done is what you and people like you have asked of me." Damn it, Jack you're right. And I think this ending gives the writers the opportunity to totally regroup next season.
Okay let's take a moment and collectively hope that Season Seven is better.
Let us never speak of this season of "24" again.
Denis Leary and his bevy of badly behaving boys return for a fourth season Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX. Last season, my complaint was that the show was making all the female characters one-dimensional (they were all crazy and they all wanted to sleep with Tommy Gavin). So I'm thrilled to report that I completely enjoyed the first three episodes of the season. Sure, I could live without Jennifer Esposito playing a volunteer firefighter obsessed with dating Tommy, and I would prefer a less myopic view of all the female characters. But the show has returned to what it does best: the repartee of the men in the firehouse. That is where the dialogue smartly crackles with humor and the topics of discussion vacillate between hilarious and poignant.
There's a story arc that comes to completion in the third episode that is heart-wrenching and handled believably and beautifully. After you've watched, the season premiere of "Rescue Me" let me know what you think.
'Gilmore Girls' and 'Veronica Mars'
The surprise pick up of "Jericho" for seven episodes has breathed hope into many Save Our Show campaigns. I love that sending nuts to the president of CBS actually changed their minds. (By the way, if I ever went into hiding, only one of you would have to mail me a tiny piece of dark chocolate and I could be lured back out.)
Well, most of you did not agree with my take on the series finale of "Gilmore Girls" and have continued their movement to bring back the series for an eighth season. To learn more about it, check out www.petitionspot.com/petitions/great8mandate
And, to see how many people have joined me in my world of denial about the cancellation of "Veronica Mars," check out scramblenetwork.wordpress.com/mars and find out how you can send Mars bars to the head of the CW. Also don't forget to check out, www.saveveronicamars.tv.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for June 11 to 17
I still am not big on "Big Love," which returns for a second season Monday at 9 p.m. Once you strip away the show's scandalous premise (a man with three wives!), I think the show is rather boring. How about you?
ABC Family's hit series "Kyle XY" returns for its second season Monday at 8 p.m. Don't get the cable channel? Fret not, the episode will also air this Friday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Bob Barker, come on down. The iconic game show host presides over his last episode of "The Price is Right" Friday at 11 a.m. on CBS. This is such an important event that CBS is giving Barker's farewell primetime exposure. The network will repeat the episode at 8 p.m. on Friday
I don't even know what to say about "Meadowlands," which premieres this Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m. The show commits one of the big no-no's for any series. It's bizarre for the sake of being bizarre not because it advances the plot or helps the show in any way. It's trying to be strange just because it's on cable. After you watch the show let me know what you think.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with your picks for the nominees for 2007 Amy Awards. I'll also talk about the return of Dr. Brown and his new series "Heartland" and the return of my favorite summer show "The Closer." Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to post your nominations for the 2007 Amy Awards.