TV Gal Is Conflicted by The CW
How can I boycott The CW yet still watch "Everybody Hates Chris," "Veronica Mars" and "Gilmore Girls"? It is quite the conundrum.
Last week was one of the more wacky upfront weeks networks have seen in a long time. A week that answered the question -- when is a series finale not a series finale? (Two words: "7th Heaven." Get ready for twinsapoolza and I can only assume, Simon discovering he's the father of Sandy's baby). A week that saw the surprise (and most welcome) pick ups of "What About Brian" and "The Loop." A week that saw all the networks say "It is so on on Thursday night."
But you know what I want to talk about don't you? The positively devastating and callous cancelation of "Everwood." Kids, this one hurts even more than your typical "I can't believe 'Once and Again' isn't coming back next season" pain. Networks cancel my favorite shows all the time and, well, I've had to get used to it. If I didn't you find me rocking in the corner, still chanting about "Boomtown." But canceling "Everwood" feels like I won't be able to see members of my own family next season.
And I want to apologize to all the "One Tree Hill" fans out there in advance (it's okay, we don't have to agree on everything), but it is so insulting that the tawdry "One Tree Hill" will be back next season and "Everwood" will not. I'm getting the feeling that the world could end and "One Tree Hill" would still be in production. The show simply won't die.
Okay, well, we have a lot to talk about this week so I need to move on, but it's going to take me quite a long time to get over this one.
"Will & Grace" Series Finale
I'm simply not a fan of any kind of time travel in a series finale. And this is a show that spent eight seasons predicated on the lasting friendship of Will and Grace, and we're supposed to believe that they spent over 20 years not talking to each other just because their lives went in different directions? That there is no way their friendship could have been sustained once they both found the love of their life?
But I'm willing to confess that I cried (and so did my mom) when Jack and Karen sang "Unforgettable" to each other. It was a classy and perfect moment. The kind of moment I'll always remember when I think of that show. But the rest of the finale I could have done without.
How about you? What did you think of the series finale of "Will & Grace?" Talk about it on the TV Gal message board.
"Grey's Anatomy" Season Finale
I wish you all could hear my (if I do say so myself) spot-on impersonation of Meredith's whiny "I'm with Finn now. And he has plans."
I'm so all set with both Meredith and Derek. If you want to be together, be together. It's not like one of them is off at war. Derek needs to grow up, divorce his wife and be with Meredith if that's what he wants. I think the show made a critical error by having them sleep together (and I'm telling you all I could think about was, hmmm ... with all those people around, wouldn't you want to lock the door?). Derek is considerably less Dreamy; he's an indecisive loser. I guess any time a TV show gets me this riled up it's a good sign that I have a vested interest in the series. I'll have much more to say about the finale (like why are they making Callie look so horrible?) next week.
Quotes of the Week
"The only people who don't know that Derek loves Meredith are Derek and Meredith." Addison to Richard on "Grey's Anatomy." Word.
"With this we conclude our first season of 'Earl.' We are very thankful for your support and we hope to see you next fall." What Catalina said in Spanish on the season finale of "My Name is Earl." Thanks to Sean for the translation.
"You are a traitor to this country and a disgrace to our office. And it's my duty to see that you're brought to justice for what you've done. Is there anything else Charles?" Aaron to President Logan on "24."
"I get a choice now. I get to chose. I chose you Izzie Stevens." Denny to Izzie on "Grey's Anatomy." At that precise moment, I called my friend and said, "Denny is so going to die."
"They're not who they say they are. They're pretending." Walt to his father about the Others on "Lost."
"It's like all people see when they look at us are the supporting players on the Will and Grace show." Jack to Karen on "Will & Grace."
"I don't die that easy." Sydney to Sloane on "Alias." Thanks to Meterrell for the quote.
"Kiss me. Remember this is a sweeps episode." Denny to Shirley on "Boston Legal." Thanks to Jane for the quote.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Well, we're all in an absolute tizzy regarding the actor-sharing program happening between "Veronica Mars" and "Grey's Anatomy." Ken Marino, Vinnie Van Lowe on "Mars," was Brad the jerky manager of the restaurant where everyone was shot. Marino was also the professor with the inappropriate relationship with Joey on "Dawson's Creek" and Andy on "Leap of Faith."
Tessa Thompson, Jackie on "Veronica Mars," was Camille, the chief's niece who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Katherine recognized Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Mallory Dent the first season of "Veronica Mars," was the woman whose fiance dunked behind her when shots rang out. Poitier was also Rebecca, Kevin's journalist girlfriend on "Joan of Arcadia," and the title character in the short-lived UPN series "Abby."
And all this week's bonus points have to go to Sana who even remembered that Charles Duckworth, Camille's prom date, was seen on the season premiere of "Veronica Mars" as Kelvin. And let's not forget we saw Teddy Dunn (Duncan) earlier this season on "Grey's Anatomy" as the hockey player with an injured hand.
Heather was the first to recognize Brooke Smith was Dr. Erica Hahn the cardiologist also wanting a heart. Smith was Carolyn on "Six Feet Under," Sarah on "Heist," but is best remembered for playing Catherine Martin in "The Silence of the Lambs." And, fun fact, Daniel Minahan who directed this episode of "Grey's Anatomy," also directed Smith in the movie "Series 7: The Contenders." Kristen recognized Hallee Hirsh was Camille's best friend. Hirsh was Rachel Greene on "ER" and Mattie on "JAG."
Many of you caught series creator Aaron Sorkin at the President Santos' inauguration on the series finale of "The West Wing." If you missed him, go back and look for the close up shot of the only person not in the opening credits.
Jen recognized Robert Michael Morris, Mickey on "The Comeback," was the weatherman on "How I Met Your Mother." We also saw him earlier this season as a fan of Jack's on an episode of "Will & Grace."
Is Currie Graham, Lt. Thomas Bale on "NYPD Blue," the hardest working man in show business? This season he's already played Mark on "House," Ed on "Desperate Housewives," and ADA Frank Ginsberg on "Boston Legal." And then he pops up as the killer on "CSI." And to think we knew him back when he was Nate on "Suddenly Susan."
Justin Long, Warren on "Ed," popped up on the series finale of "That '70s Show" as Fez's friend from back home.
Tania Raymonde, Alex on "Lost," was Cynthia, Malcolm's girlfriend on "Malcolm in the Middle." April Grace was the Other running the show (the one who told Michael who to bring back to the camp). She is most familiar to me for playing Sergeant Toni Williams on "Joan of Arcadia."
Jere Burns was the man in the cast on the series finale of "Will & Grace." Burns is probably best known for playing Kirk on "Dear John," but he was also Jack on "Something So Right," Frank on "Good Morning, Miami" and Brian on "All of Us."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for May 15 to 21
The fifth longest day of Jack Bauer's life comes to a heart-stopping end in the two-hour season finale of "24" (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.) What role will Jack's man-purse play? Will Aaron and Martha finally kiss? I can't wait to find out.
Ah, cruel, television schedule, how you mock me. Last week my TVs nearly exploded when "24," "Everwood" and "Grey's Anatomy" were all on at the same time. And now the first hour of series finale of "Alias" is on opposite the final hour of "24." I blame ABC for all this Monday night schedule shenanigans. "Alias" has had its ups and downs over the last three seasons (we'd all rather forget the Lauren year) and I'm actually ready to say good-bye to the show. But I do know that the series must end with Sydney and Vaughn riding off into the sunset. I promise I'll have a lot more to say about this series finale in my big sweeps wrap up next week.
I don't want to brag but I did predict that both Taylor Hicks and Katherine McPhee would make it to the Final Four back on March 13. My potential bragging is tempered by the fact that I was wrong about Paris and Mandisa (still so upset about Mandisa). Taylor and Katherine sing an original song (which will become their first single should they win) on Tuesday night (FOX, 8 p.m.) and then the whole gang gets back together for the two-hour finale of "American Idol" (Wednesday, FOX, 8 p.m.) And since you know how much I love fearless predictions, I'm going to go ahead and predict Taylor as the winner since I think most of Elliot's votes will go to him.
I'm so freaked out about the two-hour season finale of "Lost" (Wednesday, ABC, 9 p.m.). I have no idea what is going to happen and that's the sign of a truly great show.
The 2005/2006 television season came to a close Wednesday night but don't tell FOX, because the network is heading right into the summer season with the premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Thursday, FOX, 9 p.m.) But you have my permission to take the next couple of days off. Because when even I'm tired of watching TV, we all need a break.
That's all for today. I'll be back next Monday with a May sweeps wrap up -- the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. We'll also have to talk about the season premiere of "Rescue Me." And coming in June, the annual Amy Awards. In the meantime, have a fabulous week. Go ahead and get out of the house, you have my okay. Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com.