TV Gal Goes "Hmmm ..."
"Celebrity Duets": I sat down to watch this show on TiVo and thought, "Well, I will just watch the first performance and catch the rest later." But once the show began I couldn't stop watching. I was compelled to watch this peculiar debacle to the bitter end. Ever since then I've been trying to pinpoint where the show went heinously awry. And I think I've got it.
First of all, the celebrities were trying too hard -- to the point where I was a little uncomfortable for them. They're trying hard on "Dancing with the Stars" too, but on that show they are concentrating so much on the actual dance steps their utter desire to win is not as obvious. The other big difference -- when they tried that hard the results were better. Lisa Rinna danced her little heart out and was entertaining every step of the way.
Secondly, the celebrity singers didn't look too happy to be there. Lee Ann Womack couldn't get off the stage fast enough. And finally, the judges. Little Richard made no sense. Marie Osmond did her best Paula Abdul. And David Foster was plain cranky that he didn't get enough air time. But I think maybe it's time in general to move on from celebrity judges. We didn't know who Carrie Ann Inaba or Randy Jackson were and that worked out fine. So where do we go from here? I'm rooting for Lucy Lawless and Jai Rodriguez. (What you didn't think I would stop watching, did you?) How about you?
Season Finale of "Rescue Me": When "Rescue Me" premiered two years ago, I declared it to be "innovative, clever, funny, poignant." It was unlike anything TV had ever seen. I praised it for deftly and delicately balancing the humor and drama that is life. "Rescue Me" was a brilliant, biting, and compelling series. It hit the precise right note of comedy and drama. Alas, I can't remember the last time a show had such a creative free fall. This formerly exceptional show ended its third season like it was "Melrose Place." A fire? Are you kidding me? I have nothing left to say. It is so disappointing (remember, if I didn't care, I wouldn't criticize), that there is nothing left to do than to give the show the silent treatment. What did you think of the season finale of "Rescue Me"? Talk about it on the TV Gal message board.
Season Finale of "Entourage": Thank goodness for the boys of summer. Because they certainly didn't let me down. The show's genius is based in its ability to make us care so deeply about Vince's career and Ari's business. But the show is simultaneously hilarious (see Ari's quotes below) -- deftly blending in cameos from stars spoofing themselves (tell Seth Green I said, "What up?") and inside jokes that invite viewers in (I love hearing about the TV shows Drama had a guest spot on). The show is a breezy good time. And the best news? We don't have to wait until next summer to see them again. The show will return in March with eight new episodes. I can't wait.
What did you think of TV last week? Talk about it on the TV Gal message board.
"Everwood" Watch 2006
So I'm sure you heard that "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti is now with ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." Sure I still haven't seen the pilot, Marti Noxon left the show citing "creative differences" and the matriarch of the show was recast. But I already have a lot more faith in the series now that the man who brought us the Brown family is there. And Greg, if you're reading this, would you be a love and have some of the "Everwood" cast on the show? Thank you for your cooperation.
By the way, "Everwood" repeats begins airing on ABC Family on Monday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.. Relive the Brown family's trials and tribulations from the very beginning. I am so there.
Quotes of the Week
In celebration of Jeremy Piven's win, this section is "Entourage" heavy today.
"Please don't thank your parents. If you were raised in a nurturing environment, you wouldn't be in show business." Conan O'Brien on the Emmys.
"He keeps calling me too. And I got an email. I didn't even know he knew how to do that." Ari to Lloyd about Vince on "Entourage."
"This is not going to be another one of those 'Queer as Folk' pep talks, is it?" Ari to Lloyd on "Entourage."
"Ari, you're fired." Eric to Ari on "Entourage."
"You're a mess just standing. So I mean traveling you're gonna be like a homeless person." Michael Kors to Angela on "Project Runway."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Sept. 4 to 10
If you guessed that it was Lincoln and Michael trying to break L.J. out of the courthouse was the scene that sent me over the edge on "Prison Break" (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.), you were correct. Seriously, the man is an escaped death row convict and he's going to go into the belly of the beast? I simply cannot take it. TV Gal reader Brian thinks we should all pick which prisoner is going to be arrested first. Brian votes for Sucre. I vote for Tweener. But the bigger question is, will we keep watching long enough to find out?
Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon are reunited in "Relative Chaos" (Monday, ABC Family, 8 p.m.). And by the way, I heard from Charisma that we need to tune into "Veronica Mars" right away this season to see what Kendall is up too.
"Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Diff'rent Strokes" premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
"The Closer" wraps up its stellar second season Monday at 9 p.m. on TNT. And if you missed any episode this season, you can catch up with a marathon beginning at 9 a.m. And Brenda will be back with a two hour special episode in December with the first hour directed by Kevin Bacon. For giving viewers a terrific summer series, let me say to Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, thank you, thank you so much.
I don't normally talk about daytime TV but I simply had to give you my fearless prediction (you know how I love those) all network musical chairs that begin this week when Katie Couric takes over the "CBS Evening News" on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Rosie O'Donnell joins "The View" at 11 a.m. My prediction? Only Meredith Vieira will be successful when she joins "The Today Show" next week. What do you think will happen? Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards.
Kathleen Quinlan guest stars in the third season premiere of "House" Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX. It's a great episode and I continue to truly appreciate what Robert Sean Leonard brings to the series. He's the only character who truly stands up to House and he quietly and subtly gives the show some of its best moments.
Immediately following "House," "Standoff" staring Ron Livingston and Gina Torres premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. on FOX. I'm pretty much situation neutral on this series. I don't love and I don't hate it, but I have no compelling need to watch it again. The whole hostage negotiators in love thing didn't do anything for me. Maybe it's because I haven't forgiven Livingston for breaking up with Carrie via a post-it on "Sex and the City." Three stars.
Tell me, what didn't you like about the third season of "Nip/Tuck"? Oh, let's not rehash, let's move forward, shall we? Thankfully, things seem to be slightly back on track in the series' fourth season premiere at 10 p.m. on FX. Kathleen Turner guest stars as Cindy Plumb, a phone sex operator seeking a voice lift. And I heard from Turner herself that we will see more of her on the series.
So, there's really no need to pick on "Happy Hour" (Thursday, FOX, 8 p.m.), I can't imagine the show will make it past the baseball playoffs. It is the epitome of all that can go wrong with a comedy -- lame jokes, histrionic performances and an unbelievable premise (everyone it the apartment building meets up for a 4 p.m. happy hour). One star. And you know what? I'm not going to really pick on "'Til Death" (Thursday, FOX, 8:30 p.m.) because with Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett involved the series will have to get better. For now, two stars.
Donnie Wahlberg, who you'll soon see in "Runaway," stars in ABC's movie "The Path to 9/11" beginning Sunday at 9 p.m.
That's all for today. I will be back next week to talk about the season premiere of "Survivor," thoughts on the season finale of "The Closer," and much much more. Because it's almost here -- premiere week begins Sept. 18. Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org