TV Gal Calls Out Bad Behavior
While the folks on "Lost" have proven that a trip to Australia might not be the solution (unless you're fond of creepy black smoke and sudden death), I still think of that book when I have a bad day. Like last Wednesday when I learned that "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll" had much better ratings than "Veronica Mars" in the same time slot. Ugh.
And we have quite a few TV characters having terrible days and behaving very badly lately and my question is have they gone too far? Sometimes a good character doing a bad thing works wonderfully (I still think Carrie's affair with Big was "Sex and the City's" strongest story line) but other times it takes a character to the point where the audience can no longer root for them (see Marissa on "The O.C.").
Let's take a look at some of the characters behaving badly this season:
What characters do you think have taken it too far? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.
Quotes of the Week
"And then I had this dream that my whole family was just cartoon characters and that our success had led to some crazy propaganda network called Fox News." Bart Simpson on "The Simpsons." Thanks to Josh for the quote.
"If anything happens, I love you both." Michael to Lincoln and Sara on "Prison Break."
"They're my kids and I love them, but I'm pretty relieved to be dead." Rex Van De Kamp as the narrator on "Desperate Housewives." Thanks to Barry for the quote.
"Who the hell are you?" Sawyer asking the question we all want to ask Nikki on "Lost." Thanks to Rod for the quote.
"I don't know how you're holding up, and in this lighting." Perry to Nicole on the season finale of "The Class."
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Zack and Jasmine were the first to recognize Anna Chlumsky as the other Liz on "30 Rock." Chlumsky was Vada in "My Girl."
John Slattery is Gabrielle's new love interest Victor on "Desperate Housewives." He was Peter the headmaster on "Jack & Bobby," Dennis on "Ed" and Carrie's boyfriend Bill on "Sex and the City." By the way, he so deserves his own show.
Chastity Dotson was the babysitter of Elena's daughter on "Without a Trace." We've seen her this season as Nish on "Veronica Mars."
Brandi and Elisabeth were the first to be positively thrilled to see our old friend Ian Gomez, Javier on "Felicity," as the Linderman employee who summoned security on "Hiro." We saw Gomez earlier this season on "Lost" as a cellmate of Sawyer. He was also Adrian on "Jake in Progress" and Larry on "The Drew Carey Show."
Kathie recognized Brooke Langton as the single mom who moves in next door to Tim on "Friday Night Lights." She was Samantha on "Melrose Place" and Angela in the TV version of "The Net."
Doug, Dennis and Matt were the first to catch Kari Matchett, Dr. Mariel Underlay on "Invasion," as the Vice President's chief of staff on "24." We saw her as a sexual harassment lawyer on "Studio 60."
Bob Gunton is the secretary of defense on "24." He was Noah Taylor on "Desperate Housewives" and Junction Jack on "Greg the Bunny."
Michelle recognized a slew of familiar faces on "The Wedding Bells." Sherri Sheppard, Ramon on "Less Than Perfect" and Tracy's wife on "30 Rock," was Debbie. I'm also rooting for Sheppard to join "The View" as a permanent host. Costas Mandylor, Kenny on "Picket Fences," was the chef Ernesto. The sisters were played by real-life sisters Nicholle Tom, Maggie on "The Nanny," and Heather Tom, Kelly on "One Life to Live."
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Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are for March 12 to 18
Well, we had a tearful final meeting of "The Class" support group (our closing topic: will we ever see Cristian de la Fuente again?). While we await word if the best bad sitcom of the season will be back next season, we can celebrate that one of the actual best comedies on television. "The New Adventures of Old Christine" returns to the schedule with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Oh, "24," what are we going to do with you? First, you have the lazy writing (really Karen just been hanging out reading a magazine in the airport all this time?), then you have the story retreads (deceitful Vice President, attacking the embassy, assassination attempt on the President) and the aforementioned disturbing level of violence and you know this is not the show's best season. But what do we have? We have Ricky Schroder joining the cast as CTU agent Mike Doyle (Together, he'll help Jack save the day. Together, they're going to find their way) and in a plot line I've been waiting forever for, it certainly seems like the First Lady and Aaron are together. You are the only people who truly understand how happy this little development makes me.
Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard star in the new FX series "The Riches" (Monday, FX, 10 p.m.). So far it seems to me to be one of those shows that I can appreciate is of good quality (stellar acting, high production values) but still don't enjoy watching. In the pilot, travelers Dahlia and Wayne (Driver and Izzard) assume the life of a wealthy couple in an elaborate scheme. But the whole thing is so gritty and distasteful I simply couldn't get into the show. After you watch the series, let me know what you think.
We're down to the Top 12 and my picks for the Final Four (LaKisha, Jordin, Brandon and Blake) are still in it. "American Idol" moves to the big stage Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Richie on "The Class," guest stars as Betty's orthodontist on "Ugly Betty" (Thursday, ABC, 8 p.m.)
So far it seems like "Andy Barker, P.I." (Thursday, NBC, 9:30 p.m.) is more "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" than "Quintuplets." Plus the series stars Tony Hale, the much missed Buster on "Arrested Development." What more could we want?
Oh, you know I haven't given up on the fact that some day Dina will return to "24" (I keep telling you to join me in my world of denial as it is quite lovely there). But while I hold out hope for that character return, I'm thrilled that Shohreh Aghdashloo is guest starring on this week's "Grey's Anatomy" (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.). I'm giving all this week's bonus points to Dana who has come up with the perfect name for the Addison spin-off "Montgomery's Ward." And more good news, Chris Lowell (Piz on "Veronica Mars") has been cast in the Addison spin-off.
I think I officially have the midseason blahs. I simply can't get excited about any of the new shows. I wanted to like "October Road" (Thursday, ABC, 10 p.m.) but it's so whiny and angsty I simply couldn't. It plays as if the kids on "Dawson's Creek" grew up and became even more annoying. In the pilot Nick Garrett (Bryan Greenberg), a popular novelist whose hoping not to become a one hit wonder, returns home after 10 years and runs into the girl next door whose heart he broke (a blonde Laura Prepon who does an excellent job of making me forget all about Donna) and high school friends who he dished about in his book. My biggest complaint is that the premise is seriously flawed. Are we really supposed to believe that Nick hasn't seen his father or brother in 10 years? The only good news is that by the second episode we get to see my favorite Penny Johnson Jerald as Nick's new boss. After you watch the show let me know what you think.
You know I'm all about rooting for the underdog but I'm simply thrilled that Boston Rob and Amber continue to dominate "The Amazing Race: All Stars" (Sunday, CBS, 8 p.m.). I love watching Romber scheme their way to a No. 1 finish each week. They're smart, savvy and conniving players and I love it. How about you? Have you had enough of Romber or do you still enjoy watching them. Write me and let me know.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about "Lost," the return of "Six Degrees," "Ugly Betty" and much much more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.