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Nadia and Milo on "24": I knew Michelle and Tony, I loved Michelle and Tony and you, my friends, are no Michelle and Tony. You all know by now that "the world is ending so let's make out" is one of my all-time favorite "24" occurrences. It's utterly ridiculous, but that's what typically makes these moments so delightful. But I simply don't care about Nadia and Milo. At all. It might be because both Eric Balfour and Marisol Nichols are struggling with the show's action-over-character-development format. Let's be honest: there is some bad acting happening at CTU these days. And I'm not talking about my Ricky ... or Bill Buchanan ... or Chloe.
Sanjaya and Preteen girls on "American Idol": I know, I know, people are voting for the worst, but my guess it's really starry-eyed 12-year-old girls who are keeping Sanjaya on the show week after week. Really, the judges only have themselves to blame for this hairful of a problem. Out of the thousands who auditioned, they put him in the Top 24. I kind of feel bad for the kid. It's not his fault that he's still in the competition. But I'm glad to see the show taking the "if you can't beat him join him" approach to Sanjaya. Instead of the judges blatantly showing their displeasures (as they did when Sanjaya made it to the Top 12) or not even being shown at all (they were virtually ignored when Stephanie Edwards was voted off way too soon), "American Idol" put Ryan Seacrest in a fauxhawk and no one even mentioned how egregious it is that Sanjaya is still on the show. Even if Sanjaya does win, I don't think it will ruin the show. "American Idol" has produced stars who don't finish first and perhaps the judges will think twice before they let another Sanjaya through.
Robert and Kitty on "Brothers & Sisters": I love this show. I love Rob Lowe (my loyalty dates back to his Sodapop days) and I'm so glad he's joined the cast of the show's second season. But I do not love the Kitty/Robert romance. Part of it is I don't buy the central conceit that all these men would be instantly smitten with Kitty. Part of it is I don't think a potential presidential candidate would behave this way. And part of it may be that I think Lowe and Calista Flockhart have zero chemistry. What do you think?
Jack and Samantha on "Without a Trace": Am I the only one who thinks the show is thinking about putting these two back together?
Bones and Booth on "Bones": I've officially decided they are the Mulder and Scully of this decade. David Boreanaz has totally become a new character for me (particularly impressive because I thought there was no way I could think of him as anyone but Angel). And Emily Deschanel gets better every week. I didn't used to buy all this talk of the sexual tension between these two but now I'm so picking up what the show is putting down. What are some of the TV romances that are grabbing your attention these days? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.
Quotes of the Week "This is going to be more complicated than we thought." Locke after seeing Jack playing football with the Others on "Lost." Locke always has a way of stating the obvious. "We all thought she was guilty. This is going to be awkward." Chloe when Nadia is brought back to CTU on "24." Actually Chloe has quite the knack for stating the obvious too. "I want to be better than that. I'd like to believe I've grown. I want to move forward." Dr. Burke to Christina on "Grey's Anatomy." Somehow I think Isaiah Washington was talking to directly to us. "We split the money and you can go get your legs tattooed or whatever the hell you want." T-Bag to Michael on "Prison Break."
Where Have I Seen Them Before? That was Devon Gummersall as Mark, the man with the security schematics and the autistic brother on "24." Gummersall was Lisa on "The L Word," Sean on "Roswell," Zach on "Felicity," and, most importantly, Brian Krakow on "My So-Called Life." Catherine Dent was the woman dying of the rare muscular disease on "Grey's Anatomy." She's Danny on "The Shield." Elisabeth Moss, who played Zoey Bartlett on "Grey's Anatomy" and Christina on "Invasion," was her daughter. Michael Boatman, Carter on "Spin City" and Stanley on "Arliss," was the man who lost his foot to diabetes on "Grey's Anatomy." Molly Price, Faith on "Third Watch" and who we saw in one of the final episodes of "Studio 60," was Sam's sister on "Without a Trace."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for the week of April 2 to 8 I never thought the show was steeped in realism, but honestly "Prison Break" -- which has its season finale Monday at 8 p.m. on FOX -- has become like a cartoon. It's the third day of Sara's trial in like a week? You can't even get to traffic court in that amount of time. T-Bag, who remains entertainingly evil thanks to a compelling performance from Robert Knepper, is like an one-armed super villain. Is there anyone he can't take out with his plastic hand? They all criss-cross the country and just happen to run into each other?
The writing on the show is so haphazard and seems to be in a precarious free-fall. I feel like they squeaked their way through a second season, how will they possibly manage a third? They need to know when to let go and I think now may be the time. I'm not much interested in seeing Micheal, his bringing-sexy-back brother and the rest of the chain gang on the run for a whole other year. But FOX picked up the show for a third season last week so we all better get used to the idea. Perhaps Michael could spend next season righting his wrongs.
The best thing about this season has been Paul Adelstein terrific performance as Paul Kellerman. Alas, I don't think Kellerman will live to see season three. One, because usually when a bad character seeks redemption he's a dead man, and 2) because Adelstein has been cast in the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off (where he's destined to become my McDreamy).
Will you tune into a third season of "Prison Break?" Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
I've had my complaints about "24" this season, but the genius of "24" remains its innate ability to make me instantly care about characters. At 9 p.m., I have no idea who Brady is. By 9:40 p.m., I'm screaming, "Duck Brady, duck, don't let the sniper get you" at the TV. Are we ever going to know if President Logan is alive? Hopefully since Gregory Itzin is listed as a guest star for this week's episode of "24" (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.). Also ,obviously, Audrey isn't dead and I still really want Milo to be the mole in CTU because at least that would make him interesting. It occurred to me the other day that perhaps the show is grooming Ricky Schroder to take over for Jack Bauer in future seasons of "24."
Last week's triple double cross to prove Nadia's innocence cemented the fact that Mike Doyle is a good guy but also a guy who will go to any means to justify the right end. Sound familiar? With Jack precariously close to a nervous breakdown, I think it's something to think about. And I think they protest too much signing by Kiefer Sutherland for the next three seasons. I still think they could kill him off this year.
With "Dirt" finishing its first and probably final season last week, "The Shield" returns Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX for a sixth season. Everyone must deal with the fifth season finale death of Lemonhead and Vic (Michael Chiklis) has revenge on his mind. Recent Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker continues his guest starring role as the obsessed Internal Affairs Lt. Jon Kavanaugh.
Seriously, how good is "Friday Night Lights" (Wednesday, NBC, 8 p.m.)? Somehow even the ridiculous and cliched story line of Tim Riggins beginning a relationship with his much older neighbor works. And Adrianne Palicki's nuanced and complex performance as Tyra is truly Emmy-worthy. I so heart this show. This week, Coach Taylor accepts the job at TMU, but something tells me that decision won't last long.
One of my favorites Laura Leighton ("Melrose Place") guest stars as a mother involved in some illegal activities in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Tuesday, NBC, 10 p.m.)
Ryan O'Neal guest stars as Brennan's dad on this week's episode of "Bones" (Wednesday, FOX, 8 p.m.)
"The Office" returns with a supersized 42-minute, brand new episode Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC. Last time we saw him, Roy was vowing to kill Jim and Roy and Pam were officially over. Casting Rashida Jones as Karen might get my award for most brilliant casting of the season. In less capable hands we may have hated Karen, but I still find myself kind of rooting for her even though I remain convinced heartbreak is in her future. The show remains continues to underwrite the series counting on the audience to understand what is happening (they don't have anyone talk about Jim not attending Pam's art show, we simply don't see him there). Less is very often more when it comes to comedy. Which might be why some of television's most famous names have directed episodes this season. Both J.J. Abrams ("Alias," "Lost") and Joss Whedon ("Buffy," "Angel") have directed episodes. How cool is that? And even better news, next week Andy returns from his anger management training. I can't wait.
I'm a little bada-who cares about the return of "The Sopranos" this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. The show is a little like the show that cried "this is our last season." And it has been almost a year since we've had a new episode (June 4, 2006 was the half-finale) and at that point HBO said the show would be back to complete its sixth and final season in January, then it was March and now the series finally returns in April. At this point the whole thing seems a little smug and indulgent to me. Of course all will be forgiven the show returns to its glory days of creativity as it wraps things up but right now I'm just not that interested. How about you?
And if Showtime thinks "The Tudors" (Sunday at 10 p.m.) is going to help them take on la familia, they need to think again. This 10-episode series follows King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) through his marriage to Queen Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), affair with Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) and his eventual formation of the Church of England. I think a more apt title might be "Sex and the Royal Throne." And it's so melodramatic isn't it? What do you think of the show? Write me and let me know.
So the bad news is that something has been wrong with my email since I left for my vacation and I haven't been receiving any of your emails. But the goods news is they are working on it and I should be fixed very soon. I didn't want you to think I was ignoring your emails. I'll be back next week to talk about my continued love affair with "Lost," the adulterypoolza happening over at "Grey's Anatomy," the new FOX series "Drive" (starring one of our favorites Nathan Fillion) and much, much more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com and let me know.