TV Gal Has Hopes for Fall
While it's still fresh on all our minds, let's check in on some of my hopes for the fall and beyond:
Gabrielle needs to get a job on "Desperate Housewives": I can't take it any more. It's to the point that it's becoming distracting that she has nothing to do but prance around in fabulous outfits. How much shopping can one woman do? We know Gabby is self-centered and doesn't want to break a nail, but come on. This is ridiculous. She must be bored out of her mind.
Jack didn't kill Christopher Henderson on "24": Thanks to everyone who sent me this fabulous theory. Jack promised Christopher Henderson that he would help him disappear just like Jack had disappeared. And our friend Jack disappeared by faking his own death. Jack did seem to make a point of killing him in front of sweet little Petty Officer Rooney. I love this theory because I would love to see Peter Weller and Jo Beth Williams again.
Sara and Grissom have been having an affair for a long time on "CSI": See, I thought Brass' near death experience was a wake up call to Grissom but many of you think those two star-crossed lovers have been having an affair for awhile. They've just been keeping it from us (kind of like how we didn't know about Sam and Jack on "Without a Trace"). I like this idea. Maybe we can even have a "CSI" wedding. After all, we are in Vegas, baby.
Michael and Walt aren't really rescued on "Lost": I don't know how Michael can live among everyone else again, but I would love to find out.
What are you hopes for next season? Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards.
Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Michelle recognized Paige Turco as the teacher having an affair with Tommy's nephew on "Rescue Me." Turco was Abby on "NYPD Blue," Terri on "The Agency" and Bailey's older girlfriend Annie on "Party of Five."
Season Premiere of "Entourage"
Get ready to hug it out, bitch. The boys of summer return for a third season Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO. Like "The Office," "Entourage" blossomed in its second season and I'm happy to report the show is better than ever in the first three episodes I've seen.
The genius of the show is its ability to mine drama from things we really shouldn't care about. How can I really get caught up in whether Vince's "Aquaman" movie opens big or if Ari will be successful going out on his own? But I care, I really, really do. The show works because of it has created fabulous characters. And not simply Jeremy Piven's positively hysterical Ari (you'll gasp and crack up at the things that come out of that man's mouth). But Rex Lee is pitch-perfect as Ari's put upon assistant Lloyd. He makes the most out of every moment he has on screen -- the epitome of a scene stealer.
All that plus James Wood pops up to hilariously mock himself. After you watch the premiere, let me know what you think.
Series Finale of "Everwood"
Three times last week I dreamed that The CW picked up "Everwood" for midseason. Of course I also dreamed that I was at a party with Sophia Bush and we were talking about Chad Michael Murray's upcoming marriage (memo to me: Don't read US Weekly right before going to bed).
Rumors still abound that "Everwood" could get a last minute pick up. And certainly the show held its own against the season finale of "24" and the series finale of "Alias." Go to http://www.everwoodonline.com/saveeverwood.php to learn more about how you can get involved in saving the show.
But right now it appears that Monday night at 8 p.m. on The WB will be the series finale of "Everwood." (Of course that's what we all thought about "7th Heaven" so let's keep hope alive people). But if this is the end, "Foreverwood Parts 1 and 2" should bring satisfying conclusions to both the romantic and family entanglements. (This should certainly mean that no matter how cute his dimples are, Nina realizes that Andy not Jake is the man for her).
As with the late, great "Arrested Development," better to have watched and loved "Everwood" than to have never watched at all. A look back at some of my all time favorite "Everwood" moments:
1. Amy and Ephram kiss for the first time in "Till Death Do Us Part" on Nov. 4, 2002: One of the innate charms of "Everwood," was its laser sharp ability to capture the emotions of first true love. Amy and Ephram first kiss on a field trip perfectly portrayed this first feeling.
2. Ephram tries to recreate his mother's Thanksgiving dinner in "A Thanksgiving Tale" on Nov. 25, 2002: You know one of my favorite things about the series is Ephram as a big brother and Vivien Cardone is one of the best child actors on TV. This is the first episode that truly showcased this.
3. Colin dies in "The Last of Summer" on Sept. 15, 2003: The second season opened with the shocking revelation that Colin had died and that Andy's surgery had been unsuccessful. It cemented "Everwood" as a show not afraid to take the riskier, less happy path and proved that "Everwood" is not your typical teen drama.
4. Hannah moves to Everwood in "... There is a Reaction" on Sept. 20, 2004: I didn't even know the show was missing anything until Sarah Drew's Hannah arrived. Now it is impossible to imagine the series without her.
5. Ephram meets Madison in New York and learns she gave up their baby for adoption in "Fate Accomplis" on April 18, 2005: A story line that had been on a slow burn exploded in this fateful episode. I had always been a fan of Sarah Lancaster's Madison but she is positively brilliant in this episode.
6. Hannah and Bright kiss in "Where the Heart Is" on May 23, 2005: Sigh -- even I got butterflies. Added bonus -- Nina and Andy kiss too.
7. The town mourns Irv's death in "Goodbye, Love" on May 29, 2006: This penultimate episode showcased all that makes this series so very special.
What are your favorite "Everwood" episodes? Talk about it on the TV Gal message board. I'll miss you Ephram.
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for June 5 to 11
Eric McCormack is behind the camera as the executive producer of "Lovespring International." The half-hour improv series skewering the dating service world premieres Monday on Lifetime at 11 p.m. Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan in the "Brady Bunch" movies) and Jane Lynch (the randy boss in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin) are among the cast.
You can totally tell that "Falcon Beach" is ABC Family's co-production with a Canadian production company. The series about life in a New England beach town has the same appeal as "Degrassi: the Next Generation" -- the show even stars Ephraim Ellis, Rick on "Degrassi." There is a certain charm to the cast's unsophisticated acting. All, except for Smallville's Eric Johnson, look like they studied with the "7th Heaven" gang. And every single social problem passes through town and you know we wouldn't want it any other way.
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" returns for a second season Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo. The good news is her husband Matt is back too. At the same time, Griffin is a judge on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Jessica Alba hosts the "2006 MTV Movie Awards" at 9 p.m. on MTV. Jim Carrey will receive a special award and this year the show has skedaddled the gender based awards in favor of categories such as "Best Hero" and "Sexiest Performance." But we all know the real reason to tune in is to see the show's trademark movie parodies.
It's hard to get inside the mind of a network executive. I understand why the network listened to me and decided not to air the positively awful comedy "Thick & Thin." But I don't understand why "Windfall," a drama about 20 interconnected lottery winners, is being treated like an ugly stepchild. I liked the show when I first watched in last summer and I still like it. With little fanfare, "Windfall" premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on NBC. Why should you tune in? Two words: Luke Perry.
"The 4400" returns for a third season Sunday at 9 p.m. on USA. There's a lot that happens in the first two hours and I won't spoil it. Like "Lost," the show works on two levels. If you're a sci-fi fan it's easy to get into the mysteries of the returnees, what their agenda is and how their abilities continue to evolve (and believe me that all gets very interesting in Sunday's premiere). But the show also works as a great drama -- star crossed lovers, rebellious children, and political intrigue. This is it the perfect summer show -- like science fiction comfort food. I'm so glad it's back.
Before "The Closer" premieres on June 12, catch up in an eight hour marathon beginning Sunday at 10 a.m. on TNT.
One of my favorite comedies from last summer is getting some extra love from FOX. FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" will air for three weeks on FOX beginning this Sunday at 9:30 p.m. This week, Mac and Dennis use a death to get closer to a girl. Trust me, the results are hilarious.
"The Sopranos" just ended and HBO isn't wasting any time. We already discuss that "Entourage" returns for a third season Sunday at 9 p.m., and it's followed by the premiere of "Lucky Louie" at 9:30 p.m. and the return of "Deadwood" at 10 p.m.
Phew. That's all for today. Can you believe how much TV is happening this summer? Such good times. I'll be back next Monday to talk about the return of "The Closer" and "The Dead Zone, " the new TNT series "Saved" (with Tom Everett Scott) and CBS series "Tuesday Night Book Club." And don't forget coming in June, the annual Amy Awards. 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.