August 29, 2006
August 25, 2006
“Bones” (premieres Aug. 30): Procedural drama, but instead of cops, it’s an FBI agent and a forensic anthropologist. What can I say? I love David Boreanaz. It’s actually a nice change to see him getting to go out in the daylight. This show has a pretty good supporting cast. And Emily Deschanel is growing on me.
“Nip/Tuck” (premieres Sept. 5): Two plastic surgeons in Miami and their screwed up family. It’s shallow. It’s seamy. It’s twisted. It’s awesome. I’m a little concerned about the advance buzz about way too many guest stars. But the Carver is gone, and I can’t wait!
“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (premieres Sept. 18): Behind the scenes of an “Saturday Night Live” type variety show. It’s Aaron Sorkin y’all! Show some respect. This can’t be anything but great, it’s just not possible.
“My Name is Earl” (premieres Sept. 21): Loser wins lottery and tries to make up for his past wrongs. Everyone on this show is freakin’ hysterical, and I hope Jaime Pressly wins the Emmy. Who ever thought that sentence would ever be uttered?
“The Office” (premieres Sept. 21): The office of Dunder-Mifflin paper company. Jim kissed Pam! He told her that he loves her! But she’s marrying Roy! I can’t even tell you how much I’m dying to know where they go from there.
“Ugly Betty” (premieres Sept. 22): Based on the telenova about an ugly ducking in the fashion industry. The advance word on this makes it sound very The Devil Wears Prada. But I love America Ferrera (ever since Real Women Have Curves) so I’m thinking of trying this one out.
“Gilmore Girls” (premieres Sept. 26): Abnormally close mother and daughter live in quaint Connecticut town. Lorelai and Luke called off the wedding! Then she slept with Christopher! I’m actually kind of glad the Palladinos are gone (writers/creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino). The last two seasons have been lacking and a fresh show runner might just save this sinking ship.
“One Tree Hill” (premieres Sept. 27): The lives and loves of high school students in Tree Hill North Carolina. I don’t care what you say, I love this show. It’s a ridiculous and shallow teen soap opera, and I can not stop watching it. At the end of the season, there were at least four different girls who could be pregnant, and at least three people who could be dead. It was that good of a cliffhanger.
“Veronica Mars” (premieres Oct. 3): Teenage detective noir. Veronica is going to college! With Wallace and Mac! And Logan... sigh. Last season was uneven, but I still think this is the second best drama on TV. And I'll be brief now, because we all know I won't be in the future.
“Lost” (premieres Oct. 4): Forty plane crash survivors stranded on one creepy island. The hatch done got blowed up! Why is Charlie so creepy? Will Kate ever choose between Jack and Sawyer? What happened to the polar bear? And Lostzilla?
“30 Rock” (premieres Oct. 11): Yep, it’s completely ridiculous that NBC has not one, but two shows about an "SNL" type variety show. This one is a half hour sitcom written by Tina Fey and starring Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin. I’m gonna give it a shot.
August 22, 2006
Using their rules:
No puppets or cartoons (because then it’s just Daria, She-Ra, and Cookie Monster)
No mini-series (because there isn’t room for the entire casts of Lonesome Dove and Angels in America)
No reality show people (that means no Anderson Cooper on “The Mole”)
All characters must be regulars on the show (rules out all those people who came on just to improve flagging shows, like Robert Downey Jr. on “Ally McBeal” and Tom Selleck and Paul Rudd on “Friends”)
1) Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
2) Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), DEADWOOD
3) Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), THE X-FILES
4) Rayanne Graff (AJ Langer), MY SO-CALLED LIFE
5) Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), THE OFFICE
6) Chris Stevens (John Corbett), NORTHERN EXPOSURE
7) Reva Shayne Lewis (Kim Zimmer), GUIDING LIGHT
8) Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), VERONICA MARS
9) Sam Seaborne (Rob Lowe), THE WEST WING
10) Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), NIP/TUCK
11) Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert), ROSEANNE
12) Spike (James Marsters), BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
13) David Addison (Bruce Willis), MOONLIGHTING
14) Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), GILMORE GIRLS
15) Doug Ross (George Clooney), ER
16) Joy Turner (Jaime Pressly), MY NAME IS EARL
17) Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda), MASH
18) Angelus (David Boreanaz), ANGEL
19) Fox Mulder (David Duchovny, THE X-FILES
20) Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), SCRUBS
21) CJ Cregg (Allison Janney), THE WEST WING
22) Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), VERONICA MARS
23) Lorenzo Lamas (Reno Raines), RENEGADE
24) Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), WILL & GRACE
25) Billy Bob Davis (Billy Bob Thornton), HEARTS AFIRE
This was actually a really tough list because there are several shows that it’s nearly impossible to narrow down to single characters. Really, the casts of “My So-Called Life”, “The West Wing”, “Northern Exposure” and “Veronica Mars” are so uniformly excellent that I wanted to include every single person. But I persevered. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it.
August 15, 2006
August 04, 2006
According to that article, I should be a CEO or a governor.
Where did I go wrong?