We are so getting the new season party started a little early because next week is busy, busy, busy. This is definitely when I think the networks are plotting against me. Gossip Girl, Prison Break, One Tree Hill and the new TNT series Raising the Bar all premiere on Monday, September 1. Really, is that necessary?
So I thought I would talk about the fourth season premiere of Prison Break (Monday at 8 p.m. on FOX) today.
As I’m sure you recall Prison Break and I broke up last season. There were tears as I played memorable moments of season one over and over again and remembered the way the show used to be. But apparently the break up wasn’t as permanent as I thought. Apparently I did leave a sweater behind that I had to go back for because I actually wanted to see what was up with the show this season.
I tried to go into this season with as much as an open mind as possible. One because I used to love the show, two because a certain beloved character is coming back and three because I think all the actors on the series are talented and were let down by weak script.
As Michael (the ever dreamy Wentworth Miller) solemnly says towards the end of the first hour, the show is "a long way from where this started." That may be the understatement of the year. If ever a show needed a title change, Prison Break is it. It would kind of be like if Grey’s Anatomy suddenly stopped being about a hospital or they no longer solved crimes on CSI.
If you dropped out of the show last season too, you won’t be too hindered by the fact that initially you might not know what is going. Basically the Company, a mysterious group that is a threat to national security, is bad, bad, bad and Michael and his trusty group of criminal sidekicks must bring them down.
Michael Rappaport comes on board as the man who is, what do you know, after the Company too. I kind of feel bad for Rappaport because he definitely has the most preposterous dialogue to deal with and the hardest character sell. It’s hard to buy the plot he’s selling.
I found it really hard to care about what was happening to the characters. The suspension of disbelief factor is at an all time high and the dialogue that is supposed to be serious often made me giggle.
I don’t want to give away too much else about the premiere until after you’ve seen it. But I will tell you that something happens to one of the characters that I’ve wanted to happen for a loooooong time. Kind of like when we finally saw Jack Bauer in the bathroom or drinking a bottle of water on 24. I actually said outloud, "Finally!"
So three questions today:
1. Can you guess what happens? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put the first person to guess right in Monday’s column.
2. Are there other moments you’ve been waiting for that you hope will happen this season on other returning shows? A kiss between characters? A secret revealed? A character comeuppance? Talk about it below.
3. What was a moment that finally happened on a series that you were so happy about? That made you think "finally!" Talk about it below.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Kristin wanted to know why Don’s new secretary Jane looked so familiar on Mad Men. Well Peyton List, who plays Jane, was Cameron on Big Shots last season, Tally on Windfall and many may recognize her as Lucy on As the World Turns. Hope that helps Kristin!
Of course we all recognized Jennifer Coolidge as the prostitute Tom invited over for pizza on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. We recently saw Coolidge as the not so bright woman who tried to have her husband killed on The Closer. Among her many roles, she was also Bobbie on Joey and Stifler’s mom in the American Pie movies.
Silas Weir Mitchell was the gun dealer on Burn Notice. He was Haywire on Prison Break and Donny on My Name is Earl.
Kathie recognized Jane Lynch as the Chief’s sister on Psych. She’s Charlie’s therapist on Two and a Half Men, Joyce Wischnia on The L Word, Joanna the sex therapist on Boston Legal, and Sissy on My Name is Earl. At this point, it’s probably easier to talk about the shows Jane Lynch hasn’t been on.
Diane recognized Mark Sheppard as Manservant Neville on The Middleman. Another very familiar TV face, we saw Sheppard on In Plain Sight recently. He was Russell, the guy who was part of Brandi’s drug deal gone bad. He’s also Romo Lampkin on Battlestar Galactica, creepy killer Dr. Charles Walker on Medium and Ivan during the fifth season of 24.
Steve recognized Michael Shanks as Victor on Burn Notice. Shanks is Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.
So hard to give the CW the silent treatment
Check out pictures from the 90210 premiere party by clicking here. And don’t forget to send me an email to let me know if you think the new 90210 is going to be a hit or a flop. And yes you must pick one, no Kelly Taylor-ing indecision allowed. Right now the voting is split fairly equally.
That’s all for today. I’m back on Friday with a review of Raising the Bar (where we will explore the topic: how can something so potentially good go so wrong?) and quotes of the week. Whoo-hoo! The new season is here! Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at email@example.com.