After years of being the Cinderella of the peacock network, “Medium” finally gets to go to the ball on CBS.
I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me every time I see a commercial promoting the season premiere of “Medium” (tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS). I’m fairly convinced that CBS has promoted the show more over the past few months that NBC did during its entire five year run on the peacock network. (Everyone together now, booo NBC. BOOOOO!)
There are so many good things about “Medium” making a move to CBS. The show is premiering in the fall, even during the official fall premiere week. It’s getting a compatible lead in with “Ghost Whisperer.” And it has a 22-episode order for the season. But the best part is that we, as viewers, weren’t left hanging with Allison in a coma and the words “to be continued” on the screen.
I’m a fan of the series. I like the actors. I like that Patricia Arquette’s Allison Dubois dresses and looks like a real person. I think the show has one of the most realistic, loving portrayals of long and lasting marriage and some of the best child actors in prime time (I absolutely adore Maria Lark as Bridget). All that plus a pretty decent mystery of the week. A few years ago, I referred to “Medium” as the best comfort food on TV and I still think that’s true. I don’t think I’m ruining anything by telling you that Allison does come out of her coma (there wouldn’t be a show without her, would there?) but that’s all I say about tonight’s episode, except that I really enjoyed it.
I’m hoping all of you have the ability to handle two shows in the same time slot tonight because I’m also hoping you will check out the second season premiere of “Dollhouse” at 9 p.m. on FOX. As you know, I really rooted for this show last season. I thought it had a ton of potential, improved with each passing episode and ended on a fairly exciting cliffhanger. All that goodness continues in the premiere. Smartly, the series has moved Agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) into the Dollhouse and given him a fairly plausible reason for switching sides (I just decided to go with it). Whiskey/Dr. Saunders (the always wonderful Amy Acker) is struggling with her recent revelation that she to is an active. And guest stars include Alexis Denisof as a wealthy senator (he just appears briefly in the premiere, but we’ll see more of him as the season progresses) and Jamie Bamber as part of Echo’s latest mission. The most exciting change is the changes that are happening to Echo herself, which I won’t ruin here if somehow you managed to avoid them.
I haven’t been this excited about Friday night TV in a long time. Will you be watching “Medium” and “Dollhouse” tonight? Are you excited for their premieres ? Talk about it below.
The ladies of Wisteria Lane return for a fifth season Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ABC. You’ll quickly find out just who Mike married (I approved of his choice) and the episode is off and running with the introduction of Drea de Matteo as new neighbor Angie Bolen. Angie moves to the cul-de-sac with her husband Nick (Jeffrey Nordling, the dear, departed Larry last season on “24”) and her mysterious son Danny (Beau Mirchoff). Matteo is basically playing a version of Adrianna on “The Sopranos,” a tough Italian woman who says what she thinks without a lot of filter. I haven’t seen enough of her character to know if I’m going to like that or find it distracting. Over all I found the episode entertaining. I’m happy Susan’s daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen), is back full-time on the cast. Her mere presence makes Susan a more grounded realistic character. The series seems to have Gabrielle back on track (although we all know how quickly that can change) but I’m definitely worried that they are making Lynette increasingly dislikable (I think her feelings are realistic but how they are playing out may off put viewers).
I’ll be curious to know what you think about the season premiere of “Desperate Housewives.”
If you’ve missed an episode of the third season of “Mad Men,” AMC is rerunning all the episodes beginning Sunday at 10 a.m. I thought last Sunday’s episode was the best of the season. I think the whole Joan storyline is quickly reaching its boiling point. It’s been fascinating to see a woman who is so confident in so many aspects of her life struggle so personally. We always knew he was a disaster of a husband and now it seems Joan knows it too.
Where Have I Seen Them Before
Jamie Thomas King was Guy MacKendrick, the man who lost his foot, on “Mad Men.” King was Thomas Wyatt on “The Tudors.”
Barbara Barrie and Lois Smith were the two women who told Roxy and Pamela their story on “Army Wives.” Among their many, many credits, Barrie was Susan’s grandmother on “Suddenly Susan” and Smith was Adele Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
We all recognized Wentworth Miller, Michael on “Prison Break,” as the physically aggressive cop on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” but did you catch Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Richard Tyler on “The 4400,” as Mark Foster.
Brooke Burns is Michael Mancini’s wife on “Melrose Place.” Burns Lisa on “Miss Guided,” Kathy on “Pepper Dennis,” and Nicole on “North Shore.”
Derek Richardson, Patrick on “Men in Trees,” was Freedom Master, the patient who jumps out of the parking lot on “House.” Alex Desert, Jake on “Becker,” was Jay-Bird.
Brad Leland, Buddy Garrity on “Friday Night Lights,” was the detective in the flashback on the season premiere of “CSI: Miami.” Jason George, Keith on “Eli Stone” and Jimmy on “What About Brian,” was the husband of the murdered woman. Brad William Henke, Owen on “October Road” and Bram on “Lost,” was the gardener who had committed the murder.
Mike O’Malley was Kurt’s dad on “Glee.” We saw O’Malley last season as Raymond on “My Own Worst Enemy” and as Stuart on “My Name is Earl.” He was also Jimmy on “Yes, Dear.”
Ryan recognized Clare Carey as Helen McGuire, the mother of the kidnapped girl on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Carey was Christine on “Crash,” Mary on “Jericho,” and she’ll always be Kelly on “Coach” to me.
Kirsten recognized Mary Beth Peil, Grams on “Dawson’s Creek,” is Jackie, Alica’s mother-in-law on “The Good Wife.”
Kathie recognized David Denman as the lawyer who asked Jane out on “Drop Dead Diva.” Denman was Roy on “The Office,” Skip on “Angel,” and we just saw him this summer as the man who hallucinated he had a son on “In Plain Sight.”
We all caught Ray Park and Robert Knepper on “Heroes,” but Judy also caught Scott Lowell, Ted on “Queer as Folk,” as the professor at Claire’s college.
Where Have I Seen That Before?
David reminded me of something I totally forgot to tell you in Monday’s column. If the town of Eastwick looks familiar on “Eastwick” it’s because it’s the same Warner Bros. back lot that was Stars Hollow on “Gilmore Girls” including the Eastwick Diner which used to be Luke’s Diner
Quotes of the Week
“All I can say is I am glad that there were no camera phone things when I was here.” Kelly to Harry about high school on “90210.”
“There are two things I know for certain. One, Bert and Ernie are gay. Two, you are not gonna die a virgin .” Dean to Cas, when they thought it might be Castiel’s last night on earth on “Supernatural.” Thanks to Sandy for the quote.
“Jim is like Big Bird. He is tall and yellow and very nice. But would I put him in charge? No, I don’t think so. Big Bird doesn’t make the tough decisions.” Michael to David Wallace on “The Office.”
“You want me to put on some music? Whenever they do this sort of thing on ‘CSI,’ they always do it to music in poorly lit rooms.” Rick Castle on “Castle.” Thanks to Ritchie for the quote.
“Besides, it’s not that impressive, I solve a case every week…and usually one around Christmas.” Shawn on “Psych.” Thanks to Sean for the quote.
Exchanges of the Week
“I’m gay.” Kurt to his father on “Glee.”
“I know. I’ve known since you were three. All you wanted for your birthday was a pair of sensible heels. It makes no difference. I love you just the same.” Kurt’s father. Thanks to Wendy for the exchange.
“He might lose his foot.” Kinsey about Guy on “Mad Men.”
“Right when he got it in the door.” Roger Sterling’s response. Thanks to Danni for the exchange.
“They remade Fame, The Christmas Carol. Has Hollywood totally run out of ideas? Martha to Castle on “Castle.”
“Well, they just optioned Asteroids, the video game, so my guess is yes. But Ryan Reynolds is playing the wee triangle, and he’s good.” Castle’s response. Thanks to Joanna for the quote.
That’s all for today. I’m back on Monday to talk about the series premiere of “Trauma,” “Hank,” and “The Middle.” I’ll also have a review of the season premiere of “Private Practice,” which returns for a third season after a gory, gory season finale. I’ll also have a review of the new series “Three Rivers” and more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal�