It’s still kind of weird seeing Spike on Without a Trace right?
There’s James Marsters sans snarling British accent and fangs and with brown hair. He couldn’t look more different than he did on Buffy and Angel but I still see Spike and it makes me a little melancholy. Spike is one of the best TV characters ever and seeing Marsters on Without a Trace, a show I really enjoy, stings a little.
And he’s not the only actor I’m having trouble accepting in new roles this season. Some I have no trouble with — I’m fine with "Luke, you are a sitcom father" on Aliens in America and take no issue with Nate Fisher now serving as a lawyer for the Darling family on Dirty Sexy Money. But TV Gal reader Carrie wrote me that she’s still mad at Nate for having an affair with his step sister on Six Feet Under and thinks of that every time she watches Peter Krause’s new show.
I know how she feels. Because I’m I struggling with some of the familiar faces in new places on TV this season. There’s Rory’s grandfather looking a little unkempt on Grey’s Anatomy. What would Emily Gilmore say about that? There still talking about Dr. Burke on Grey’s Anatomy but he’s moved on very publicly to Bionic Woman. And try as I might I see Frasier and not Chuck Darling on Back to You.
So, as excited as I am to see Kristen Bell on Heroes beginning October 22, I don’t know how I’ll feel once I’ve seen Veronica Mars on a brand new show. Will it make me sad all over again about the cancellation of the show? Will I keep looking for Logan and Keith?
What actors are you having trouble accepting in new roles this season? How are you feeling about Kristen Bell coming to Heroes? Post your comments below.
Highlights for October 12-14
So now that you all have seen the season premiere of Friday Night Lights (Friday, NBC, 9 p.m.), we can talk freely about the concerning Landry storyline. We all agree this is not a storyline typical or expected for this show. Many of you commented that it seemed straight out of a teen horror movie (I Know What You Did Last Friday Night). I agree. It didn’t make sense that Landry would not think somewhat logically — that he acted in self-defense and they should have called the police. However, if any show was equipped to handle such an out-there and unlikely storyline, it’s Friday Night Lights. And since both Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki are certainly actors up to the task. So I’m holding out hope that eventually we will look back and think this was a great direction for the show to go in, but for now I remain cautiously optimistic. What did you think of the Landry story line? Talk about it below.
Women’s Murder Club premieres Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC and, like many shows on Friday night it’s totally fine. With the exception of my beloved Friday Night Lights, most shows on Friday night fall into that don’t love it/don’t hate it/don’t need to watch it every week but might tune in if I’m home category. You’ll probably be able to solve the crime before the four lovely leads (including Angie Harmon and Laura Harris) but sometimes something that simple is exactly what you need on a Friday night. Plus Kyle Secor, one of my all time favorite actors, also stars. Obviously if you watch, you must promise to record Friday Night Lights. Three stars.
I’m totally convinced that Desperate Housewives (Sunday, ABC, 9 p.m.) has landed upon a stellar mystery this season — the best since the show’s first season. And I love the weekly showdown Katherine Mayfair and Bree. It’s good stuff. Do you like the Katherine and Adam story line? (And by the way I’m having no trouble accepting Nathan Fillion in a new role.)
Okay that’s all for today. I’m back on Monday with a review of my favorite new comedy this season — Samantha Who? I’ll also discuss Boston Legal (I really like that new character Katie Lloyd or as I like to call her British Blossom) and check in on Reaper. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal