About the murder. About the kiss. About the new direction.
Let’s check in on where shows that took big risks this season ended up in 2007.
Friday Night Lights: Well Landry finally confessed and the storyline that had us all concerned came to a close. Or did it? I like that the show addressed what we had all been thinking — that Landry didn’t exactly act in self defense. And clearly this is a fact that he will continue to struggle with and his confession didn’t give him the peace he was seeking. I still don’t quite understand how all the charges against Landry were dropped — especially since Landry and Tyra disposed of the body and Landry and his father destroyed evidence after the fact. Anyone who has watched Law & Order knows that’s a big no-no. I still don’t think this story line was the right direction for the show to go in but I’m hopeful that it will lead to some great scenes for the very talented Jesse Plemons. Friday Night Lights continues to thrive by the nuanced small moments (I love the scenes between Julie and Tami) and by making even the smallest characters pitch-perfect (how creepy is Tim’s roommate?). This many seem like a strange comparison, but the residents of Dillon, Texas are as vibrant as the characters of Stars Hollow. Like Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights thrives on making even the smallest character distinctively shine. There’s just so much good stuff here — Santiago joining the team, Tim’s struggle to get back on the team, Jason’s struggle for independence (and hilarious blind date), Eric’s jealously, Matt’s burgeoning romance, Tami’s sibling rivalry, and Smash’s college dreams. I’ve been thinking for awhile now that they really need to figure out what they’re doing with Lyla’s character and the good news is that Matt Czuchry (Logan on Gilmore Girls) will soon begin his guest stint as Lyla’s potential love interest. All in all, Friday Night Lights remains one of my favorite shows. How about you?
Bones: I’ve gotta tell you — I liked the kiss Bone and Booth shared under the mistletoe. It was simultaneously awkward and hot. And I think it was the perfect way to address the potential romance between these two characters without actually moving them in the direction of a romance. It gave viewers a peak at possibility but it was also a moment that they could let sit for the rest of the season. So I liked the kiss. How about you?
Heroes: After what I thought hinted at a potential turnaround, I have to say I thought the end of volume 2 was a convoluted mess. Yes I was glad to see evil Sylar’s return at the end of the episode but too many of the characters were behaving inconsistently and erratically. I also don’t think it was necessarily a great idea to have Nikki and Micah off in their totally separate story line. And worst than that, I was kind of bored during the episode and struggled to pay attention. I still think volume 3 is salvageable and have hope. But I don’t like how volume 2 ended, did you?
What did you think of Friday Night Lights, Bones and Heroes? Post your comments below.
The Remaining Episodes Countdown
So many of you have asked me how many episodes are left of remaining shows. TV Gal reader Cass found this very helpful link on wikipedia that appears to be fairly accurate.
To me the big unknown is when networks will decide to air the one remaining episode of Grey’s Anatomy, 30 Rock and the rest of the shows with only a handful of episodes left. For instance, NBC had planned on airing the last remaining episode of My Name is Earl , which takes place Christmas morning, on December 13 and now that episode is scheduled for January 10, 2008. Just this week, ABC pulled Big Shots from the schedule including the episode that guest starred Charisma Carpenter that was supposed to air on December 13. Right now it appears that FOX is planning on airing the remaining three episodes of Bones and House in January and February (including the House episode that will air after the Super Bowl), but this is the same network that scheduled the unaired episodes of Drive twice and then never aired them. So I think all bets are off right now.
Quotes of the Week
"I seem to have lost my date. I wonder where Holly Harper is?" Nora on Brothers & Sisters. Thanks to J for the quote.
"It’s an Anna Sui. I know I should feel something but I feel nothing. War has changed me." Amanda to Daniel on Ugly Betty during the paint ball war.
"I like when a woman has ambition. It’s like seeing a dog wearing clothes." Jack to CC on 30 Rock.
”Oh Andrea I have the perfect dress for you, it looks as good at night as it does stumbling home in the morning.” Regina to Andrea on Samantha Who? Thanks to Bruno for the quote.
"Dr. Hahn….shut up." Meredith to Dr. Hahn when she is discussing a patient’s mortality in front of him on Grey’s Anatomy. Thanks to Jeff for the quote.
"You fudging touch me again. I’ll fudging kill you." Dean after the pagan god scorns him for swearing while she was torturing him on Supernatural. Thanks for Sandy for the quote.
Highlights for the Weekend
CBS offers up all new episodes this Friday. One of my favorites Gordon Clapp (Detective Medavoy on NYPD Blue) guests stars as Santa Claus on Ghost Whisperer (Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS). Mick learns why Josef thinks he and Beth will never work (besides the whole undead thing) on Moonlight (Friday at 9 p.m. on CBS). Those of us who miss Papa Mars will be happy to know that Enrico Colantoni guest stars on Numb3rs (Friday at 10 p.m. on CBS). That’s the good news. The bad news — Colantoni plays a former FBI contractor who takes an FBI agent hostage.
HBO’s series Extras comes to a close this Sunday. George Michael, Clive Owen and Gordon Ramsay all stop by Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Sunday at 9 p.m. And by the way all you Wire fans, get ready for the final season of The Wire which begins on January 6.
The second season of Dexter comes to a close this Sunday at 9 p.m. on Showtime.
I want to thank all of you for your feedback on the blog format. I read all you emails and all your comments to my blog.
After nearly ten years of writing the column once a week, it has been an adjustment for me to move my once a week column to a three times a week blog. I’m still getting used to the new format and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
Soooo . . . what I’m hearing from many of you is that you would prefer that I go back to my traditional column on Mondays that includes highlights for the entire week. So beginning this Monday I’ll return to having my regular TV Gal column on Mondays. I’ll still post familiar faces on Wednesday and quotes of the week on Friday. On both Wednesday and Friday, I’ll also include any additional TV comments that may have happened since I wrote on Monday. I hope you continue to let me know what you think.
As a reminder, here is the schedule for my year-end Best of columns:
Monday, December 17 — 10 Best Shows of 2007
Wednesday, December 19 — 10 Best Characters of 2007
Friday, December 21 — Best Quotes of 2007
Monday, December 24 — Best Moments of 2007
Friday, December 28 — Best of Everything Television 2007
I’ve also heard your comments that the inconsistent nature of when I post is frustrating. I totally get that. What I will do going forward is always post new content by 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So if you check after 3 p.m. ET new content will be up.
And as for this Wednesday, I was felled by a terrible case of food poisoning. My head didn’t spin around but it was a little reminiscent of The Exorcist. I apologize for the lack of post on Wednesday.
Please keep your comments — both positive and negative — coming.
That’s all for today. I’m back on Monday with my picks for my picks for the top 10 shows of 2007. I’ll also preview Clash of the Choirs, which strangely I’m very excited about. Remember I still want to hear your suggestions for the best quotes and best moments of 2007. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your suggestions. Seen a familiar face? Or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at email@example.com. Have a great weekend.