Well I totally think I jinxed Jennie Garth.
As soon as I declared I was rooting for her, she was voted off the show (all together now booooo!). Really I think the only way Dancing with the Stars can make it up to me is to continue its 90210 run and have Luke Perry on next season. But with Dancing with the Stars wrapping up this week (the final three dance Monday at 8 p.m. with a winner declared Tuesday at 9 p.m.), ABC has some room on its schedule. Let’s take a look at the two returning shows joining the line-up this week.
Notes from the Underbelly (above, Monday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC): I think you know that sometimes I get irrationally annoyed by a show (see Trees, Men in). And certainly my dislike of this returning sitcom about parenthood is disproportionate to the crime the show commits. It’s not funny, but plenty of shows aren’t funny. Here’s the thing — I find Notes tedious. It’s only a half-hour show but I swear it took me over three hours to watch the first two episodes available for review. It’s strange because I like Jennifer Westfeldt. She co-wrote and played the title character of the 2002 movie Kissing Jessica Stein and is the real-life girlfriend of Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, so what’s not to like? On this show quite a bit — none of the characters are people you want to spend 22 minutes with. Even the always hilarious Rachael Harris can’t save this show. I think what bothers me the most is that clearly the show thinks it is hilarious. There’s a bit of a smug satisfaction that is present throughout the episodes. One and a half stars.
?). That little reveal from Eddie at the end of last week’s episode is the kind of situation fun, cheesy soap operas are built on. This week, Hannah apparently tells Nick how she feels about him and Kevin Weisman (who has been everywhere lately) guest stars. I’m keeping an open mind. Three stars.
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Highlights for November 26 and 27
Wayne Brady returns as Barney’s brother in How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. on CBS. This episode sends Barney to the Victoria Secret’s Fashion show where he’s surrounded by supermodels including Heidi Klum, Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Selita Ebanks, and Adriana Lima. Why is Barney attending a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, you ask? Excellent question. Next Tuesday, CBS airs the fashion show so this is a lovely little piece of cross-promotion.
The thought to be very dead Bryce is back on Chuck (Monday, NBC, 9 p.m.) Or at least he appears to be.
You know I’m all about fearless predictions. So I just have to ask — is anyone else suspicious of Dr. Lance Sweets on Bones (Tuesday, FOX, 8 p.m.)? Shortly after it’s announced that John Francis Daley is joining the cast of Bones, his character becomes extremely interested Widow’s Son serial killer. Am I crazy to think he’s somehow involved? Please advise. This week on Bones, Brennan and Booth find a baby and find themselves under the mistletoe. FOX is promoting this as the moment we’ve all been waiting for. But I don’t think you guys want Bones and Booth together, right? The general consensus seems to be that it didn’t work for The X-Files and it won’t work here.
And there are big things happening on House this week (Tuesday, FOX, 9 p.m.). The cranky doc must pick the final members of his team. I know that rumors abound that the final cast members are Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, and Peter Jacobson. But I’m so rooting for Anne Dudek to make the cut. Pretty please, can’t House have four new doctors on his team? As much as I’m loving this season, I’m also looking forward to Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer being woven back into the main plot. The producers promised they weren’t going anywhere but Morrison and Spencer have been in the background long enough. We need them back in the thick of things. Oh and if Dr. Foreman could be less of a crankypants that would be great too.
Reaper (Tuesday, CW, 9 p.m.) has been a little bit of a disappointment to all of us. The pilot had so much potential but the subsequent episodes have been a little too repetitive — same Sam, different week. Hopefully an appearance by Melinda Clarke, the ever-fabulous Julie Cooper on The O.C., as the Devil’s girlfriend will spice things up.
That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Wednesday with this week’s familiar faces (is there a love affair between Private Practice and Gilmore Girls?) and to discuss my favorite life-changing sweeps events. Have a question, seen a familiar face or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you on Wednesday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal