Along with cult favorite Veronica Mars, the fall of 2004 saw the debuts of such breakout shows as Lost, Desperate Housewives and House. Those series all lasted much longer than the perpetually low-rated Mars (which folded after three seasons) but the Rob Thomas-created teen detective thriller is the only one that's getting a feature-film reunion, thanks to its devoted fanbase and the good folks at Kickstarter. Glancing back over that decade-old fall and midseason schedule, here are five other short-lived, mostly-forgotten hour-long network dramas that stand out as contenders for a reunion movie.
For 16 days straight, world-class athletes from around the globe who have trained for years gather to... totally ruin our TV schedules and DVRs. And it's not just NBC's lineup that is put on hold while people perform in death-defying sports for an all-too-brief moment of glory. No, other channels put their shows on hiatus so they don't have to compete with the 2014 Winter Games. So if you're not glued to the drama going on in Sochi, the Olympics will feel like an awfully long two weeks. (Everything on the other channels is usually either a repeat or The Taste.) Thankfully, Netflix -- as is so often the case -- is at your rescue. If you're not an Olympics person (or simply need a break from all that spinning and luging), this is prime time to do some Netflix binging.
Tonight marks the Season 5 premiere of Cougar Town, a feat that seemed almost impossible a few years ago. You might even say as improbable as the ever-blossoming romance between Laurie (Busy Philipps) and Travis (Dan Byrd). Sorry, did I say improbable? I meant inappropriate. Sure, these are both consenting adults, their age gap isn't that wide and now that Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) have settled down the show needed a new love story to focus on, but still….ew. There's just something so inherently wrong about getting together with your best friend's grown son. But whether or not Laurie and Travis make this work (Jules could very well kill Laurie), they're still far from the only so-wrong-it's-wrong TV courtship. Let's take a look back, in no particular order, at some of the most memorable inappropriate relationships:
Forget Lords-a-Leaping or the Maids-a-Milking or whatever the heck Colly birds are. Since the 12 days of Christmas have three solid days at best (Day 5 of those Golden Rings sounds like a pretty good deal) we decided to pick an episode of television to correspond with each day instead. After all, the Christmas-themed episodes of shows like 30 Rock, M.A.S.H., and The O.C. are truly the gifts that keep on giving. So, all together now, here are the 12 Days of classic Christmas episodes to watch this and every season.
When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Is it turkey on the table with all the trimmings or Monica's turkey stuck on Joey's head? Is it watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade or when the Underdog float gets away? Is it uncomfortable dinners with your family or retroactively uncomfortable moments like when Brad Pitt totally hates Jennifer Aniston (er, we mean her character Rachel)? If you answered the latter to any of these, well take comfort in knowing you're not alone. For Friends fans, their Thanksgiving episodes are an essential part of the holiday. So we're running through all ten seasons worth of Thanksgiving episodes and deciding which ones were comedy touchdowns and which ones were total turkeys.
As anyone who has been to New Orleans can tell you, there is some weird, wonderful mojo going on there, with plenty of haunted tours, haunted hotels, haunted just-about-everything to prove it. While the historic city is a beautiful, vibrant and eclectic place with architecture that already looks like a Hollywood set, for whatever reason it hasn't been an ideal destination for TV shows.
Upon hearing that there was a real possibility of a Veronica Mars movie, if creator Rob Thomas could raise enough money through his Kickstarter campaign, the first reaction of any self-respecting fan of the show was to reach for their wallet and hand over all of their money. But the bigger question is: if they do meet their $2 million goal [Update: accomplished in a mere ten hours], is a Veronica Mars movie actually a good idea? We weigh the pros and cons.
I've long been a devout fan of United States of Tara, a show that maybe could have succeeded if a few more people were able to get over their Diablo Cody hang-ups and move past the fact that the show took liberties with dissociative identity disorder in order to, you know, be a fictional series about a struggling family. Whatever. On a more pleasant note, I've noticed former U.S. of Tara players all over my TV screen later, and for my fellow fans, here's what the Gregsons and their friends are up to just in case you've missed them.
We don't know what's more confusing: Why VH1 is bringing back Best Week Ever now, or why it was cancelled in the first place. We always enjoyed watching the pop culture show, and even read the fantastic Best Week Ever blog until it was shut down last June. We're happy it's coming back (assuming TPTB don't screw around with the original format too much) and hope that it's wildly successful so that the cabler will bring back these other recent -- we're not talking the Music First era, here -- gone-too-soon programs:
We're big fans of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit. But just in case you don't want to spend three hours (plus an additional two movies) in Middle-earth, you can experience the same story in a significantly shorter form via the 1977 animated telefilm of The Hobbit.