January 2009 Archives
Fans of The Mentalist, good news! Finally, there is a second show on TV for you to -- whoops, that was the beginning of my article about Lie to Me. Sorry about that. No, Psych already had two seasons under its belt when The Mentalist rolled into town, and had already impressed its Monk-loving lead-in audience with its hilarious tales of a hyper-observant, perfectly-coiffed, fake-psychic investigator and his partner. (To be fair, The Mentalist features a former fake psychic, but it's still kinda uncanny.) Anyhoo, partners Shawn and Gus are always making pop-culture references and exchanging witty banter, and it's actually a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys the TV shows of Joss Whedon -- just be prepared for a lot less angst. Also, Whedon has likely never written a Super Bowl tie-in episode for any of his shows. (Maybe when he worked on Roseanne?)
While watching Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares makes me wary of ever eating at a restaurant again (have you seen some of the dirty horrors he's uncovered?), I don't have the same issue with Hell's Kitchen. Nope. In fact, all it does is make me not want to eat at any of the restaurants these contestants work at... ever. After seeing Ramsay berate someone for picking pasta out of the trash, washing it off and then trying to serve it, I'm a little skeptical that these people can cook.
Fans of The Mentalist, good news! Finally, there is a second show on TV for you to watch. We know, we know -- you only like shows that feature a highly insightful person decoding crimes or mysteries with the help of a young, reasonably attractive team of investigators, which meant that until now, you could only watch one program per week. Well, this show fits that criteria exactly, so make that two! ...Seriously, the press has been telling us to be on the lookout for shows that knocked off The Mentalist, the only success story from last fall's pilot season, but who knew the first one would star a big gun like Tim Roth? Whether you loved him in Reservoir Dogs (me!) or The Incredible Hulk (me! me!), he's just as quirky and interesting here, and he may be the one who keeps me interested in the show until the rest of the cast starts to grow on me (if that ever happens).
I'm actually kind of liking Scrubs this season, and while tonight just might be a little too cutesy for me, I'm just gonna go with it, because what am I, Oscar the Grouch? Nope, but he is guesting tonight. Tonight features appearances by Elmo, Grover and the aforementioned Oscar, who are all at Sacred Heart for some reason or another. Yay, Grover! I'm so glad they didn't forget about Grover. He usually gets the shaft while Elmo gets all the attention for being younger and furrier or whatever. But tonight it looks like he gets his degree in medicine, or at least gets to wear a stethoscope and lab coat!
Let's manage expectations here, people. Just because this is a show about people who work in an ad agency, this is not, nor does it ever try to be, Mad Men. Any comparisons would be completely unfair, because this is not a highly-stylized carefully scripted period drama where every teeny piece of dialogue or utterance has lasting significance. Instead, it is a light-hearted, brightly-colored and fun look at the modern world of advertising with cute slackers getting promoted and mad cases of undiagnosed ADHD running rampant. Which isn't a bad thing, it is just different. Oh, and did I mention that Tom Cavanagh (Ed from Ed) and Eric McCormack (Will from Will & Grace) are the stars? So it is more comedy, less drama.
If you didn't watch last week's midseason return of this phenomenal space oddity, don't read any further until you do. Seriously. I warned you. Because while I'm still reeling from the utterly heartbreaking and all too realistic death of Dualla, and the reveal of the identity of the final Cylon, another episode is on tap for tonight and it is sure to be another doozy. In fact, I'm pretty much bracing myself for a rollercoaster of emotions each and every week as this show finishes out its final season.
It's that time of year again. When the American Idol juggernaut takes over Fox and all their decent shows get shuffled off to various new and different time slots. Bones, which has been all over their schedule in its four seasons, has now landed on Thursday nights at 8 PM, where it is up against Smallville, My Name Is Earl, Survivor and Ugly Betty. While it may involve a bit of DVR juggling, it's worth finding something to bump, especially for this week's circus/conjoined twin-themed episode. Though tonight, you'll need to make room for two hours, since this winter premiere was supposed to happen last week and got bumped because of George W.'s goodbye speech.
Buckle up! This compelling, yet baffling series is back for its fifth season, and it is sure to be a bumpy ride. It better be worth the wait. These long, long breaks in between seasons are kind of killing me. And the never ending streak of teaser trailers has just built my anticipation up to a fever pitch. So it starts up again tonight with a two-hour episode. And somehow they've seen fit to find a way to bring bad ass Ana-Lucia back (in a flashback, I presume), because even though Michelle Rodriguez got into all kinds of trouble with the local law in the real world and they had to kill her character off, she's still more important to this story than Libby. Or at least that's how it seems.
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