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Head Cases
When you think "compelling television," you think "stressed-out upper-class lawyer trying to learn how to relax," right? Oh, right. Head Cases found out very quickly the perils of hanging your hat on a milquetoast character like Jason Payne (played by Chris O'Donnell) whose biggest problem was that he liked a well-written memo a little too passionately. The show aimed for Odd Couple -- pairing golden boy O'Donnell with the frenetic Adam Goldberg playing an angry lawyer with the actor's usual ratio of grunts to tics (a lot : a lot) -- but landed on Blah Couple, and just two slim episodes of earnest wackiness were more than enough for both Fox and TWoP to simultaneously rule "case dismissed!" -- Drunken Bee

House
A sophomore slump is about as hard to shake as a Vicodin addiction when a show is as out-of-the-gate good as House was last season. But the show refused to be handicapped and served up another good season, albeit slightly crippled by storylines like House's endlessly complicated and terminally boring relationship with ex-girlfriend Stacy Frozenface, the Cottages' out-of-character behavior (although this would imply that they have developed enough characters to be out of, which they still don't) -- including taking a patient's meth and sleeping with a co-worker, trying to inject a co-worker with a deadly disease, and kissing a nine-year-old patient on the lips -- and House's transition from likable bastard with a pain problem into horrible asshole who tortures teenagers, takes all kinds of illicit drugs including morphine and LSD, uses hookers, and calls a grieving husband's recently brain-dead wife's body "meat." Somehow, though, the show's writing and Hugh Laurie's acting made even the most seemingly irredeemable of House's actions forgivable, and the great episodes more than made up for the ones that weren't. And Cameron got cool, which I never would have believed possible. We left the show in a season finale that, in what is becoming true House style, used and abused the audience's perception of television reality perfectly, and gave us something to talk about all summer while we eagerly await Season Three. -- Sara M

Invasion
Let's see. It was a show about an alien invasion that happened during one of the worst hurricanes the United States has ever seen. And it premiered a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Is it any wonder it got off to a slow start? There was something about the evils of blended families, a pregnant woman who was constantly in danger, potential stepsibling incest, and pod people. At least in the first two episodes, which was all we covered. -- Kim

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The 2005-2006 Tubey Awards: Show Round-Ups

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The 2005-2006 Tubey Awards: Show Round-Ups

Head Cases
When you think "compelling television," you think "stressed-out upper-class lawyer trying to learn how to relax," right? Oh, right. Head Cases found out very quickly the perils of hanging your hat on a milquetoast character like Jason Payne (played by Chris O'Donnell) whose biggest problem was that he liked a well-written memo a little too passionately. The show aimed for Odd Couple -- pairing golden boy O'Donnell with the frenetic Adam Goldberg playing an angry lawyer with the actor's usual ratio of grunts to tics (a lot : a lot) -- but landed on Blah Couple, and just two slim episodes of earnest wackiness were more than enough for both Fox and TWoP to simultaneously rule "case dismissed!" -- Drunken Bee

House
A sophomore slump is about as hard to shake as a Vicodin addiction when a show is as out-of-the-gate good as House was last season. But the show refused to be handicapped and served up another good season, albeit slightly crippled by storylines like House's endlessly complicated and terminally boring relationship with ex-girlfriend Stacy Frozenface, the Cottages' out-of-character behavior (although this would imply that they have developed enough characters to be out of, which they still don't) -- including taking a patient's meth and sleeping with a co-worker, trying to inject a co-worker with a deadly disease, and kissing a nine-year-old patient on the lips -- and House's transition from likable bastard with a pain problem into horrible asshole who tortures teenagers, takes all kinds of illicit drugs including morphine and LSD, uses hookers, and calls a grieving husband's recently brain-dead wife's body "meat." Somehow, though, the show's writing and Hugh Laurie's acting made even the most seemingly irredeemable of House's actions forgivable, and the great episodes more than made up for the ones that weren't. And Cameron got cool, which I never would have believed possible. We left the show in a season finale that, in what is becoming true House style, used and abused the audience's perception of television reality perfectly, and gave us something to talk about all summer while we eagerly await Season Three. -- Sara M

Invasion
Let's see. It was a show about an alien invasion that happened during one of the worst hurricanes the United States has ever seen. And it premiered a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Is it any wonder it got off to a slow start? There was something about the evils of blended families, a pregnant woman who was constantly in danger, potential stepsibling incest, and pod people. At least in the first two episodes, which was all we covered. -- Kim

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