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Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Dave!It's time for new TV!

Supernatural. Supposed to be spooky. I figured that out when they posted a notice before the show telling you to turn out the lights. Not bad. Not great. "Alex" from Dark Angel is here, as is "Dean" from Gilmore Girls. I'll try it for a few more episodes, but every time I watch I'll be thinking one thing: "Why couldn't they have kept Miracles on the air?"

Threshold. Oooh! The aliens are going to invade not from space, but from a mathematical equation! Promising sci-fi horror show with a who's-who cast that boggles the mind. Peter Dinklage alone will keep me watching. The initial two-hour pilot was a bit covoluted, but at least it tried to keep moving. I think that when it gets cut back to its regular 1-hour running time it could be something interesting. I worry that viewers won't give it a chance.

Surface. Oooh! The aliens are going to invade not from space, but from out of the ocean! And who cares, because this show is slow. Slow. Slow. Slow. At least with Lost they started out with a bang and THEN got slow... here we're starting off boring from the very start. Lake Bell, who I loved in Boston Legal, is a gum-smacking waste of space that is annoying to the point of horror. I hope the sea monsters eat her very soon. Not that I'll ever be tuning into another episode. I predict this will be one of the first casualties of the season.

How I Met Your Mother. All the laughs seem forced, though I think there is enough promise here that it could become something worth watching if they find their "groove." The premise is certainly nifty enough. Neil Patrick Harris, who totally stole Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle is once again chewing up every scene he's in, and is easily the highlight for me. He provides one of the best lines of the night as well... "Look at you, you beautiful bastard! You suited up! This is totally going in my blog!!"

Kitchen Confidential. I always thought that Bradley Cooper was wasted on Alias, and this new show proves me right... kind of. It's hard to tell, because I don't like the supporting cast at all. Andrea Parker had a surprise appearance, but it looks as though her character is gone, leaving nobody worth watching (including a sleepwalking Frank Langella and vapid Nicholas "Xander" Brendan). The sad part about this is that Bradley Cooper delivers, and the show's concept is brilliant. Having worked in a couple of kitchens, I know there's delicious material to draw from. I will be watching to see if the cast rises to Cooper's level here, but I remain skeptical... yet hopeful.

Las Vegas. ACK! WHAT HAPPENED TO NESSA HOLT ON LAS VEGAS?!? They seem to have replaced the sweet hotness of Marsha Thomason with the skanky scariness of Laura Flynn Boyle. Now why in the heck would they go and do something as stupid as that? What a revolting development. Oh well, at least Sam is still around. As a P.S. here, I think the new design for the Montecito is stupid... both inside and out. The giant waterfall is ludicrous, and when you marry it to some really bad CGI, the casino looks like a joke. The good news is that they finally got fresh "fly-by" material of the city (including the new Wynn hotel), because I was tired of looking at the old crap over and over.

Medium. Cannot believe that Patricia Arquette won an Emmy over Kristen Bell for her work here. She is not at all bad as an actress, and I actually enjoy her character... it just seems so out of league with what's going on at Veronica Mars. Its one saving grace is the fantastic supporting cast and smart, creative writing team.

Next up... the most acclaimed new comedy of the season, My Name is Earl starring fan-favorite Jason Lee. Bitch-Queen of the Universe Martha Stewart gets an Apprentice knock-off. More alien invasion nonsense with the aptly titled Invasion. Chris Rock brings the funny with Everybody Hates Chris. And Jennifer Love Hewitt takes another stab at destroying television with The Ghost Whisperer.

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  1. delmer says:

    My PVR bit the dust just in time for the new season of shows. Anything I’ve seen I’ve had to watch in real time. So, I’m a bit behind.

    I’m sorry I missed Threshold and would have like to have seen Bradley Cooper’s show (he was in a dream of mine the other night that featured free beer).

    I saw a bit of Las Vegas last night.

    I liked Barney’s character in How I Met Your Mother. I don’t know if the start/end bits are going to be the same each time — you know, the kids on the couch … “and that’s how I met ” That will get old fast. (Of course, I said the same thing about the Scene Introduction Cards in Frasier, and after a while I got used to like them — My favorite: Boy N the Hood)

  2. Kevin says:

    “And Jennifer Love Hewitt takes another stab at destroying television with The Ghost Whisperer.”

    That’s gotta be one of the funniest lines I’ve read in a while. Thanks!

    Katie and I watched “How I Met Your Mother” last night and, we agree with you, it wasn’t bad. Not great, but there is promise to it.

  3. PeggyArcher says:

    I worked a couple of days on “How I Met Your Mother”, and the fact that I don’t actually remember it speaks volumes!

    What did you think of “Bones”? I’m hearing it’s not that good.

  4. Randy says:

    Did you see “Head Cases”? I saw it last week and thought it was quite funny and looks promising.

    I’m trying NOT to get hooked on any NEW shows this year, but may have to make an exception for this one.

  5. CJ says:

    I totally agree about Patricia Arquette not even being in the same league as Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars). I thought for sure Glenn Close would win the Emmy, and I can’t imagine how people could have voted for Arquette. I think she’s fine in Medium, but it’s sooo understated, that it’s almost too low-key of a performance. I’ve even read several reviews critical of her “monotone.”

    Kristen Bell, on the other hand, well, that girl is a superstar who strikes every note perfectly on VM. And cute, to boot. I was glad they gave her something to do on the Emmy show (even if it was that awful Emmy Idol thing), but next year she better have a nomination. Oh, who am I kidding? VM is on UPN, which means it probably doesn’t even appear on the Emmy ballots.

  6. lizriz says:

    Dude, tape Bones tonight during Gilmore Girls. Then, when Supernatural is on, rewind your tape and watch Bones.

    Theshold is pretty hot… anything with Peter Dinklage AND Brent Spiner… how can one resist?

    Finally, look, I’m with you on Veronica Mars – I LOVE it, I LOVE Kristen Bell and think she’s uber talented, I think the show hits a new tone that makes me feel joyous, but Medium’s a good show and Patricia Arquette is really enjoyable. It’s a unique role, a Mom that really looks and feels like a Mom with kids and a husband who really look and feel like kids and a husband. It’s a fair, and actually really cool Emmy win.

    If you want to vent about V. Mars hating, how about that scheduling against Lost? What kinda crackhead decision is that???

  7. SJ says:

    Geez. I have GOT to get out from in front of my computer sometimes! I’m really out of it when it comes to non-scifi TV. Lost and Survivor are the only shows I faithfully watch that aren’t part of the SciFi Channel lineup.

  8. YBFITWWW says:

    I love “Starved”!!

  9. Dave2 says:

    Ah, but do you watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” after “Starved??” I love that show!

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