Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sweeps

I was listening to the radio this morning, and during Show Biz News, it was reported that Heather Mills has signed to be on Dancing with the Stars! I love KROQ because they don't censor Show Biz News reporter Ralph Garman from saying what we're all thinking, which this morning was "yes folks, Dancing with the Stars has signed a one-legged, money-grubbing whore." I almost crashed when I bent over to kiss my radio.

Speaking of television, I exploded in a rant last week expressing my concern about the future of Grey's Anatomy. Will it continue to be the quality show it was in season one and most of season two, or is it already devolving into a sad cliche? Apparently, I'm not the only one feeling the pain of disappointment based on your comments and a post at The Gilded Moose yesterday. Part two of Grey's big sweeps 3-part episode airs Thursday and will likely answer the question, "Is Meredith Grey sleeping with the fishes?" (please oh please oh please oh please) So what did you guys think of part one of the ferry boat fire/mass casualty extravaganza? I'm withholding my final judgment until all three episodes air, but a couple little details were vintage Grey's and worth mentioning.

1. The chief is hysterical. He showed up to work with his hair dyed black. He did this "for the ladies." Awesome elevator scene with the chief and the attendings.

2. Loved the scene with Cristina and Alex where she expressed her morbid curiosity about the disaster site, getting excited when she heard that there were pilons on top of bodies, jealous that she didn't get to go to traumapalooza and witness the carnage first-hand, and culminating with the two interns engaging in their usual bickering of medical oneupsmanship. Surgeons are indeed arrogant, and Cristina and Alex are the only two interns who actually come across as surgeons-in-training to me. I always love scenes involving dialogue between these two.

3. Funny to see that Bailey and Callie O'Malley are as annoyed as the rest of us by their ever-cheerful colleague Sydney.

4. I liked the foreshadowing of Meredith's bathtub scene at the beginning of the show for what was to happen at the end. I guarantee McDreamy is going to be the one to pull her out of the water. That's what foreshadowing is.

On an ironic side note, my employer (also a large teaching hospital) is conducting employee seminars on managing mass casualty emergencies the same time as Grey's big ferry boat story arc. Coincidence?

What the hell. Since it's sweeps, I'm going to comment on all my favorite network shows.

The Office - Pam left the wedding with Roy! I know a lot of people are clamoring for Pam and Jim to get together already, but I'm rather enjoying the suspense. BTW, one of the best things about The Office is watching the deleted scenes each week on NBC's website. There's lots of good stuff there. They haven't explained it on the show yet, but in one of the deleted scenes a couple weeks ago (the week Jim put Andy's cell phone in the ceiling), Andy was sent away to anger management which he calls "management training." This show never disappoints. Incidentally, Dr. Drew from Loveline is a big fan of The Office.

Brothers and Sisters - Did you notice the reference to Defamer made by Chad (Jason Lewis' character) during Sunday's show? Good stuff. The actress who plays Chad's girlfriend is the real-life daughter of Patricia Wettig (Holly) and Michael Olin (producer/writer/director). And Holly's daughter, Rebecca, is going to be introduced on the next episode. For the record, I'm Team Brothers. I can't stand the sisters.

Boston Legal - According to TVGuide.com, someone leaves the firm tonight! (I'm not fishing, EditThis, just reporting the news and commenting.) I also recently read from the same source that the actors who play Brad Chase and Jeffrey Coho are each involved in pilots for new shows, so my guess is it's either of them. I'm going to have to predict that tonight's departure will be Coho considering that Brad (finally) got a little piece of storyline last week, what with the paternity of Denise's baby and all. My mother is going to die if Brad leaves, but maybe she'll stop making me uncomfortable with her inappropriate sexual comments about him if he's no longer on her television each week. Yeah, my 70-something-year-old mom has the hots for Brad Chase, just kill me now. I only started watching BL this season, but I'm nearly caught up thanks to Netflix. It's smart, irreverent, quirky, and features awesome costume parties.

Scrubs - Scrubs got off to a late start this season, and I think it's only just getting back into its awesome groove. I loved the musical episode a couple of weeks ago. Coming up in the next several weeks, they are killing off a regular character. I don't know who it is, but I heard that Nurse Roberts is going into a coma soon, so figure it out. If it were forced to decide which regular to bump, I'd choose Nervous Guy aka Dr. Murphy and spare Nurse Roberts, although I do get a kick out of Nervous Guy's unlikely friendship with Ted. Without question, my favorite characters are Dr. Cox and Jordan. Let's hope this isn't Scrubs' last season and that NBC gives it a little more support after leaving it in limbo for so many months in 2006.

25 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 13, 2007 4:21:00 PM, Blogger EditThis said...

1. I just refuse to watch a show where someone is called "McDreamy."

2. Considering how much Roy annoyed me when he and Pam were engaged, I found myself to also be excited he was leaving with Pam from the party. Jim needs to man up if he wants a piece of that.

3. I won't say who, but you're on the right path, and I was disappointed to see that character go.

4. My favorite character on Scrubs is the Janitor. That guy cracks me up. Did you ever see the episode where JD was watching The Fugitive and and saw The Janitor on it, and it turns out he used to be an actor in a past life? It was especially funny because the real actor HAD been in that film, and they used a clip he was in. Brilliant!

 
At Tuesday, February 13, 2007 4:54:00 PM, Blogger v said...

I'm also a big fan of THE OFFICE. And the Jim & Pam story line has had me all over the place. I started strongly team Jim (like everyone else). But I thought Jim was rather mean to Pam during that parking lot (I think) talk in which he sorta made a show of moving on (even though he of course still has feelings for Pam). And now I feel really bad for Roy, who has changed things around completely. Only on tv can there be a guy like Roy. But the new Roy seems like a real good guy. In any event, I'm not sure when they'll bring Jim and Pam together, but let's hope Roy and Karen can maybe have a love connection as well. Yes, I am taking THE OFFICE romance plot a little too seriously.

 
At Tuesday, February 13, 2007 8:09:00 PM, Blogger PixieGaf said...

I am not a big fan of Heather Mills or any show that plans on having her on.

The Office as always never fails to entertain me. I don't know how I feel about Pam & Jim anymore. I don't think they will end up together anytime soon because all the fun lies in us anticipating them hooking-up.

I wish I could comment on all the other shows but I have not seen any of them. Now I feel like I need to.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:59:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

1. Ralph Garman rocks!
2. I have been having trouble accessing the Moose
3. Grey's - blah, blah, blah
4. On BL - you must be talking about that handsome guy who was in a short lived series about an american cop working in London? very funny and done in a Guy Ritchie Lock, Stock and Snatch style - your mom has good taste!
5. I haven't watched that Office episode yet - it's downloaded on my iPod to watch on vacay - along with 30 rock - u gotta give that show a try
6. Scrubs too is one of my favs - funny, daring and often touching

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:58:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

Edit - I love the Janitor, too. When I saw the episode with The Fugitive clip, I immediately checked out IMDB and was delighted to see that the actor was, indeed, in the film.

Wasn't surprised to see it was Coho leaving. The first time I saw BL was the episode where he and Claire were introduced, and Coho was assigned to that judge's murder trial. After that arc ended, they never really used him again. I'm glad for the actor that he found another gig.

Pix - I think it's hilarious Heather Mills is going to be on that show. Everyone will tune in to see if she falls.

Diane - The one my mom loves is the blonde, blue-eyed, chiseled guy. Is that the one you're thinking of?

I don't blame you for hating Grey's babble. I feel the same way when Kevin and Bean start talking about Lost.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:19:00 AM, Blogger EditThis said...

Coho started out annoying, but grew into a very 3 dimensional character. Much more 3-D than Brad Chase's. Mark Valley (Who plays Brad) is an incredibly funny comedy actor and is very under utilized. I'm glad to hear Bierko has another project in the works. The funniest thing I've ever seen was Valley and Bierko taking a break in front of the building in their Buzz Lightyear costumes, sans helmets.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 9:27:00 AM, Blogger Ryan said...

1) I don't watch Dancing w/ the Stars, but to hear that Heather Mills will be joing the cast bothers me. She is such a whore, in all various arenas. Attention whore, Money whore, and a one-legged VD carrying whore. I hope that her fake leg falls off during the the salsa dance. That would be must see TV.

2) I feel asleep during last weeks Grey's. I need to watch the episode on the ABC website at some point today or tomrrow in order to catch up.

The whole "Just for Men" dye job on the chief was such a riot. I love when they were all talking about him in the elevator with him standing right there. That is why I love Grey's Anatomy. When the writers are on, they are ON!

Sydney is one of my favorite characters due to the fact that I cannot stand her. I like how they actually have delved a little deeper into her character. Keep her around, she is a shit stirrer for sure.

3) The Office- Don't watch, but have recently started watching Season 1 on DVD. Thank you Netflix. The show is growing on me.

4) Bros & Sluts - One of my favorite shows on TV right now, but you know that LA. Can't wait for the introduction of Rebecca and the Senator's brother.

5) Boston Legal - Sorry Edit, but I use to watch the Practice, but never got into BL. I think I should rent this on DVD. I have heard great things about the show, but never had the time to watch.

6) Scrubs- Sorry folks but I have never liked this program. I tried many times, but never really grew on me.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:05:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

That's him! It is Mark Valley who is the hottie on BL - his former show was Fast Eddie or Crazy Eddie or Yank Eddie - something like that

The funny thing about Heather on DWTS is that she will get zero votes even if she is good - it is 90 percent a popularity contest - unless there is a big one legged lobby group I am unaware of . . .

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:15:00 AM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

1.Alex is my new favourite Grey's character.

2.I can't see Heather Mills joining a reality tv show where the audience votes people off. I can't see her getting many votes with the amount of Americans that are pro-McCartney in this divorce mess.

3.Sydney is grating on my nerves, but I'm happy that other characters hate her just as much as I do.

4.I LOVE the idea of Jim/Pam, so this is killing me right now. I am impressed with how Roy's character has evolved. Still anti-Karen.

5.I don't watch any of the other shows. I know I should have gotten in to Brothers and Sisters, but it started the same time as Studio 60. I made a BIG mistake when choosing.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:07:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

mishy - I like the Karen character more since I realized she is the daughter of Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones - she looks just like her mother (well, except for the blond hair). Back wayyyyy before your time, Peggy starred in the Mod Squad - a very cool '60s show

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:35:00 PM, Blogger EditThis said...

Diane - you're dating yourself with the Mod Squad reference. BTW - that show was called Keen Eddie. I hear it was good.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:11:00 PM, Blogger prunella jones said...

I miss KROQ. I onced danced at Rage with Michael the Maintenance Man. Remember him?

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:46:00 PM, Blogger EditThis said...

Pru - Isn't he the guy who sued them, who they're not allowed to talk about on the air?

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 3:39:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

So much Pop Culture trivia today!

edit - yep, Keen Eddie, and I, its lone viewer, thought it was good, and I think you're right about Pru's dance partner

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 5:38:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

OMG, Michael the Maintenance Man!

I'm so old, I remember Paul the 55-year-old intern who is at least 70 by now.

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 5:56:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Keen Eddie is on Netflix!

 
At Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:02:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

Grey falling into the drink may be the end of the show for me. Since when is bigger production costs better than the writing?

It all starts with the writer(s). And the cracks in the storyline are beginning to show.

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 12:18:00 PM, Blogger LN said...

Someone on Scrubs is gonna die? I didnt know that... last time I checked it was Grey's turn to kill a regular.

Dr Cox is the man, hands down. I will always have a soft spot for JD but he is getting a little too over-the-top for my taste.

As far as the musical episode, it was okay. I wished they had left the Dominican song out, though. I can't decide whether it was too cheesy or just not funny enough.

I am a late Scrubs fan so I got to watch all six seasons (almost!) at the same time, and I gotta admit the show isn't as good as in its early days. Still I hope it won't get cancelled

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 5:58:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

LA - Since I fell asleep last Thursday in the middle of GA I watched it online this afternoon. I have decided that they need to stop using Snow Patrol music in their episodes. The last 5 minutes was an ode to Snow Patrol. I think the writers/song pickers need to venture out. I love Snow Patrol, but now when I listen to them all I can think about is GA. That is wrong.

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

I loved Izze's "I believe" speech. She forgot one line though -

"I believe" Meredith should parish.

That's it and that's all!


FOR FUCK SAKE! They just brought back the two dead hot guys!

Bring them back to life and kill Meredith

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:38:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

OMG, Ryan, I HATED Izzy's speech! I was ready to fill her mouth with cement and sew her lips together.

Denny looked hotter than friggin hell. So did the bomb squad guy. Nice twist, Shonda.

Too bad Grey's is going to hell in a handbasket.

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:13:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

LA- you really hated it! Wow!

I do have to agree that Grey's is going to hell in a handbasket!

The bomb squad guy, (Kyle Chandler) is super hot. Holy Crap.

Isn't sad that both you and I know Meredith will be a survivor. It bums me out.

 
At Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:13:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

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At Saturday, February 17, 2007 10:51:00 AM, Blogger LA said...

ln - I think one reason they had the Dominican song is because Judy Reyes (Carla) is by far the best singer in the cast.

 
At Saturday, February 17, 2007 2:33:00 PM, Blogger kookla100 said...

I'm missing a show that has Jason Lewis on it?

This is a great post, LA. I love your passion for TV. I love TV. Heck, I just love.

 

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