SweepsI 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.