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A show that I used to laud as ...

Question: A show that I used to laud as being the best on television has now become a soggy mess. It's bitterly disappointing. What show has left me so bereft? Grey's Anatomy. It's not excitingly different anymore. How can I like the direction of the show? My stomach churns dangerously whenever George and Izzie come on the screen. Cristina, who used to be hilariously and outrageously mean, is now just plain mean. In fact, whereas these characters used to be deliciously diverse and unique, every one of them now comes across as mean. And I am now weary of Meredith and Derek (this new version of their relationship tires me). I used to have faith enough in the writers to believe that they were taking these storylines somewhere rich and wonderful, but not anymore. The very core of the show, the characters, have changed. This season was going to be hard enough for me without my favorite character on the show, Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington, who, despite anyone's opinion of his personality, is ... read more

Jeers: Isaiah Washington's Bionic Energy Crisis

Michelle Ryan and Isaiah Washington in Bionic Woman by Carol Segal/NBC Photo

Jeers to Isaiah Washington for his tragically lethargic performance on Bionic Woman. The former Grey's Anatomy lightning rod was clearly brought onto NBC's sci-fi remake to generate controversy — and ratings — but he sucks the life out of every scene. As Antonio Pope, the trainer/guru of Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, who's no party herself), he's adopted a too-cool-for-school acting style, mumbling his lines and only coming to life when he's kicking somebody's ass. Washington needs to take a cue from his Bionic cast mate Katee Sackhoff and amp up his energy level several notches. He should be better, stronger... and less boring.More Cheers & Jeers: Read and react to Bruce's opinions on Damages, Heroes, Housewives and Friday Night Lights, then share your own raves and rants about other shows on the new Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board. Your comments could wind up in TV Guide magazine! read more

The Push Worked for Daisies

Kristin Chenowith in Pushing Daisies by Scott Garfield/ABC

The early ratings are in, and it looks like the combination of aggressive promotion and laudatory media buzz paid off for the first round of ABC’s delightful Pushing Daisies, which handily won its time period Wednesday and is off to a solid start. Honestly, though, if any of the reality alternatives had prevailed (especially CBS’s snooze-inducing Kid Nation and the is-that-still-on stupid briefcase show over on NBC), I think I’d be wearing a black armband in to work for the rest of the season. I’m dying to see a second episode of Daisies, and am trying to pretend I’m not worried that ABC hasn’t supplied one yet. (A year ago, I was dazzled by the pilot of The Nine, an episode the series never again lived up to.) Still, after watching an opening hour as filled with wonder and whimsy as Daisies’ pilot (or “Pielette,” as the episode was titled), how can anyone express anything but hope?My other top Wednesday night priority was seeing how Priv... read more

"Paradise Lost"

Well, if you agreed with last week's blog question about Jaime's boyfriend being "utterly meh" then you're probably not too sad to see him dead. But his passing — and that loose floorboard — gave her some guidance toward who he really was and what he was involved with.I don't blame her for trying to walk away from it all and return to her normal life under the radar. But when she was a little too strong for "Mr. Right Now" to have a good time, and the ringing in her ear was too hard to ignore, she had no other choice. Plus, saving that suicidal woman gave her a little bit of a high, huh?And with one trip to Jonas' office, she was suddenly a player in "The Game." Enter ex-Dr. Burke. Forget about whiny interns, this is a whole other ball game in terms of saving lives. Isaiah Washington definitely has the aura of a leader — as we saw on Grey's Anatomy — so I'm intrigued by his role as Jaime's supervisor. And order No. 1 was to start training.Her session with Jae was... read more

Grey's T.R. Has "Nothing to Say" as "Anniversary" Nears

T.R. Knight by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, T.R. Knight sought to put to rest, once and for all, the controversy which has consumed the Grey's Anatomy set for nearly a year and led him out of the closet. Though Isaiah Washington has used multiple forums to offer his take on the October 2006 on-set scrape, Knight says, "I have nothing, absolutely nothing to say about it. With all due respect, I haven't said much at all, but I have said some, and I don't need to say more.... 'Cause it's August of '07.... And it's a beautiful sunny day. In. August. Of 2007.""Sunny" can't be used to qualify Katherine Heigl's take on the sitch. She chimes in to the Times, "I have no respect for how Isaiah has handled this. I'm disgusted. That's probably a strong thing to say and I'm probably going to get yelled at... but I felt so infuriated because [Washington's] was the only opinion getting heard. But [T.R.] was right — to say nothing at all is the most dignified thing he could do." Ooh, look — irony! read more

Like many fans, I was upset ...

James Tupper and Anne Heche, Men in Trees

Question: Like many fans, I was upset when ABC shelved Men in Trees to run other, inferior programming. In the meantime, I'd heard about the on-set romance and subsequent divorces that happened after Anne Heche and James Tupper became an item. Anne Heche's divorce seemed particularly nasty. The new season is starting soon and now I feel that this show has been poisoned for me. It's been so long since a new episode was on that I've lost interest, and while I don't want to begrudge Heche and Tupper's right to be with each other, their romance has left a bad taste in my mouth. Neither of these actors has the same likability for me that they once did, and I have become a bit ambivalent about what happens to their characters. Similarly, I have a bad reaction to the firing of Isaiah Washington on Grey's Anatomy. Whether or not it was justified, the way ABC handled the whole situation (and a disappointing third season) has ruined some of the magic that made Grey's Anatomy must-see TV at my ... read more

Isaiah Washington: "I Hope These Words Disappear"

Isaiah Washington, poster child for censorship? On an appearance on Star Jones today on Court TV, the controversial former Grey’s Anatomy actor said, “I hope everything I’ve gone through in the last eight months is not in vain. I hope that everyone gets it, on both sides of the spectrum, and that these words disappear in our vernacular.” Washington also opened up to Star Jones about how he learned about the murder of his father, also named Isaiah Washington, from the TV news when he was 13. “I knew that I was going to go on a journey to try to take that name and turn it into a positive, if I ever got a chance to go on television.” —Reporting by Marissa Klein read more

Isaiah Washington, Big Brother and More Short Cuts

Isaiah Washington by Maury Phillips/Wireimage.com

TV Guide Network's TV Watercooler reports that Isaiah Washington will (again) discuss his Grey's Anatomy exit on Star Jones' new Court TV show when it premieres Monday at 3 pm/ET.... Starting Aug. 19, Big Brother 8 fans with Verizon's V CAST Mobile service can catch live feeds from the house.... Food Network has renewed Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso for a second, 13-episode season.... Sean Kingston, Keke Palmer, Chris Kattan and Tony Hawk are among the many stars on hand for the annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day event, broadcast Saturday at 2 pm/Et and Sunday at noon, on CBS. read more

I don't get why people like ...

Question: I don't get why people like Mark are begrudging Isaiah Washington getting work. I am one of the gayest gay men you'll ever meet, and though I was really unhappy with the reports of what he said, I've also seen him apologize and do volunteer work in pro-gay PSAs. He seems sincere in his attempt at redemption, which is more than you can say for most celebrities involved in scandals of this sort. I have a big problem with him being let go from Grey's Anatomy. If they had fired him immediately, that would have made sense to me. But to fire him at the end of the season, after the effort he put into apologizing and making things right? That was nuts. Am I naive to think that Isaiah is getting another chance because Ben Silverman is listening to Washington's claims that his gay cast mate is fudging accounts of what happened? Help me understand: Why do so many folks not want to see him on TV anymore? Answer: To be honest, I think what rattled so many cages was the speed with which ... read more

If I didn't watch anything ...

Question: If I didn't watch anything that had actors whose personal beliefs do not match mine or whose public behavior is outrageous at times, I'd have to give my TV away and never darken the door of a movie theater again. I'm against abortion, against drunken public displays and against porn and public obscenity; obviously a large percentage of celebrities don't agree with my beliefs. I watch the shows I watch in order to be entertained. I don't judge the personal beliefs of the actors ('cause heck, they are acting). And I'm guessing actors don't judge their viewers' personal lives either, because as long as we keep watching, they're still employed. Mark is entitled to not watch anything he doesn't want to watch for whatever reason, but he can't outvote 100 million viewers who make choices every day. But he sure did go on and on, didn't he, about Isaiah Washington? (And you sure gave him a forum.) He should dissect all actors that way; he'd end up in a monastery — a TV-less one at ... read more

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