Question: I was interested to read the question about House on Monday — I was the total opposite. I never paid any attention to the show in the first season, then blew through the episodes once I discovered it on DVD. Now I can't get enough. Sure, House doesn't digress from its formula (neither does CSI for that matter), but it is so well acted (especially by Hugh Laurie) that I wish it were on three times a week. I think the show hit a high point at the end of the first season with the episode where House is forced to teach a class and retells the story of how he came to be the way he is, and I haven't missed an episode since, constantly watching House while TiVo-ing another favorite medical show, Scrubs.
Answer: Not only was that the best episode of the first season, it won the show's creator/writer an Emmy. Another reaction to this subject, from Mike P.: "I really liked your response to last week's question about what is wrong with House. I agree with the inquirer in the sense that
SupernaturalDon't even get me started on the fact that after a six-week hiatus and only two original episodes, WB — nay, the future CW — throws a repeat on us. Trying to sidestep the two-hour juggernaut that is American Idol, perhaps? Who knows. Luckily, this is a really good Supernatural. It's the one where Sam and Dean investigate a haunted asylum in Rockford, Ill. The brotherly dysfunction really kicks in big time with Dean exhibiting some major daddy issues. And Sam makes it his business to alert Dean to the fact that his blind faith in his pops is way not cool, plus he's sick and tired of BossyDean, so back off. Love Dean's alias: Nigel Tufnel. Although, I admit, it took me more than just a little while to realize that Nigel
Patricia and (inset) Richmond Arquette
It's been a while since Medium (Mondays at 10 pm/ET on NBC) star Patricia Arquette worked with her older brother, Richmond — he directed her in her first film, "a whodunit called James Long, when I was only 7 years old," recalls the actress. But she'll finally get the chance to team up with him again when he guest-stars later this season on her hit series.
In the episode, Richmond (Scream 3) will play a man whom Patricia's Allison DuBois meets after he goes to the hospital for an MRI. "While he's in the machine, Allison sees thoughts in his head," explains executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. "And one of them is an apparently incongruous, violent vision from the past, and she beco
Question: Like a lot of people, I was surprised that Medium's Patricia Arquette pulled out an Emmy-night victory, and there seemed to be backlash that the surprise nominee could also be a surprise winner. I admit, I was one of those people, but lately I have reconsidered. Patricia Arquette's quiet and subtle handling of her character is excellent and a welcome change from other actors who seem to always be trying too hard to garner Emmy attention. Plus, she is one of the most realistic mothers on television (down to her wardrobe). Do you agree with me that Arquette deserves praise for her portrayal?
Answer: Yes, and I've praised her and the show (in particular, the realism of the messy domestic scenes) on several occasions. It's a much more creative, surprising, entertaining show than it sounds, and much of the show's appeal lies in Arquette's off-center look and performance, and the wonderful chemistry with her TV husband, Jake Weber, who also seems understandably frazzled most of the
Question: Most people use your forum as a chance to vent about a show that they are dissatisfied with, but I think that this forum would be much better if it were a building ground for buzz about shows that people should be watching. I agree with you that Lost is the best show on TV now, at least until 24 gets back, but I also feel that Medium and Nip/Tuck are right up there. In Medium's first few episodes, Patricia Arquette is showing why she won the Emmy; it's definitely the best drama on NBC right now. And I also completely disagree with a comment from last week about Nip/Tuck dipping in value. The show is unbelievable in the different emotions and turmoil all these characters have to go through. Like this past episode (Oct. 11) with the old woman trying to jog her Alzheimer's-afflicted husband's memory about who she was, and how nicely that coincided with Sean's attempt to rectify what he did to Matt. I think these are two brilliant shows, and people who read your column should ...
Question: I know that Ausiello is the Mariska Hargitay expert, but this question is for you, Matt. When is she going to win the Emmy? She is quite frankly one of the best actresses on TV and has for years portrayed Benson with great compassion and depth. Does the whole "procedural" show stigma really hurt her that much?
Answer: You're asking me to shed insight on a category that gave Medium's Patricia Arquette an Emmy over Hargitay and Glenn Close? (Again, not to knock Arquette, whose work I actually kind of like.) First off, watch this week's (Oct. 4) episode, a tour de force for Hargitay as she desperately tries to keep a kidnapped girl on the phone long enough to trace her location. Since she almost certainly is guaranteed another nomination — once nominated, always nominated is the Emmy motto — and since she would be nuts not to submit this Emmy-bait episode, she might actually win a year from now. But because this is the Emmys, I wouldn't exactly put money on it ...
Question: Patricia Arquette, best actress in a drama series? What the f---?!?!
Answer: Don't even get me started. The whole thing was made more troubling by the fact that I flat-out told Glenn Close at a pre-Emmy bash Saturday night that she "so had it in the bag it wasn't even funny." To which she replied, "That makes me more nervous when you say that." I've really got to learn to keep my big trap shut.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
For both of you who skipped reading Damian J. Holbrook's deliciously snarky blow-by-blow of Sunday night's Emmycast, those wiseguys from The Sopranos, MIA this year, contracted out a hired gun named Inspector Clouseau to get the job done for HBO. Fueled by nine wins for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers — including a gold lady for star Geoffrey Rush — HBO amassed 27 Emmys overall, the same tally as the top two broadcast networks, ABC (with 16) and CBS (11), combined. Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Medium's Patricia Arquette were the night's "not so expected" wins and Felicity Huffman beat out Housewives favorites Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross. Boston Legal's James Spader (a repeat winner) and William Shatner packed a one-two punch, and everybody showed Raymond
For every drop of refreshing new blood in this year's Emmy field, there's a stubborn residue of tired old blood. The Emmy nominations are an annual rite of frustration in which every positive breakthrough is balanced by an aggravating snub.
This year is no different. As expected, last year's instant hits on ABC, Desperate Housewives and Lost, got their due, leading the comedy and drama pack respectively (although Housewives was tied with the academy's longtime, and inexplicable, darling Will & Grace with 15 nominations).
But because of the TV academy's regrettable devotion to faded perennials like Will & Grace, The West Wing and Si
Apparently, talking to dead people can be a real buzz-kill.
At least that seems to be the case on the hit NBC series Medium. Every time Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) helps a spirit head to heaven or a young woman avoid a killer, she grows more disillusioned with her psychic powers. This isn't just some plotline dreamed up by the show's writers, though. The real DuBois went through the same doubt and dread four years ago — until she walked into the office of Professor Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona .
"I wanted to prove I wasn't seeing dead people," DuBois recalls. She hoped Schwartz, who runs the school's Human Energy Systems Lab, could help. At their first meeting, DuBois accurately described a friend of his who had just died. Impressed, Schwartz conducted a series of experiments, such as one in which DuBois tried contacting the late husband of a woman in England.