Holy flaming monkey skat! The Vancouver Canucks cannot hold a lead. Up 2-0 going into the third period at home against Anaheim, and it should be lights-out time. But no, not for these guys. Its tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, and of course as expected, they go on to lose in overtime. Good god, how much of this suffering can a hockey fan expect to take?!

Oh, right, this is a TV Guide blog, not ESPN. Well, this is the first time I've ever done one of these things, so bear with me and my random thought processes as I attempt to make this halfway coherent.

I managed to catch the last episode of 24 on Monday. If any of you out there did, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that you know almost everything about me. Believe it or not, there's actually more male almost-nudity in the following week's episodes as well. Oh well, it's a living. I can say that it's more fun to watch yourself on TV like this - especially when seated beside your lovely wife - making out with and tearing the clothes off of another woman. Lord knows my wife understands; that was how we first met. Maybe I should shut up now.

This Friday on Sci Fi Channel is the Stargate SG-1 episode entitled "The Shroud," where Daniel Jackson makes his anticipated return as a "Prior of the Ori." Is he evil, or is he just dressed that way? I tell ya, this one was as much fun to shoot as a colonoscopy. What with five hours of makeup each morning for a seven-day shoot, contact lenses that blind you (literally) and feel like needles coming into and out of your eyes, and mountains of expository backstory, I was fit to be tied. Oh, yeah, and they did that, too - strapped me to a chair for 25 out of a 44-minute episode, and had me speak techno-business and hoo-ja-ma-whatzit mythology. It was a pure recipe for Tylenol 3. But I watched it the other day, and it's not half bad! Richard Dean Anderson makes a comeback appearance, and we get to verbally spar a little bit. Overall, I think it works. I won't tell ya the ending, but I will say my favorite part of the episode got cut out - watch for when Woolsey ( Bob Picardo) gets thrown up against a wall. Andy Mikita, the director, had filmed him in a shot with pee running down his leg.

I guess it was too risqué for prime time.