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October 12, 2006: Grief Counseling

"There is such a thing as good grief. Just ask Charlie Brown." Oh, Michael, how can you be so dumb and so wise at the same time? I daresay you're a veritable Forrest Gump for the mockumentary generation. After the untimely death of Michael's ironically named former boss Ed Truck, our favorite Dunder-Mifflin regional manager goes to great lengths to figure out just how sad the office would be if his capa was detated from his head in a tragic car accident. And while no one's really on board with his various attempts at grief counseling (Ryan's sad tale of his cousin "Mufasa" and the wildebeest stampede in particular had me howling), Pam shows a little compassion and helps to put on a sweetly tender funeral for a bird who flew into the building, complete with a get-it, Michael's-the-bird eulogy and Dwight's recorder rendition of "On the Wings of Love." And here's the really cool thing that I noticed this week: In Jim's absence, Pam has taken over the responsibilities of office ringlead... read more

October 12, 2006: Talk Ain't Cheap

You have to watch what you say on Survivor or it could cost you big. Just ask Stephannie, who watched her million-dollar dreams drift away on an imaginary plate of mashed potatoes. I feel bad for Stephannie because Nate, who, despite his declarations, is no friend to Stephannie, has been trying to get this woman off the island for the last two weeks. How do you take "I could go for some mashed potatoes and gravy" to mean, "Gee, I can't wait to get off this island"? I’m sorry that Stephannie was not motivated to fight to stay in the game. For that reason alone I'm OK with voting her out. Personally, I don’t understand contestants who go on this show and then give up. It makes me wonder if they even really wanted the million. Like Cao Boi, I'm not sure if the cash prize motivates him or if he only jumped at this opportunity to have a captive audience. The man can talk forever, yet he cannot read body language or recognize when he's gone to far. Not only did he, Flicka and O... read more

October 12, 2006: Fannysmackin'

I have this funny feeling right now. I think this was the best episode of the season so far and actually the best episode in a long time on CSI but at the same time it was certainly right up there with Nick being buried alive as completely emotionally draining. The episode itself was great, the story line though — certainly nothing great about it. Poor Greg. He was completely stoked after completing his first trial, looking all sharp in his suit and then he gets the beatdown of his life. I know a lot of people wanted to see more stories revolve around Greg, but I'm pretty sure this isn't what we all had in mind. Man, the beating him and all the others got looked brutal. I can't imagine the feeling. In my entire life I've thrown exactly zero punches and only had one punch thrown at me. What the heck would I do if even one person came up to me and started punching or kicking me, let alone the massive amount that got thrown down in this episode? If you saw the preview last week yo... read more

October 12, 2006: On the Run

I realize it’s not the most important thing to mention at the beginning of my first blog for Runaway, but seriously, Donnie Wahlberg is playing the middle-aged dad who’s described in the police bulletin as “gray-haired?” I wasn’t exactly a New Kids on the Block fan back in the day, but I can clearly remember a time when he was a teen idol encouraging kids to “Hang Tough” and inspiring them that they had the “Right Stuff.” Jeez, I feel old.Although I know it’s a bit late, I really liked the premiere episode of Runaway, and I’m most impressed by the fact that it’s got three or four compelling storylines already. It’s really two genres merged into one: for the dad it’s a conspiracy thriller as he tries to unravel the mystery of who killed his former colleague and framed him and what secrets the murderers are protecting; for everyone else, it’s another “moving to a small town and reconnecting with each ot... read more

Season 2 Coming Soon!

OK guys! I hope there are Top Chef fans out there. Next Wednesday the 18th after the Project Runway Season 3 finale, the next season of Top Chef begins on Bravo. Let me just say I'm really excited that it's back on the air and can't wait to start watercoolering it. read more

Reminder: Vanished Now on a New Night!

For those sad, mean souls who don't read my Today's News column, Vanished will air on Fridays at 8 pm/ET when it returns from the baseball hiatus. read more

October 11, 2006: One Man Down

Is anyone else just as angry with Hawkins as I am? I know it comes from my frustration with not knowing who he really is, but I just want to shake the truth out of him. His assaulting “discussion” with Victor was just as disturbing as the burns and boils on his face. At least we know they are part of a team — a group of people scattered around the country with a plan to destroy, ruin, conquer the country. Or... are they planted there to protect, help and even save America? Who is he connecting with through his computer? Who’s the traitor who has now put a wrench into their plans?I feel bad for his family. His kids, who have memorized their fake lives, who clearly didn’t have a father around most of the time during their far-from-normal childhood. But why wasn’t he around?Aside from Hawkins’ considerable presence, some personal connections — and disconnections — are happening on a quieter scale. I’m getting a little tired of the long ... read more

October 11, 2006: Johnny Likes the Ladies

So, I have to admit right off the bat that I'm not sure why I chose to write about Twenty Good Years. I'm really not familiar with Jeffrey Tambor's work and I never really liked John Lithgow. However, Golden Girls was a really funny show. So I like old people in sitcoms. Maybe I'm just hoping for a male version of Bea Arthur. Whatever the reason, I've been looking forward to this premiere for quite a while. Now that it's happened, I will reserve judgment until the second episode. You have to hope that a show comes out firing right out of the box, which isn't always that easy to do when you need the entire show to set up the premise for the rest of the series. The Class did it well and so did Studio 60 this year — aw heck — I think I've just disproved my own theory. But what I'm trying to say is that this didn't come out guns-a-blazin'. The debut seemed to be almost straight setup with hopes that mayhem will ensue down the road. Either way, the show is about two retirement-... read more

Can't Wait to Start Blogging

My thoughts on Runaway coming soon. read more

October 10, 2006: Faith Wolper, Ph.D.

Well Sean certainly got his wish His conscience in the form of Escobar Robert LaSardo told him to kill Monica suggesting he slit her throat or gas her Then poof A bus ran into her and killed her I screamed No f---ing way while my roommate Jason shouted Sooooo Mean Girls Its those shocker scenes I enjoy the most on this show Dylan Walsh did a fantastic job showing how frustrated Sean was getting and Jennifer Hall played the perfect psycho Monica morphed into Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction when she threatened to tell Julia about their affair and how very Hand That Rocks the Cradle-esque to have Sean walk in on her with baby Conors mouth on her nippleWho knew thered come a day that both Sean and Christian would have women obsessed with them I think I liked Dr Faith Wolper Brooke Shields better when she seemed tougher and not into Christian I was hoping she was just using him for the sex a few weeks ago but no Faiths a diagnosed sexual compulsive and read more

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