No show has played the "will they or won't they" game more aggressively this season than Bones. Goofy, brawny FBI agent Booth and overly-clinical, brilliant forensic anthropologist "Bones" have been bickering and flirting for more than three seasons now. Last season they shared a mistletoe-prompted smooch, and producers have hinted at more romantic developments this season. Might Booth and Bones hook up on the back of a jumping shark?
It's been awhile since a show has tried to pull the "live" stunt, save for the "live" finales of reality shows (American Idol, Survivor). Do you think shows are better off being scripted and edited, or would you prefer to see more shows take a chance on a live episode? Which shows would you love to see live?
Though this category is usually for shows that have an unexpected musical-themed episode (Buffy) or a character who bursts into song (everyone on Ally McBeal), it can also apply to shows themed around singing (American Idol, Gone Country, etc.). This year begs a discussion about "the new and improved" American Idol, complete with newbie fourth judge Kara DioGuardi. Do you think the mellower format of the audition shows (there's a much more balanced mix of good vs. bad auditions) and the new judge help Idol, or hurt it? Don't drama and controversy sell?
Dum-dum-duh-dum! Here comes the bride, but does that mean "Here comes the shark jump?" In the mid-season opener of The Closer, the very first image we see is our beloved, tough-cookie Brenda Leigh Johnson trying on a frilly — okay, really frilly — wedding gown. The look on her face is anything but "glowing bride-to-be," and the tears in her eyes seem to reflect more panic than joy...
Everybody Hates Chris, Tyler James Williams
While flipping through the channels the other day, we stumbled upon an episode of the hilarious Everybody Hates Chris and were shocked to see how much lead actor Tyler James Williams had grown — not to mention how deep his voice has gotten. Will it be too weird when his grown-up voice doesn't match that of Chris Rock, who provides the adult Chris's voiceovers?
Prison Break, Sarah Wayne Callies
No one likes their favorite character to leave a show, let alone die. On Season 3 of Prison Break, the head of someone who seemed to be Dr. Sarah Tancredi was shipped to Michael in a box. Fans were shocked and upset that they never had the chance to be together — and some even considered it a jump the shark moment. But her character appeared at the beginning of Season 4, alive and well. Does death always result in shark-jumping, or does it sometimes move a story forward?
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
30 Rock's Liz Lemon wants a baby, but wait: Shouldn't she wait a few seasons like Murphy Brown? We're hoping the writers are just using Liz's tick-tocking biological clock as comic fodder, because it's hard to maintain an acerbic wit with an adorable infant on your arm. Would a 30 Rock baby make the show jump the shark?
Law & Order, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson
Seeing some new person playing your favorite character is lame. But almost as bad as character recasting is character replacement, like changing one Doctor for another on Doctor Who. Law & Order has survived many a cast change — but do you think Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are worthy of the show's lineage?
At first, Lie to Me's similarities to CBS' hit The Mentalist made it seem like the most likely winter show to shark-jump from the beginning. But it's actually pretty good. And so we turn our gaze to Trust Me. Despite the show's stellar cast — which includes Tom Cavanagh, Eric McCormick and Monica Potter — we have mixed feelings. Do you think Trust Me has potential?