What About Brian

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March 26, 2007: I Love Ivy Day

Wow. What a finale. I truly hope this isn't the end of this show, but if that is its fate, I applaud ABC for a touching end that combined this drama's finest elements: humor, jealousy, confusion, sincerity and truth. The last group scene was all we could ask for, and with Brian at Laura's door, we can only assume those renewed vows made him think enough to get it right for once. If we never see Brian and his friends again, I'd like to think the thirtysomething love failure learned enough lessons along the way to settle into the perfect nook.And I think we owe it all to Dave and Deena. Their journey this week was pretty hectic, but classic in terms of a Brian situation. But when Dave gave that little speech about going back in time and finding those people they used to be, the cows seemed to agree. And apparently a roll in the grass confirmed their craziness when they were yelling out their love for no one to hear.Back in the real world, "whoever wakes up Uncle Brian is grounded fore... read more

Ratings: ABC Dances the Night Away

This Monday's ratings recap:• Dancing with the Stars partnered up with an audience of 21.65 million across its two-hour bow, an increase of 1.65 mil over the Season 3 opener and the contest's best premiere ever. And Heather is still intact.• Opposite DWTS and trailing Deal or No Deal at 8, Prison Break (8.26 million) was down 1.4 mil from its last fresh outing, while CBS' Mother (7.59 mil, down 1.9 mil) and Old Christine (6.86 mil, down 1.18 mil) hit season lows, with the latter also falling nearly two mil shy of The Class' last outing.• At 9 pm, 24 (11.88 mil, -480K) topped Men (11.62 mil, slipping almost a mil) and Rules of Engagement (9.32 mil, down two mil), both of which hit season lows.• Come 10, What About Brian (7.38 million) benefited big time from its DWTS lead-in, surging 2.6 mil to what appears to be its best outing in five months, and besting the Donnellys (5.84 mil, down 900K). CSI: Miami, of course, dominated with an audience of 17.44 million and a... read more

March 19, 2007: Wowsers!

"They mean me. I'm the worst accessory." Aw, Brian. It's your fault for getting over Bridget so fast and sucking face with Legs in front of hundreds of cameras. I thought it was hysterical that Dave decorated Brian's office with all those photocopies — it's definitely a typical blow that would happen to him. I'm already dismissing his "thing" with Stephanie. I predict a big acting gig to take her away and leave Laura to get closer to Brian and settle into an actual relationship. But those are just my guesses and I won't discuss what was shown in the previews, since some of you may not have seen them. I'm definitely eager to see the finale, because I feel a big cliff-hanger coming on (or two, or three).What was Nicole thinking by sharing her little love tumble with the baby-class mommies? Her story line usually bores me (except for the Adam twist), so I was just shaking my head at her once again. The mommies were nasty to her, though! But, I will give Nicole cupcake points for ... read more

March 12, 2007: Sex and Secrets

It was very hard for me to watch Brian dig into chocolate ice cream and chocolate brownies, seeing as how I recently gave up chocolate… temporarily. Can we just talk about Dave wearing that apron? Hilarious, sexy, cuddly? Take your pick. Just when he's getting his groove back, he sees Deena's Richard at the kids' school and then learns about Brian's promotion. Tough day?How perfect was Meredith Baxter as Deena's mother, though? I had a few Family Ties flashbacks — all that wise advice she gave Mallory, all those sentimental moments in the kitchen, let's take a moment to remind ourselves that Elyse Keaton does know her way around domestic troubles — but she's hilarious as this older mom, sweeping in like a hurricane, blurting things out. "Are you two having sexual intercourse?" My god, woman! She's still getting in the way of love — nothing like sending your grown daughter to bed in a nightie and her husband to his own room at the opposite end of the house. But sh... read more

March 5, 2007: It's Time to Get Berrylicious

Relationships are so tangled in this episode, I don't know where to begin. How about Nicole and Adam! Wow. When I saw Nicole in bed, I knew it was him. After learning that Jamie really is gay and seeing Adam get rejected twice and then watching them share a clumsy and off-key karaoke performance together — singing out their misery — I figured it was only a number of drinks and a matter of time before they'd satisfy each other's frustrations. It sounded like Jamie was confused for a minute, but it's pretty clear who he's romantically interested in. It was a little weird seeing Ivy and Nicole hanging out alone, but I really like Ivy. I think she's been a great addition to this show, and she's been a good friend — trying to avoid Nicole seeing Jamie cozy up to another man (although, it wasn't that good of a job considering she was staring directly at them).And before their rendezvous, Adam had completely gone nuts. Who would think to fire off marshmallows, of all things,... read more

TV Death Watch
A look at shows facing cancellation before the fall

Law & Order

The networks have started working on new fall series, which means pink slips are coming for some of your old favorites. Here's what could be on the chopping block. NBC Did you ever imagine the day when Law & Order would be canceled? We're not saying it's going to happen — it probably won't. But costs on the show have risen while its ratings have dropped, which means its renewal is no longer automatic every year. NBC's other middling crime dramas — Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan and Medium — are more vulnerable. The network has also yet to decide on another season for The Apprentice read more

February 19, 2007: Easy on the Eyes

I think I'm favoring some of the new faces on this show. Jessica Szohr is a feisty one! There was definitely a spark between her and Brian before Stephanie came in with her thigh-high boots, asking for a T-shirt to sleep in. There's a lot of sexual tension within that apartment complex, and I'm not sure how Brian and Bridget will fare while Lucy and Ethel are around. Tiffani Thiessen is a welcome addition as well. (Check out my interview with Saved by the Bell’s Kelly Kapowski to hear about her Brian guest run.) She's just getting started stirring the pot among Dave and friends. In fact, it looks like she's on the prowl in the previews, but we'll have to wait two weeks to find out who falls under her spell. I definitely saw some of my old friend, Valerie Malone, from Beverly Hills, 90210. The devilish smirk, the secret scheming… that's pure Val right there. But Fatty Natty's carving her own mold despite hints of the previous bad girls Thiessen has on her résumè. ... read more

Saved by the Belle: Tiffani Thiessen Sexes Up ABC's Brian

Tiffani Thiessen, What About Brian

Zack Morris, eat your heart out. Kelly Kapowski's lengthy tresses and spandex minis have nothing on the sexy, manipulative roles Tiffani Thiessen has filled since leaving Saved by the Bell's Bayside High. Having actually shed her on-screen sweetheart persona long ago — her most memorable post-Bell gig was as Beverly Hills, 90210 troublemaker Valerie Malone — Thiessen continues to shake things up, this time with a saucy turn on ABC's What About Brian (starting tonight at 10 pm/ET). Via e-mail, Thiessen shared with TVGuide.com her thoughts on "appealing" to her audience, vying for an Ugly role and supporting her former costars. TVGui read more

February 12, 2007: Hello, Jimmy!

Adam… come on, buddy. A vow of celibacy? You realize what fasts do, right? They just make you crave the forbidden fruit even more. But I guess "guys night" didn't hurt, since the boys ended up at a gay bar. At least Brian got a number in case things with Bridget blow up in his face.Once again, Dave held it together during a tough time. I can't come down on Deena too hard for having difficulty watching Carrie's surgery, but I think I just have a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to her, so I automatically see the bright shining light that is Dave. I liked seeing the whole gang in the waiting room. They always come together to provide those touching tidbits before dramatically self-destructing.On a funnier note, the "spatially-challenged" couple definitely had some adjusting to do after officially moving in together now that they aren't bringing in any dough. Bridget was on top of her game, though, hopping back and forth to interviews, while Brian begged Dave to never move out... read more

Pilot Talk: Will & Grace Boyfriend Is NYC's Mayor

The latest pilot developments, this time per Reuters:• Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace) has landed the lead in M.O.N.Y., NBC's drama about a socially conscious public advocate who suddenly finds himself New York City's interim mayor.• Rebecca Mader (last seen on Fox's Justice) has been cast as Jane's top associate at the covert ops agency in ABC's Mr. & Mrs. Smith.• Rachelle Lefevre (What About Brian's Heather) has landed the female lead in Life on Mars, David E. Kelley's ABC drama about a detective who gets transported back in time to 1972.• Malcolm's dad, Bryan Cranston, will star as a high-school chemistry teacher who, when diagnosed with terminal cancer, uses his mad skills to open a meth lab and thus provide for his family's future, in AMC's Breaking Bad.• ER alum Michael Michele is the lead character's friend and a no-nonsense detective in ABC's Judy's Got a Gun, about a rookie female detective.• Dania Ramirez (aka X-Men 3's Call... read more

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Premiered: April 02, 2006, on ABC
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Premise: Chronicling a 34-year-old guy's search for true love. Brian's the last unattached person in his circle of friends, and making matters worse is the fact that he has `serious feelings' for his best friend's fiancée.

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