My Name Is Earl. This show cracks me up. And I came to the conclusion that the more I watch the show, the more I fall in love with Jaime Pressley. She is a heck of an actress. She cracks me up. I simply adore her acting. She makes Joy Turner a palatable misfit. This show is about rectifying a bad action into good.
This week's story was about amending the wrong Earl did in aiding Joy in kidnapping the driver of the truck she stole in revenge for not being able to return an unwanted entertainment center. The story was surreal and funny. Needless to say, I laughed a lot.
The Office. I was so sad last week when Dwight Shrute quit his job. Man, the writers of this show are brilliant. Shrute found temporary job with Staples (what a way to advertise). New blood was introduced. The people at Dunder and Mifflin missed Dwigth, even Jim. Wow. But the best piece of writing of all: Michael is a great boss. He is annoying, uncouth, and clueless. Nonetheless, he is a good boss: A boss who cares about his workers. I love this show.
Grey's Anatomy. Let's face it, this show is a glorified night-time soap. No way, in real life, doctors behave as sexually charged as these doctors. No way, in real life, do surgeons do procedures on loved ones, friends, and acquaintances. In order to do a great job, you must not be personally attached. In Grey's Anatomy, they do. But, as I said earlier, this show is a glorified night-time soap. However, I love it. I don't know why, but I do. I guess the actors are so good and the lines are superb. And tonight, I cried. O’Malley’s father died, and Christine (a hateful character) said the most gut-wrenching lines. At least, it was gut wrenching to me, because it hit home:
Christine: "There's a club... The Dead Dad's Club. And you can't be in it, until you're in it. You can try to understand. You can try to sympathize. But until you feel that loss..."
O'Malley: "I don't know how to exist in a world that my dad doesn't."
Christine: "Yeah, that really never changes."
My father died on March 13, 1987. That was exactly how felt. The show brought back those sad memories. Like O'Malley, I, too, had to make the decision to let my father go. In my case, we didn't let the tubes in him. I saw him pass away, slowly, peacefully. It was just me and my mother. That was the day that I joined the Dead Dad's Club. I wish none of us were forced to join it.
All in all it was a good TV watching night: Two comedy shows made me laugh. One drama made me cry.
LOST Predictions Part One
December 27, 2006
Only six-weeks remain until LOST's February 7th return and with the latest LOST Moments revealing ever more tantalizing glimpses into the goings on island-side, we figured it was time to put the clues and hunches against the spoilers and try to figure out what the fate will be of some of our favorite characters. The result? A spoilerific road-map of possibilities.
Ben will no doubt live. Sci-Fi Talk did an interview with Michael Emerson, who plays Ben, and he indicated he would be filming for the entire season. But what about Ben's influence, or lack thereof? Nimble-eared folks probably recall hearing that bully Pickett mention "Jacob". A lot of theorists out there are quick to point out in Bible terms Jacob is Ben's father. Carlton Cuse said in the Stephen King issue of Entertainment Weekly (quoted here at Spoilerfix) that the names do have meanings. This could indicate anything from Jacob is Ben's father, to more of a symbolic meaning that Jacob is Ben's father figure.
No matter how you slice it, looks like Ben used the resources of the others against the wishes of their defacto leader. Is Ben the leader of a sect? Is big daddy going to be mad? Why are the other others hidden away? Is it the sickness? Or something worse?
We are going to learn a lot about Juliet's off island life in the first episode back "Not in Portland". Amongst other things, we will learn a connection with Ethan Rom. Also, according to the official ABC description for the episode Juliet will do something that will put her in peril with her people. My prediction? Juliet shoots Pickett and leaves with Kate and Sawyer, just as her flash-back reveals a love connection with Ethan Rom, leaving us to question if she is on a mission to help the 815'rs or get revenge for her fallen hubby.
We last saw Jack totally in control with the fate of Ben's kidney in his hands. LOST Moments reveal that he is going to lose radio contact with Kate just after learning that there is no way off the island. Naturally, he can't leave the operating room without losing his leverage; something tells me these others have limits where Ben's life is concerned and letting the only surgeon possibly escape without stitching up Ben's kidney aint gonna happen. Juliet will be the hero that gets Kate and Sawyer off the island, Jack will be left to face the consequences of his actions.
Prediction? Ben will make a stunning recovery and offer to give jack what he bartered for, a trip off the island, but the offer is going to be usurped by Jacob. As far as LOST moment five goes, this is what the tailies-now-among-the-others have come to see: Jacob. As far as what pied piper tune got them there... we will be left with a classic LOST cliff-hangar and will have to wait until later in the season to find out.
Want more? Like a good LOST stall tactic, I'm outta here! But be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part Two: Kate, Sawyer, and Desmond.
- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Features Writer
Source: Buddy TV
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Unfortunately, other shows that I watch, which I think should have, at least, made the "Honorable Mention" category, are not even cited, such as Jericho (which I find I riveting) and Desperate Housewives (which I find extremely funny). However, I didn't expect the other shows that I watch, such as Two and a half men, Boston Legal, My Name Is Earl, and Reba, to make any categories.
A. ROBERT KNEPPER |PRISON BREAK, FOX/RAT
B. FORREST WHITAKER |THE SHIELD, FX
C. JEREMY PIVEN |ENTOURAGE, HBO
D. MICHAEL EMERSON |LOST, ABC/TOUCHSTONE
E. TONY PLANA |UGLY BETTY, ABC
F. PHILIP BAKER HALL |THE LOOP, FOX
He lost to Tony Plana of Ugly Betty. Too bad. I liked Michael's characterization so much better. Of course, I am biased.