Private Practice Renewed for the a Full Season

October 24, 2007

Ironically this is also one of the first shows I’ve dropped from my viewing schedule.  I really, really wanted to like this show.  Despite cherrypicking the best character from Grey’s and adding some of the best character actors on television this show is just terrible.  So I didn’t like last season’s pilot or this season’s premiere for that matter.  But still I wanted to give this show the benefit of the doubt.  Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, even Addison deserve the benefit of the doubt.

I’m sorry though.  Three episodes (plus last year’s pilot) and a preview of the fourth were more than enough to tell me that this show isn’t happening.  I’m truly embarrassed for these talented actors with their underdeveloped, childish characters, forced to spew bad dialogue that makes Gossip Girl seem like Shakespeare and stuck dealing with boring storylines (can anyone say “blue children”).

Although I am dropping this show I do need to put in a caveat that I am willing to revisit at a later date if my fellow TV Lovers tell me to give it a try.  I had dropped Grey’s Anatomy after the first couple of episodes and midway through the second season my wife convinced me to give it another try and I found a completely different and strangely enjoyable show.  I hope the same happens with Private Practice but for now, it’s off the list.

Samantha Who? – Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot

October 19, 2007

I heard mixed reviews of this show but I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed the show and even laughed out loud multiple times.

Samantha Who? is the story of a woman who spends 8 days in a coma after a hit and run accident.   She wakes up without any memories of her life to find that she wasn’t a very nice person and decides to change.

What makes the show work is the cast starting with Christina Applegate.  I’ve always liked her as an actress.  She’s one of those people who can simultaneously be sympathetic and kind of bitchy but most of all likable – all of which are necessary for this role.  They’ve also surrounded her with some fantastic TV actors – Jean Smart, Barry Watson, Jennifer Esposito and Sookie from Gilmore Girls.  The pilot was a little too crammed to give the supporting characters much room to shine but I don’t think they brought on a cast of this caliber to have them sit on the sidelines.

The concept is also kind of fun especially as it mixes the present with flashbacks to mean Sam.  There’s lots of good potential and unlike many of the shows this season, there should be plenty of good comedy situations to keep the show running for a while.

Avi’s Episode Rating: B+

Grey’s Anatomy – Season 4, Episode 3 – Let the Truth Sting

October 12, 2007

My wife was very excited to see the old guy, who’s been part of so many lunch eating scenes, wake up.  She was even happier to find out that he knew everyone and all of their issues.  Unfortunately, he won’t be joining them for any more meals.  He was a man who wanted to die and by the end of the episode he got his wish.  But not until after he told Izzy that there was no way George was leaving Callie and I think she’s starting to realize that she’s the other woman and that she’s on her own.  With George confessing at the end of the show hopefully we’re getting closer to wrapping this misguided storyline up once and for all.

I’m pleased to say that this was another good episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  Just like Prison Break which has made a comeback on my viewing schedule after a terrible season last year, so too has Grey’s.

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Grey’s Anatomy – Season 3, Episode 2 – Love/ Addiction

October 5, 2007

Now that’s the Grey’s Anatomy I remember liking.  Humor, drama, soap opera plots and an ensemble cast acting like a true ensemble.  Sure, the George and Izzy story is still alive but the word on the street is that it’s not going to end happily.

Derek and Meredith are together but not really together and it’s clear the writing is on the wall – I think Derek will be bailing on this relationship soon enough.  I even liked her a little tonight.  It’s good to see her acknowledge how screwed up she is even if it’s in the context of blowing off her sister.

The opening scene of Christina trying to trade her gifts definitely made me laugh out loud and I have to admit that McSteamy really does enhance every scene he’s in including this one where he negotiates for the cappuccino maker.   Her day gets much worse as Mrs. Burke comes back to give advice to pretty much every character and to take back her son’s stuff.  Shock of shocks, Preston’s never coming back.

The case of the week where a meth lab run by a young couple blows up and injures their neighbours, some strangers and their baby son was quite good and proved a great showcase for Alex.  It doesn’t, however, work out well for Callie who not only figures out George is cheating on her but screws up most of the day.  Bailey gets some great scenes this week between undermining Callie and showing who the real boss is and giving Alex hell for losing it on the father for running a meth lab.

I have to admit, I’m back on the Grey’s train.

Avi’s Episode Rating: A-

PS – I could still do without the voice over

Brothers & Sisters – Season 2, Episode 1 – Home Front

October 1, 2007

As anyone who follows TV news knows, this show hit last season looking like a disaster in the making.  Replaced actors, reshot pilots, replaced producers and just generally bad buzz.  I tried anyway but found the first few episodes kind of boring and was pretty close to dropping it.  Then Greg Berlanti took over and the show became the ultimate family drama.  The characters became real people, the dialogue snappy, the storylines compelling, humourous, heart warming and heart breaking – sometimes all at the same time.  Adding the great Rob Lowe didn’t hurt either.

So the show enters the second season with an Emmy for Sally Field and following one of the finest season finales of last season with reasonably high expectations from me and I’m happy to say the show exceeded them.

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Getting Closure on ABC’s Cancelled Traveler

September 29, 2007

How many times have us TV lovers been burned by shows that have been cancelled too soon? Particularly when it comes to serials where we start watching, get engrossed in the characters and stories but never find out what happens at the end of the story. This is not the situation with the summer’s great drama Traveler.

If you missed it, Traveler was a big sweeping conspiracy story where 2 former students are set up as terrorist bombers by a third who they thought was their best friend. The 2 friends go on the road and try and unravel the mystery and clear their name. In the show’s short 8 episode season, we got to see parts of the puzzle but it ended on a huge cliffhanger where one of the apparent masterminds was blown up. Unfortunately that’s all we’re ever going to see because the show got cancelled and we’re never getting a second season.

But finally we get a creator who gets that the fans need to know what was going to happen. David DiGilio posted to TV Guide’s Traveler blog pretty much his whole bible for the show answering questions like: What is the Fourth Branch and Who is Will Traveler. Definitely worth checking out if you were a fan of the shortlived series and want to know not only what would have transpired in the second season but also what ultimately would have happened to the characters and the endgame of the series.

Mr. DiGillio, I promise to reward your true commitment to your fans by watching your next series. Thanks for “getting it”.