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There are times when I write something and I know, I just know, I'm going to incur your wrath.

And, alas, this is going to be one of those times.

This is something I've addressed before but I think it's time to truly own up to something. Okay is everybody ready?

I don't love "Heroes."

I'll give you a moment to let that sink in.

The good news is, I've finally figured out exactly why. I'm not emotionally connecting to the characters. I can watch an episode, even find it entertaining, but moments after the episode is over, I've forgotten about it. It has left no lasting imprint.

The same can be said for "Godsend," the episode that marks "Heroes" return this Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC. In fact to write this article I had to go look up the episode synopsis to remind myself what had happened in an episode that I has watched less than a week ago.

A new catchphrase is launched: Are you on the list? (there are even t-shirts you can buy with the slogan) and a new hero is introduced (like I'm going to tell you who she/he is). Now don't give up hope, the show is growing on me. I love Greg Grunberg's troubled cop Matt and Masi Oka's loveable Hiro is clearly the breakout character of the season. Oka has the innate gift to deftly play the humor and the terror of his character. I can't decide if H.R.G. is bad or simply drawn that way. And casting Zachary Quinto as Sylar was pretty darn brilliant. But in the end "Heroes" just isn't gelling for me. I'm not "all in" as the saying goes. But I know most of you are so I want you to tell me why.

Why do you love "Heroes?" Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards or write me at

News From Television Critics Association Press Tour

As I write this I'm sitting in Ritz Carlton in Pasadena where I've been immersed in the world of TV. It's a place where you lose all perspective on what's happening in the outside world. But I've gathered up as much gossip as possible so if you don't want to know what's coming up on TV, skip ahead to the "Where Have I Seen Them Before?" section.

I got the chance tovisit the set of "Brothers & Sisters" and meet with showrunner Greg Berlanti. You all would be so proud of me. I resisted the urge to be like that old Chris Farley skit on "Saturday Night Live." For instance I didn't say to Greg, "Remember that time on 'Everwood' when Ephram gave Amy that necklace? That was really awesome." Perhaps since I showed such restraint, Greg did give me some tidbits about what's coming up on the show. When we met, he was in the middle of casting the role of Holly's daughter, Rebecca, who will become a series regular. I think it's safe to say she'll stir up trouble. And look for Tommy to continue to define his role in the business world by going into business with someone I think we all might find upsetting. And one of Kevin's ex-boyfriends will come back into his life. And we only really know one of Kevin's ex-boyfriends.

We also got to visit the set of "24" where my most pressing question was "do the phones really sound like that when they ring?" Alas, they don't, it's a sound effect. I must have looked crestfallen because I was quickly assured they really were working phones. Then I resisted the urge to call my dad and say "Dad I'm 15 minutes out and calling from CTU, get down here fast. Don't let Bill Buchanan see what you're doing."

I'm sure you've heard by now that Marcia Cross is on bed rest and they've actually filmed some of Cross' scenes from her home. With Bree away from "Desperate Housewives" for at least a little while, look for Edie to take on a more prominent role. We'll finally get to meet Edie's son.

I've seen the return episode of "Lost" and I loved it. But I've been happy with the season so far, a minority opinion I know. It will show Juliet's back story and how she ended up on the island. And the really fun thing is it features a cameo from Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Before the season ends, we'll learn how Locke ended up in the wheelchair and how Jack got his tattoos.

So we all know I'm not the biggest fan of "Criminal Minds," but there are two things you need to know about the post Super Bowl episode. One is James Van der Beek is guest starring and he's playing a character far removed from the Creek. And the way the episode starts off sounds really interesting and surprising.

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

Several of you reminded me –- thank goodness -– that Gary Anthony Williams who plays Clarence/Clarice on "Boston Legal" was Abe, Stevie's dad on "Malcolm in the Middle."