Riddle me this.
What do "Friends," "The O.C." and "Desperate Housewives" have in common?
They've all gone through that terrible TV trauma known as backlash.
We fall in love with a show, build it up, and then turn on it.
There are many reasons for our alienation of affection: a dip in quality, overexposure or our own high, and perhaps unrealistic, expectations.
Sometimes a show survives ("Friends"), sometimes it doesn't; "The O.C." has been much improved this season but alas it turned out to be too little too late.
And such is the fate that has befallen "Lost." They can't win for losing as the saying goes.
So many of you have written to me about the ABC drama over the past few months: you don't like the direction the show is going, you don't think the writers and producers know where the show is going or have any of the answers, you're tired of the Others, you're sick of Kate/Jack/Sawyer triangle and you miss Claire or Charlie or Desmond or insert name of your favorite "Lost" character here.
When "Lost" returns this Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC, the show must make nice with a lot of cranky viewers. I think because I've always connected more with the characters than with the ongoing mystery (you know how I roll), I've truly enjoyed this season so far. I'm not worried about the polar bear or the statue with weird toes or the black smoke.
I loved the first episode back which tells Juliet's back story and features a great guest cast. It is still Kate/Jack/Sawyer centric but it is also creepy, unsettling, compelling and thought-provoking.
But I want to know what you think. Will you watch "Lost" when it returns? Did you like the first episode back? Have you enjoyed the show so far this season? Talk about on the TV Gal message boards or write me at email@example.com.
Quotes of the Week
"This is how we roll." Hiro to Ando on "Heroes." Thanks to Danni for the quote.
"Are we role playing? Am I you? I don't wanna be you!" Wilson to House on "House." Thanks to Megan for the quote.
"Is our marriage, for you, basically just marking time?" Christopher to Lorelai on "Gilmore Girls."
"I don't care what Jim says, that is not the real Ben Franklin. I'm 99% sure of it." Dwight about the Ben Franklin impersonator on "The Office." Thanks to Will for the quote.
"I predict we will solve it Friday at 10:01 p.m. and then maybe watch some cable." Shawn to Gus on "Psych."
"Eric your sermons have jumped the shark." Lou to Eric on "7th Heaven." Thanks to Mike for the quote.
"The point is to reveal a little bit about yourself." Paul about the staff costume party on "Boston Legal." Um, don't they reveal much more than a little bit about themselves every week?
"If they're regular viewers, they know by now, anything goes." Alan to Denny on "Boston Legal."
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
David recognized Kaley Cuoco, Bridget on "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" and Billie on "Charmed," was the abused girl who ran into Haywire on "Prison Break."
Jonathan recognized Jessalyn Gilsig, Gina on "Nip/Tuck," Detective Kelly Ronson on "NYPD Blue," and Lauren Davis on "Boston Public" as Claire's mom on "Heroes."
Robin knew that was Denise Dowse, forever the beloved Mrs. Teasley on "Beverly Hills 90210," the Angel of Destiny on "Charmed" and Dr. Shapiro on "All of Us," was the judge hearing Luke's custody case on "Gilmore Girls."
Anne and Jen were excited to see Tamara Mello, Lily on "Popular," as the girl Shawn was talking to on "Psych."
Brett Cullen was Tim's father on "Friday Night Lights." Cullen was Ted on "Ugly Betty," Goodwin on "Lost" and Governor Ray Sullivan on "The West Wing."
Gordon Clappp, Detective Greg Medavoy on "NYPD Blue," was the doctor selling diseased body parts on "CSI." John Hensley, Matt on "Nip/Tuck," was Jesse, the male escort who killed his mother.
Sadia recognized Max Greenfield, Deputy Leo on "Veronica Mars," as the young Sandy Cohen on "The O.C."
Mariah recognized Ashley Johnson, Chrissy on "Growing Pains," as Susie the maid on "Monk."
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for February 5 to 11
Sure, he's a fugitive on the run and she's a morphine-addicted doctor. But they're in love and that's all that matters. Sara and Michael take a page from "Risky Business" on "Prison Break" (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.).
I loved this week's episode of "How I Met Your Mother" (Monday, CBS, 8 p.m.). Marshall and Ted say a prayer to TiVo and let's just say I can relate. Also look for a cameo from Emmitt Smith on "Mother" and for Jerry Rice to drop by both "The Class" (Monday, CBS, 8:30 p.m.) and "The Game" (Monday, CW, 9:30 p.m.)
You know when someone gives me directions, spells a person's name or rattles off a phone number, I have to write it down and repeat it to make sure I have it right. But I have to love that on "24" (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.) Jack merely barks out critical information and everyone gets it the first time. Between that and not being able to ever find my way to the northwest corridor, I'd be the worst CTU agent ever. I think we've come to the point in the season where we have to start predicting who we think the traitor is going to be this season. Obviously Chad Lowe's Reed Pollack is up to no good, but my money is either on Milo or Nadia as the CTU traitor. Nadia because they are trying to convince us she's innocent or Milo because he seems poised to frame Nadia. We don't know what Milo has been up to these past five years. Here's hoping Karen has a real reason for so easily resigning and that she and Bill actually say "I love you" to each other sometime soon. I'm also loving D.B. Woodside as President Palmer this season. I like the whole idea that he's truly ill-equipped to be president. The back story I've created in my own mind is that he won the election because people loved his brother so much.
Well it's time for me to layeth the smacketh down on "Gilmore Girls" (Tuesday, CW, 8 p.m.). If anything happens to Richard, I will so give the show the silent treatment. Why does The CW keep putting their patriarchs in peril?
I don't know how much more I can take of Logan and Veronica on "Veronica Mars" (Tuesday, CW, 9 p.m.). It's simply too painful.
Oh you know how I get when I'm on a show's bandwagon, especially one that's struggling in the ratings (see "Everwood" and "Arrested Development"). So I'm going to go ahead and again tell you to watch "Friday Night Lights" (Wednesday, NBC, 8 p.m.). The show is so good. I promise you, you won't regret tuning in. This week, Tyra and Julie's friendship continues while the team must deal with a racist remark.
Jeff Probst returns with 19 new castaways in "Survivor: Fiji" premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Tim Gunn, the beloved mentor of "Project Runway," guest stars as a fashion reporter on "Ugly Betty" Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Carry on, "Ugly Betty," carry on.
Everyone is in an uproar about the recent asylum episode of "Smallville" (Thursday, CW, 8 p.m.). It's not the first time the show has taken a page from the "Buffy" playbook, but this time seems to have really irked you all.
TV Gal reader Lisa has an excellent theory about "CSI" (Thursday, CBS, 9 p.m.). She thinks Keppler may be the real miniature killer. Something is definitely up with him. What do you think it is?
One of my favorite singers, Keith Urban, is the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (Saturday, NBC, 11:30 p.m.). If all you know about him is about his marriage to Nicole Kidman and his recent stay in rehab, you have to see him perform live. The man is an incredible live performer. Plus he wrote two of my all time favorite songs: "It's a Love Thing" and "You'll Think of Me."
We have a lot to celebrate over at "Brothers & Sisters" (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.). First of all Emily Van Camp, Amy on "Everwood," will soon be joining the series as Holly's daughter Rebecca. Also for any episode titled "Valentine's Day Massacre." This was the episode they were taping when I visited the set. Familiar faces return (look for one of my favorite ex-boyfriends) and Margot Kidder guest stars as Nora's friend.
To the left, to the left. OK, somebody needs to help me with the problem I'm having with Beyonce's "Irreplaceable." There seems to be no end to the number of times I can hear this song and not be tired of it. Help me. Can't wait to see Beyonce present and Justin Timberlake perform at the "Grammy Awards" (Sunday, CBS, 8 p.m.)
That's all for today. I'll be back next week with thoughts on "What About Brian" (with Tiffani Thiessen joining the cast I will begin my campaign to get you to tune in), "Studio 60" (can this show be saved?), "Veronica Mars," "ER," "Grey's Anatomy" and much, much more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun