Most of you know that sometimes I can, shall we say, wallow in my lovely little world of denial. (It's great in this world. Dark chocolate grows on trees.) It's why I can't even talk about how "Veronica Mars" has yet to be picked up for a full season. No, seriously. I can't talk about. Be quiet.
Sometimes my level of denial pays off. Despite evidence to the contrary, "Studio 60" was picked up for a full season.
And sometimes it doesn't. There are still some Mondays when I turn on the TV expecting "Everwood" to be on.
It occurred to me the other day that I've been in a state of denial about "Gilmore Girls." The season premiere was pretty good and I was loathe to admit that the show has since taken a serious turn for the worse. But now it's time to face the harsh truth. Let me begin with one very basic question:
Is there anyone out there who actually wants Lorelai and Christopher together?
Stop reading right now if you don't already know the big event that happens in this week's episode. Go directly to "Quotes of the Week."
Okay, back to my question. Is there anyone out there who actually wants Lorelai and Christopher together? I can maybe understand why Lorelai would jump into a relationship with Christopher (after all he's the anti-Luke, ready for commitment, ready everything with Lorelai) and, yes, Amy Sherman-Palladino had already written the Luke and Lorelai relationship into a corner by having Lorelai sleep with Christopher and having Luke refuse to let Lorelai be a part of April's life (which, memo to all, never made any sense). And perhaps I can even believe that Lorelai would so readily jump into a new relationship without truly mourning the end of her relationship with Luke (who hasn't done that in an effort to get over someone?). But what really bothers me is that having Lorelai and Christopher get married is such a cliched plot device. Now we all have to wait for them to get divorced and Luke and Lorelai to get back together. Because no one actually wants Christopher and Lorelai together, their break-up is inevitable.
The other problem this season is the show is trying too hard, particularly in trying to capture the cadence of dialogue that Sherman-Palladino made effortless. Lorelai and Rory were always self-centered, but they were also always likable. Now, when Lorelai goes off on one of her tirades, it's hard to imagine why anyone would want to date her. I even fast-forwarded through her rant about the Provost. Richard and Emily are the only ones who have survived this season unscathed.
This week while Christopher and Lorelai are in the city of love, Rory's old pal Marty comes back into her life Tuesday at 8 p.m. on The CW.
What do you think about this season of "Gilmore Girls?" Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards.
Quotes of the Week
"That settles it. Hanging out in a coffee shop is not nearly as fun as hanging out in a bar." Swarley, I mean Barney, on "How I Met Your Mother."
"Kate, damn it. Run!" Jack to Kate on "Lost." Can I just tell you that I was yelling the same thing at my TV?
"Gay dad always trumps slutty mom." Kaitlyn to Luke's twin brothers on "The O.C." Thanks to Kathie for the quote.
"I snuck off to play a little crap." Bones getting the name of the casino game very wrong on "Bones." Thanks to Barry for the quote.
Shout Out to the Competition Quotes of the Week
"The hospital is famous for being wonderfully quirky. It's called Seattle Grace." Dr. Roberts telling Summer about his new job on "The O.C."
"That would be an unusual interesting creative direction for 'CSI: Miami.'" Danny to Matt on "Studio 60."
Inside Joke of the Week
Kim was the first to let me know that on "Bones," the hotel the crime was committed at was the Hyperion Hotel, the very same hotel Angel and his crew set up shop on "Angel."
Carl and Patty were the first reader to recognize that the boys were watching "Taxi" on "Numb3rs."
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Well, we're all very excited that Matt Roth was Art Washburn, the newest resident of Wisteria Lane on "Desperate Housewives." Roth, the real life husband on Laurie Metcalf, played Metcalf's boyfriend Fisher on "Roseanne."
Kathleen Gati was the woman who shot and killed Carolyn Bigsby on "Desperate Housewives." She played the Russian First Lady last season on "24." Michael Durrell is Gabriel's lawyer on "Desperate Housewives." He was Donna Martin's father on "90210."
Rachelle Lefevre has been everywhere this season. She was the sorority sister Veronica liked on "Veronica Mars," the stripper Adam met on "What About Brian" and Kevin's unintentional blind date on "The Class" (Help me. I can't stop watching. Help me.)
Matt Letscher was the man accused of killing his wife on "Justice." He was Burton last season on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Eric on "Joey" and Gavin on "Good Morning, Miami." Mackenzie Astin was the man who actually did kill the wife. He was Kate's childhood sweetheart on "Lost" and Warren in "The First Years." And let's not forget he was Andy on "The Facts of Life."
Kristin Lehman was the woman who kidnapped Lincoln on "Prison Break." She was Detective Danielle Carter on "Killer Instinct," Dr. Lily Reddicker on "Judging Amy" and Avery on "Felicity." And, of course, that was Tony Denison, Detective Flynn on "The Closer," reprising his role as Lincoln's long lost dad.
Clare Carey was the woman whose husband was becoming a woman on "Grey's Anatomy." Carey was Kelly on "Coach" and we've seen her playing Mary this season on "Jericho."
Alexandra Holden was the woman whose baby died on "Grey's Anatomy." She played Elizabeth on "Friends" (remember Ross dated her and Bruce Willis was her father?).
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard for November 13 to 19
I know "Prison Break" (Monday, FOX, 8 p.m.) isn't exactly a romantic drama, but I cannot believe Michael and Sara didn't kiss last week. Also can we please not know about any more of T-Bag's bodily functions? Thanks so much.
Detective Benson returns to the squad on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Stanley Tucci and Mark Feuerstein star in "3 LBS," which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on CBS. Tucci plays a cranky, brilliant neurosurgeon who is not much for sweet talking his patients. Feuerstein is an equally brilliant neurosurgeon who cares deeply about his patients. The pilot was probably more confusing than necessary and there's nothing particularly compelling about the series but there's nothing particularly offensive about it either. Feuerstein is certainly due for a successful show but I'm not sure this is it. Three stars.
Taye Diggs stars as Detective Brett Hopper in "Day Break" (premiering Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC). In the one-hour drama which takes over the "Lost" time slot (boooooo) Brett relives the same day over and over again to prove he didn't commit a crime and to save the lives of those he loves. Think of it as a "Groundhog" day gone heinously awry. The show will benefit from airing uninterrupted until "Lost" returns to the schedule, but I already kind of resent it for taking over the "Lost" time slot. I'm thinking that I'm not alone in that sentiment and that perhaps people aren't in the mood for another really stressful show. Particularly, one that's good but not great. After you watch the show let me know what you think. Three stars.
Patricia Arquette's real life spouse, Thomas Jane, guest stars in the two-hour season premiere of "Medium" Wednesday at 9 p.m. on NBC. He plays Allison's old boyfriend Clay Bicks who stops by for a visit and doesn't want to leave.
Christmas is coming a little early for "Monk" fans. Dan Hedaya guest stars as Monk's long lost dad in this holiday themed episode Friday at 10 p.m. on USA.
I'll give you that "Bang" was the best episode of "Desperate Housewives" that we've seen in quite some time. Plus, it got rid of Nora -- I know the whole point of her character was to be annoying but when a character becomes so annoying I want to turn off the TV when she's on, that's a real problem. And I didn't quite understand why Lynette wouldn't try to comfort Julie. But what I really need to talk about is the hairstyles "Desperate Housewives" this season. What is going on? We've had Ernie Hudson looking like he just stepped out of 70's detective movie. Mae Whitman sporting a shag circa the early 80's. And apparently in between playing "War of the Roses" with Carlos, Gabrielle stop by the hairdresser to get her hair highlighted because she's gets blonder every week. The real reason these hairstyles are a problem is because they are so distracting. This week on "Desperate Housewives" (Sunday, ABC, 9 p.m.), Lynette grows a little closer to her new neighbor.
Rob Lowe begins his stint as Senator Robert McCallister on "Brothers & Sisters" Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC. If that name sounds familiar, Eric was the first to remind me that this was the name of the young boy who would be President on "Jack & Bobby." And remember, executive producer Greg Berlanti is behind both shows. And to recap for the initiated, since the show premiered Josh Hopkins, Matthew Settle and now Rob Lowe have all been in like with Kitty. I so need to become a whiny conservative talk show host.
That's all for today. I'll be back next week to talk about "The Office," "Veronica Mars," "Grey's Anatomy" (two words: All Set) and the return of "Scrubs." And don't forget -- coming in December the best of everything television - the best shows, the best characters, the best moments and the quotes of the year. So send me your favorite TV moments and quotes of 2006. Have a question, seen a familiar face, want to nominate a quote of the week, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.