TV Gal Opens Up the Nominations

Let the record reflect that if you were in charge of things, the world (or at least the world of TV) would be a much more entertaining place.

Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions for the 2006 Amy Awards. I had a blast reading your ideas. After pouring through hundreds of your postings, I've come up with your 12 most wanted Amy Award categories. And, of course, when possible, I used your very clever category titles.

Here are the guiding principles for the 12 categories. Out of your most popular categories, I picked 12 unique categories that could produce five varied nominations. (So categories like Best "Prison Break" Moment were ruled out. As were rants against McDreamy and "American Idol"). I also collapsed some that were very similar into one category (so most underrated actor and cast are now in one category). In some instances I brought back titles from last year's award (everyone wanted worst plot twist and I loved last year's name for that award). By popular demand I brought back a favorite award from last season --"Why Does TV Gal Still Talk About This Show?" I can't wait to see which shows make into this category this year. I sense that I'm going to be in trouble.

Now remember in the Amy Awards you pick the categories, the nominations and the winners.

The 12 categories are:

1. Floor, Please Give Me My Jaw Back (a.k.a. Most Shocking Moment)

2. Best Scene Stealer

3. Let's Lemon Law This (a.k.a. Worst Show)

4. They May Take Our Shows But They'll Never Take Our Love for Them (a.k.a. Show that Ended/Was Canceled Way Too Soon)

5. You Can Say That Again (a.k.a. Best Quote)

6. The Awards Shows Don't Love You But We Do (a.k.a. Most Underrated Cast or Actor)

7. They Made Us Wait for This? (a.k.a. Worst Season/Series Finale)

8. Til Death Do Us Part (a.k.a. Best Death)

9. Beating a Dead Horse (a.k.a. Why Does TV Gal Still Talk About This Show?)

10. I Wouldn't Buy That If It Was on Sale (a.k.a. Worst Story line or Plot Twist)

11. Resurrect Me (a.k.a. Character/Actor You Would Most Like to See Brought Back on Another Show Next Season)

12. It's Like a Freaking Car Wreck (a.k.a. Best Guilty Pleasure)

Tune in next week for the announcement of the 2006 Amy Award nominees.

An Early Look at the Fall's New Shows

Well, I think I've successfully completed the five stages of grief about "Everwood." There was of course denial (you were there for that), anger (you were definitely there for that), bargaining (this involved some sort of promise not to mock the acting on "7th Heaven"), depression (that involved more chocolate than really can be acknowledged) and finally acceptance (I even purchased an "I Wish I Lived in Everwood" shirt at I think the best thing we can all do now is purchase the first season DVD of "Everwood" and hope that convinces the powers that be to release the other three seasons.

Since I've worked through my grief, I was able to watch the two new shows The CW is debuting this fall. "The Game" is the "Girlfriends" spin-off about football players and their wives/girlfriends/mothers. It's a harmless, cute half-hour with the requisite appearance by Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) and an all grown up Tia Mowry.

But what we really need to talk about is the new CW show "Runaway." When I first heard the title, I thought it would be yet another teen soap opera. But it's so not. First of all it features Donnie Wahlberg (who I've missed since "Boomtown"), Leslie Hope (whose death I still mourn on "24") and Sarah Ramos (who I loved on "American Dreams"). Wahlberg is a man who takes his entire family on the run when he is wrongly accused of a vicious crime. Think "24" meets "Prison Break" with adolescent angst and marital strife. They need to work on the subplot of the FBI agents chasing the family (it's awkward and the attempts at humor don't quite work) but it still looks like this show is going to be some good times and force me to break my CW vow of silence. (Let's be honest I was going to have to break it anyway so I could watch "Veronica Mars," "Gilmore Girls" and "Everybody Hates Chris.")

Make sure to check my column next week when I take on beleaguered NBC's new shows.

Sharing the Save Our Shows Love

I've heard from so many fans of "Invasion" who are de-va-stated that we won't be seeing the fabulous William Fichtner next season. I promised to share the save our show love. Check out and

Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for June 19 to 25

Is there a better TV mom than Frances Sternhagen? We've loved her as Cliff's mom on "Cheers," Carter's grandmom on "ER" and Charlotte's mother-in-law on "Sex and the City." Now she'll stop by "The Closer" (Monday, TNT, 9 p.m.) as Brenda's mom. And remember Brenda hasn't even told her mom that she's dating any one. Don't miss this stand out episode.

J.D. Pardo gives a brave and poignant performance in "A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story" (Monday, Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

I simply can't take the fact that Tommy is sleeping with his nephew's science teacher on "Rescue Me" (Tuesday, FX, 10 p.m.). Can you?

Regis Philbin hosts the new talent show "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, NBC, 9 p.m.) Because of his contractual obligations to "American Idol," executive producer Simon Cowell can't appear in front of the camera. So actor David Hasselhoff, singing sensation Brandy, and British personality Piers Morgan try to fill Simon, Randy and Paula's shoes.

This was my favorite episode of "Lost" (Wednesday, ABC, 9 p.m.) last season. I think Sun didn't cheat on Jin, what do you think?

It's a good week for great repeats. Did you miss the best episode of "The Office"? Tune in to the Booze Cruise episode (Thursday, NBC, 9:30 p.m.) This is when everything started to change for Jim and Pam. Sigh.

Word is that Tina Fey won't be back to "Saturday Night Live" next season so she can concentrate on her new NBC sitcom "30 Rock." (Where Alec Baldwin is positively hilarious by the way.) If you missed what could be Fey's swan song, tune in to the season finale Saturday at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

That's all for today. Don't forget to post your nominations for the 12 categories for the 2006 Amy Awards to the message boards by June 22 at 9 p.m. ET. Remember, these are your awards, so let's hear what you have to say. I'll be back next Monday to talk about the second season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the new ABC Family series "Kyle XY," and I'll continue to work my way through next seasons new shows. Have a question, seen a familiar face, have an inside scoop or want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at .

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