TV Gal Doesn't Worship 'Heroes'

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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."

Everyone reminded me that Alexander Siddig, who is currently playing Hamir Al-Assad on "24," was Dr. Julian Bashir on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"

Jen recognized Robert Michael Morris, Mickey on "The Comeback," Vampire Lou the weatherman on "How I Met Your Mother" and Holly's dad on "The Class," was Nora's date on "Brothers & Sisters."

That was Kyle Gallner reprising his role as Bart Allen on "Smallville." Gallner was Cassidy Casablancas on "Veronica Mars," Jason on "Big Love," and we've seen him this season on "Cold Case" and "Bones."

Of course we all recognized Jason Lewis, Samantha's boyfriend Smith on "Sex and the City," as Chad, Kevin's love interest on "Brothers & Sisters." But did you recognize that Roxy Olin, the daughter of Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig is playing Michelle, Chad's girlfriend? If you still have it saved, go back and look at the episode. She looks exactly like her mom.

Quotes of the Week

"I can't do this any more." Jack on "24." Oh but Jack, you will. You will.

"I miss Dwight. Congratulations universe. You win." Jim on "The Office." Thanks to Joe and Michelle for the quote.

"Yes." Jim's response to Karen's question "Do you still have feelings for her?" Fret not. I've already sent Karen a copy of "He's Just Not That Into You."

"Penelope Cruz is dying to play me" Sofia (Salma Hayek) on "Ugly Betty." Thanks to Diana for the quote.

"I'll tell you what. If she does get on TV, America's really gonna love her." Reba to Barbara Jean about the new weather girl (played by Kelly Clarkson) on "Reba." Thanks to Jeff for the quote.

"You are in a relationship with no words. You are a millionaire with twenty-dollar shoes." Meredith to Christina and Isabel when they make fun of how messy she is on "Grey's Anatomy." Thanks to T. Paul for the quote.

Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Jan. 22 to 28

"Prison Break" returns Monday at 8 p.m. on FOX. And whatever quibbles I have with the show it still manages to completely surprise me. And T-Bag is still creeping me out. After you've watched the episode, you must let me know what you think.

"Studio 60" returns to the schedule Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC. Won't you please tune in?

Will Jennifer Hudson hear her name called Tuesday morning when the nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards are announced at 8:30 a.m. on E!? I sure hope so. I've been rooting for her since she was on "American Idol" (some of you may remember she was my pick to win the whole thing) and she's truly fabulous in "Dreamgirls." I was kind of amazed to discover how good an actress she is. Without naming any names I think we all know that just because you're an excellent singer, it doesn't mean you'll be an excellent actor. I'm not sure how you top a debut performance like Hudson has had, but I can't wait to see what she does next.

While all the other networks air "The State of the Union" address, the CW airs brand new episodes of "Gilmore Girls" (8 p.m.) and "Veronica Mars" (9 p.m.). There's a new romance on the horizon for one of our favorite characters on "Veronica Mars" and the kick off of the mystery: who killed Dean O'Dell (Ed Begley, Jr.)? The bad news for "Veronica Mars" is that the show will go on an eight-week hiatus on March 6 to make room for "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" (all together now, "Boooooo") and when the show does return it will be with five stand alone episodes (double booooo).

You know my column has always been about what's happening on TV series not what's happening behind the scenes on a show. But I really feel like I can't go on without mentioning Isaiah Washington's appalling comments. It certainly seems like "Grey's Anatomy" is becoming an untenable place to work and that there's an implicit approval of Washington's behavior if he's allowed to continue on the show. This type of behavior would get many people fired from their jobs. On a much less serious note, Washington's off screen behavior is definitely affecting what I think when I watch the show. I certainly can't believe the compassionate scenes between Burke and George over the death of George's father. All I can think about is how difficult it must be to work with someone who has been so publicly cruel to you. And on a purely what's happening with the show note, what's up with Addison and Alex kissing at the bar everyone goes to? Seriously wouldn't you go to someplace slightly more private? This week on "Grey's Anatomy" (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.) Bailey wants to open a free clinic. Hmmmm ... I wonder how she'll fund it.

Live Schreiber continues his stint on "CSI" (Thursday, CBS, 9 p.m.) in an episode that's a little different for the series. Also we get another glimpse at the dynamics of the Grissom/Sara romance.

Don't forget to watch the "Screen Actors Guild Awards" Sunday at 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT.

That's all for today. I'm off to the set of "How I Met Your Mother" so I'll have all the gossip on the rest of their second season. Plus my TiVo was acting up when I left so I'll have a full report on the old adventures with my new TiVo (I couldn't help but wonder ... when is it time to admit a relationship is no longer working?). I'll also have thoughts on "The Class" (why would anyone do this to Sara Gilbert?), "24," "Gilmore Girls," "Friday Night Lights," (won't you join me in my love affair with the show) "Desperate Housewives" and much, much more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at

What did you think of the return of "Heroes," "Prison Break" and "Veronica Mars"? Why do you love "Heroes"? Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards.

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