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May 9, 2007 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | May 9, 2007 |

I’m folding this week’s Daily Trade Round-Up into my latest installment of The Clip Show. Let’s do it!

So that means 47 hours of filler and one hour of answers? As you have no doubt heard, the producers of “Lost” have announced their endgame roadmap: Three more uninterrupted and rerun-free seasons, 16 episodes apiece (and we won’t know for sure until next week, but there may be a timeslot change as well, bumping the show up by an hour). So, assuming the show eventually gets around to giving us some firm answers, we’ll have them by mid-2010. Producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof say that, with this roadmap in place, they already know how each of the next two seasons will end, and that this season’s upcoming finale will give folks a better idea of the show’s overall design.

From a viewer standpoint, this is certainly a welcome development. We all know that the show has floundered since the first season, although I think that the recent batch of episodes has started to get things back on track (kinda sorta maybe). With a clear end of the line, combined with shorter future seasons (meaning less need for filler episodes), I’m allowing myself to be ever-so-cautiously optimistic that those of us who have stuck with the show (and who will continue to do so) may be rewarded for the effort.

And from a behind-the-scenes standpoint, this is also an interesting development. You pretty much never see a network giving a show such a long-term commitment, nor do you see everyone agreeing to a plotted-out termination date, particularly when the show is still a good money maker. If this works out in ABC’s favor (i.e., if ABC continues to get the ratings and ad revenue it wants, which I would wager will be the situation), we could see this model followed for other successful serials, allowing shows to go out on their own terms rather than fading into ignominy (oh how I wish we could go back in time and have “The X-Files” follow a similar roadmap). Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the plan to start the remaining seasons in February, allowing them to air straight through. I think we’ll see more and more of this as the years go on, as networks realize the gains in February and May sweeps and the overall viewer goodwill make up for the loss in November sweeps.

Of course, ABC still wants to make as much money as it can off of “Lost,” and so it should come as no surprise that the network is going to milk the cow yet again with another clip-show/catch-up special twice in the coming weeks. “Lost: The Answers,” will air on Thursday, May 17 (at 10 p.m.) and then again on Wednesday, May 23 (at 8 p.m.). Like the last milker, “Lost: Survivor Guide,” the special will be hosted by executive producers Lindelof and Cuse, and they’ll outline the various mysteries of the show.

One last bit of “Lost” business — I have to tip my hat to New Jersey critic Alan Sepinwall. My favorite headline in quite some time comes courtesy of his blog, where, in reference to last week’s episode, his blog recap was entitled “Hello. My name is James Ford. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Well done, sir. Well done.

The So-So Race. Well the “all star” eleventh season of “The Amazing Race” has come to an end, and as you know, the rather detestable Eric and Danielle were the winners (although, to be fair, Eric is responsible for my favorite comedic moment of the entire season — while Dustin, one of the Blondes, was puking after eating a two-foot sausage, Eric stood up and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen — Ms. California”). Anyway, I’m pleased to report the shocking (I say, shocking) news that the couple are no longer together. Eric says they’re “still cool,” which surely means “yeah, we’re still talking ‘cause I’m financially tied to the bitch until the check clears and we can split the winnings up all proper-like.”

I don’t know about you guys, but I found this season to be rather lackluster. There were certainly some good moments here and there, but I found too many of the detour and roadblock challenges to be the types of things that really didn’t take much and, as such, didn’t really help to separate the teams out. I know it’s a fine line to walk — you want teams to be able to take leads over other teams, but at the same time, CBS wants a close call at the end of each leg. But I’d give up that end-of-the-episode suspense a little more often if it meant the rest of the hour could be that much more competitive and interesting. For example, the episode where Uchenna and Joyce got booted, we all knew their ouster was coming very early because they got a flight way behind everyone else, and then the show just stopped showing them at all. But it didn’t take away from the rest of the episode in the least. My point, I guess, is this — I’m worried that things are starting to get a little stale here. And while “Survivor” hit the stale-wall a while ago, it can resuscitate itself (though not every season does) through the personal interactions and strategy element of the show. “The Amazing Race” really doesn’t have the luxury of that game element. So I hope that everyone behind the scenes buckles down and figures out a way to really return the show to its former glory for the next season (which should hit sometime this fall, meaning it’ll probably be filming soon).

Upfront of the upfronts. Next week are the network upfronts, when the networks unveil their new fall schedules and we can finally put all the cancelled-or-coming-back questions behind us (and your TV Whore will, of course, cover all the details for you, likely with a wrap-up column once all is said and done). But in the meantime, we do know a couple of things. The CW has announced that “Gilmore Girls” is officially kaput and that next week’s episode (May 15) will be the series finale. Word has it that the network did want to bring the show back but things fell apart when Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel rejected a big-money offer for a 13-episode season. As I never watched the show, this news don’t befront me at all (plus the general fan sentiment seems to be that the show was struggling anyway). But it’s certainly good news for my girl “Veronica Mars,” as it means the CW has an extra hour of programming to fill (not to mention that “7th Heaven” is also, finally, bidding a fond adieu, giving the network yet another hour). So, unless it has a lot of pilots that it’s in love with, our young blonde detective may have a last-minute reprieve (plus, TV Guide’s egotistical douchebag writer Michael Ausiello says that the CW execs were pretty pleased with the FBI revamp trailer they saw last week).

Meanwhile, NBC gave “Medium” an early pickup, confirming that Patricia Arquette’s show will be back for a fourth season next fall. So for the five of you out there who love this show, relax. Fans of “The Office,” however, may have reason for concern. Not over cancellation, mind you. But there are rumors flying that the network execs are thinking about expanding the show to an hour’s running time. I am absolutely praying they don’t go ahead with this, as it’s the worst idea I’ve heard in quite some time. Look, I still think “The Office” is one of the best comedies on TV right now, but I feel like there have been some wrinkles showing around its edges this season. And if we suddenly ask the writers and producers to create ~22 hours of content, instead of the usual ~11, that’s just going to stretch things further, and I fear the ramifications. I mean, is NBC’s schedule so desperate that it has no choice but to milk every little bit out of the few things it has that actually work? (Actually, that very well may be the case, as it apparently didn’t love most of its new comedy pilots — execs have confirmed that there will be five new shows announced at the upfronts, and that only one of those new shows will be a comedy, with another being a reality show and the other three being dramas).

As for the new pilots that may or may not make the schedule, the tools over at Ain’t It Cool News say that the Geico caveman show ABC ordered up was “astoundingly awful.” Now I don’t put any weight in the AICN reviews or general word-of-mouth, but this makes sense. I mean, can a TV show based on a freaking commercial be anything but terrible? On the other side of the spectrum, ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money” seems to be the pilot getting the most positive pre-upfront buzz. Starring Peter Krause, William Baldwin, and Donald Sutherland, among others, the show is about a lawyer (Krause) working for a “Dynasty”-esque New York family, and it’s apparently screening quite well. So at least ABC apparently has something to counter the disasterbacle of the Geico cavemen.

But all this speculation is relatively worthless because, as I say, we’ll know just about everything there is to know next week. However, I can tell you that it’ll take a miracle to see NBC announce the return of “Studio 60” next week. I told you last week that the network isn’t burning off the remaining episodes until after sweeps is done (and well after the upfronts). But now word comes that the sets are already being stripped down, which either means the show is deader than dead, or that NBC loves it so much it decided to do a little facelift. Which do you think is the more likely option?

But what about cable, you ask. The over-the-air networks will be getting most of the TV news for the next few weeks, between May sweeps and the upfronts. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on with the cable stations. Over at FX, we’ve got a firm start date for the fourth season of “Rescue Me,” June 13 (meaning it’s moving from Tuesdays at 10 p.m. to Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), the week after the current run of “The Shield” wraps. Not too much is known about the fourth season, although the network says that Susan Sarandon will return for two episodes, presumably to tie up the storyline about Franco’s daughter. And for those who forget (and jump to the next paragraph if you’re not all caught up with season three), we left off with Tommy being left unconscious, drugged by whack-job Sheila, in a burning house. I think it’s a pretty safe bet that he’ll survive the torching, though how much more this shatters his brain and psyche remains to be seen.

(And no, there’s still no firm date on the return of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” though FX is still saying “late summer.”)

You know, HBO loves it some miniseries, and fresh off last week’s news of its plans for “The Pacific” comes the news that it’s putting together a six-hour miniseries based on a trilogy of books written by Richard Ford. The sportswriter’s books cover a wide gamut of topics and things he has dealt with in his life, ranging from Vietnam to 9/11, and the miniseries will apparently include a similar number of diverse topics. I’ve never read any of his books, though I believe they’re generally well respected by those in the know. As for the miniseries, not too much is known yet, aside from the fact that it’s going to be written by Mark Bomback (who wrote the upcoming Live Free or Die Hard and, umm, little else) and directed by James Mangold (a “Men in Trees” producer and director of Girl, Interrupted and Identity). Those aren’t overly promising credentials to start off with, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one progresses.

Meanwhile, over at Showtime, I’m getting antsy as hell for the new season of “Weeds.” With only three months to go (it premieres on August 13), the network has teased us with the newsbit that Matthew Modine is coming onboard for a 10-episode arc. His character is set to be a real estate developer working on/in a development next to Agrestic, and he will purportedly be trying to get into the pants of both Mary-Louise Parker and Elizabeth Perkins. So good on you, Matthew Modine.

You have to imagine it being said in his unique cadence. My favorite quote of the week comes from Norm McDonald. On last Sunday’s “Saturday Night Live/the 90’s Special” (which wasn’t quite as good as the previous two specials but was still decent enough), he said: “And then one time I was talking to Burt Reynolds and he said he wanted to come on the show while I was doing ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ and then punch me in the face and take over, and then he’d be even stupider. … But then I got fired, so he couldn’t do it.”

Arrivederci. Well May sweeps is here and the season finales are in full swing. I dropped the ball last week and forgot to give you a heads-up, but I’ll do my best to keep you covered for the rest of the month. Here are the finales coming up over the next week:

Wednesday (5/9)
“Jericho” (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Thursday (5/10)
“My Name is Earl” (NBC, 8 p.m.)

“Without a Trace” (CBS, 10 p.m.)

Friday (5/11)
“Ghost Whisperer” (CBS, 8 p.m.)
“Close to Home” (CBS, 9 p.m.)
Sunday (5/13)

“Survivor: Fiji” (CBS, 8 p.m.)

“7th Heaven” (series finale, CW, 8 p.m.)

Monday (5/14)
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS, 8 p.m.)

“Two and a Half Men” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.)

“The King of Queens” (series finale, CBS, 9 p.m.)

“CSI: Miami” (CBS, 10 p.m.)

“Everybody Hates Chris” (CW, 8 p.m.)

“All of Us” (CW, 8:30 p.m.)

“The Game” (CW, 9 p.m.)

Tuesday (5/15)
“Gilmore Girls” (series finale, CW, 8 p.m.)

Who doesn’t want to kick Luke in the nuts? I believe Dan mentioned this in one of his round-ups a few weeks back, but next month (June 17), Adult Swim will be airing a “Robot Chicken” special, “Robot Chicken: Star Wars.” Made in conjunction with the Lucas folks, the special will feature the same claymation/stop-motion work the regular show uses, but will be entirely focused on the Star Wars world. Anyway, the trailer’s out now, and I share with you:


Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television columnist. He has come to the realization that he’s really not too excited over most of the upcoming season finales, whereas in years past, he’s usually giddy as a schoolgirl.


not to mention that “7th Heaven” is also, finally, bidding a fond adieu, giving the network yet another hour

Are they sure this time?

Posted by: Brian at May 9, 2007 8:46 AM

“Dirty Sexy Money” seems to be the pilot getting the most positive pre-upfront buzz. Starring Peter Krause, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland, among others, the show is about a lawyer (Krause) working for a “Dynasty”-esque New York family, and it’s apparently screening quite well.

Sounds a teensy-bit like a immitation Arrested Development, don’t you think? (Sure, Michael Bluth wasn’t a lawyer, but…)

Posted by: Armando at May 9, 2007 9:09 AM

Wow, TV sucks. “The Office” is the only show I give a crap about, so if they want to make it an hour, I’m fine with that. I don’t care if it’s worse as a result.

Posted by: Jen at May 9, 2007 9:20 AM

Oh, god. Lost will never have a satisfying payoff THEY are making it up as they go along (Lucas style)trying to milk that cow.

If you watch this, they playin’ ya for a jive-sucka.

Posted by: BarbadoSlim at May 9, 2007 9:25 AM

Gilmore Girls has struggled the past two seasons, and as a fan, I gotta say it’s not an eighth season I wanted, but a seasons 6 and 7 redo.

I’m actually excited about Dirty Sexy Money. But then, I’d watch Peter Krause read a newspaper.

Posted by: tigi at May 9, 2007 9:40 AM

Okay, Gilmore Girls is cancelled and although I did love it, it probably has seen better times (and better writing) so I’m alright with that. But can we please get Lauren Graham an Emmy while people still remember the wonders she worked with this show after the Palladinos decided to sabotage their own creation? Week after week, she turned in stellar performances with bad writing and horrible plots, especially last season. And yet I fear she’s destined to second level romantic comedy like the piece of drivel she just made with Diane Keaton so before we forget what she’s capable of, Emmy for Ms. Graham. Please!

Posted by: PaddyDog at May 9, 2007 9:42 AM

Oh dear Gods in heaven, don’t let the suits cancel Veronica! I really dig the new format of stand-alone episodes, they’re working way better than the rest of Season Three. It’s getting interesting and the show just always feels TOO GOOD to let go.

Posted by: Claudia at May 9, 2007 9:42 AM

That Norm McDonald moment was priceless. Firing him once again proved my theory that NBC has its head up its ass. And that Germans love David Hassellhoff.

Posted by: Tammy at May 9, 2007 10:13 AM

I love robot chicken :)

Posted by: Leah at May 9, 2007 11:01 AM

So that means 47 hours of filler and one hour of answers?

Sounds about right. And the finale will be a load of crap they pulled out of their ass an hour before they wrote the script.

Posted by: Gabs at May 9, 2007 11:07 AM

Veronica Marsa hasn’t worked well since they all moved on to college, either the traditional multi-episode arcs or the new stand-alones (Which have been terrible). Not all shows are meant to go on forever. It had a few good seasons, but when you base a show on someone in high school, you have to be ready to recognize that it won’t last 7 seasons.

Posted by: WestCoastPat at May 9, 2007 11:09 AM

Man I gave up on lost. Wonder how they’ll end it off, answering all our puzzling questions.

And then there was Hereos. Ahhhh.
Beautiful ppl, surreal experiences. I like.
I like a lot.

PaddyDog I totally agree with you.
Lauren Graham should have received something for her role in Gilmore Girls. The Emmy is wasted most of the time on anybodies.

Posted by: Jean at May 9, 2007 11:30 AM

::Sniff:: “Gilmore Girls”! Rory’s graduation scene was very touching, especially when compared to her high school graduation. I’m sad to see it go, partly because I’ve been watching the show for a third of my life (crazy!), but mostly because I’m afraid that the jewel that is Lauren Graham will be relegated to god knows what cinematic atrocities. I mean, she’s not old and she doesn’t look old, but she turned forty this year and “GG” was her big break. I hope she gets another TV show, or can line up a whole bunch of “Bad Santas” to keep her busy. Do they give retroactive Emmys? Because they should.

Posted by: Geetch at May 9, 2007 11:42 AM

RE: The Office
I have liked the show so much lately, once I got over the UK Office resentment. That last episode, where Michael took all the women to the mall was really good and sort of reminded me of something that might have been done on the old show.
I don’t like the idea of having the shows run for an hour, though, because half-hour comedy is so much faster-paced. It’s like you take a meat loaf that serves 3 and you have to make it serve 6, so you stuff it with corn flakes or whatever. I don’t want a cornflakes-stuffed comedy, do you get the simile?

Posted by: Cait at May 9, 2007 12:00 PM

Yo, Seth, isn’t this week’s Office the season finale?

Posted by: Jen at May 9, 2007 12:01 PM

The Office always has so many deleted scenes online that are good enough that they should have been in the show. They wouldn’t have any problem filling an hour because they’ve already been writing and filming enough material for an hour show all along.

Posted by: Squarah at May 9, 2007 12:05 PM

Jen - I believe “The Office” wraps up with a full-hour next Thursday, the 17th.

Posted by: Seth at May 9, 2007 12:21 PM

Matthew Modine…Hell, if I’d allowed myself to include Time Machine candidates on my freebies list, I would have slapped Matthew Modine circa “And the Band Played on” up there without hesitation (along with Jeff Goldblum c. The Fly and Michael York c. Logan’s Run and Steve McQueen c. anything).

Seth, I’ve been meaning to prate—if you didn’t already have a blistering-hot set-up, I hope once “TV Whore” became a regular gig you treated yourself to one mother of a plasma, with all the bells and whistles. I can’t begin to imagine how many hours you must put in facing the old ‘iridescent wallpaper’. They oughtta be maxed to the quick.

Posted by: Ranylt at May 9, 2007 12:51 PM

Ranylt - I don’t have a “mother of a plasma,” but I do have a very nice setup. I’m all set on the gadget side of things. However, I do need a new couch, as I’m still sitting on a college-quality hand-me-down. That’s the next “treat myself” purchase. After all, all this TV watching takes a lot out of my ass.

Posted by: Seth at May 9, 2007 1:47 PM

See “Alias” for another show involving JJ Abrams that was made-up as they went along and tailed off into a “who cares except for the 37 remaining fans” finale. Even the lingo of the two shows is the same — vague references to weird almost supernatural things, foundations, places and people. The Others. The Covenant. The Rimbaldi Device. The Dharma Initiative. Alias’ finalie was embarrassing to those who stuck with it; I pray Lost does not close out with a whisper.

Posted by: Eddie Walker at May 9, 2007 1:53 PM


I learned a new word. Disasterbacle. Now I shall use it in a sentence.

“Disasterbacle is a great word.”

Suck on THAT Colbert!

Posted by: PissBoy at May 9, 2007 2:08 PM

Man, I feel awful for all of you who were sucked into Heros. It’s SO second-rate next to LOST.

I’ve tried to watch it about…6 times now, and it’s just so bad I can’t do it. Ah well.

And LOST isn’t making it up as it goes along. We’ll see when it’s all said and done.

“Save the Cheerleader!” That’s a winner…

Posted by: Mr. Show at May 9, 2007 2:33 PM

Eddie Walker: that Alias comparison is EXACTLY where Lost is headed, and exactly why I’ve been 100% cynical about anything and everything Lost-related since mid-S2.

Posted by: Gabs at May 9, 2007 2:36 PM

I just wanted to fully agree with PaddyDog. I’ll miss my show *sniffs*.

On the other hand, I’m excited about Peter Ktrause in the nowe show, he’s awesome.

Posted by: Gaby at May 9, 2007 3:21 PM

I really hope they do not move Veronica across the country. Any effort to bring the key characters with her would be entirely contrived, and I would hate to lose Logan, Wallace and her dad. And for the love of Mike, they just brought back Leo! I love Leo, and he is certainly not movable. I have thought the stories all seemed too rushed and flimsy at times all year, but especially now that they are trying to cram a story into a single episode. They need to pick a lane and stick with it.

Posted by: kx2 at May 9, 2007 3:34 PM

Good call, Seth—nothing worse than Plasma Pootie.

(TV Tush? Boobtube Butt? I’ll stop now.)

Posted by: Ranylt at May 9, 2007 3:34 PM

Sorry for the typos.

Posted by: Gaby at May 9, 2007 3:36 PM

Nooooooooo!!! I don’t want an hour-long The Office! One of the things that makes it so great is that the jokes are compact and timed so quickly. Of course I’ll still watch the show if it is an hour long, but it won’t be the same. Boo.

However, I am happy to hear about the return of The Shield and Rescue Me. Those are two of mine and my husband’s favorite shows. I heart Dennis Leary, so it was great to see him in a show that didn’t suck. I know it takes FX forever between the seasons of their flagship shows, but I was a bit worried that neither of the two were coming back.

And why the hell I still watch Lost, I cannot tell you. But maybe my time won’t turn out to be completely wasted. Eh, who am I kidding - of course it will be and I’m a damn sucker for watching that show.

Posted by: stardust savant at May 9, 2007 3:53 PM

You are way out of touch if you think there is only a few Medium fans. I invite you to watch a few episodes before you make comments like this.

I don’t even know why I am wasting my energy on responding to a post like that.

Posted by: Tom at May 9, 2007 4:34 PM

Ok so why not a fucking Robot Chicken movie instead of that stupid asnine ATHF movie that tehy’re still running commercials for?

Posted by: Candy at May 9, 2007 5:45 PM

I do not get this Gilmore Girls appeal. I simply can’t stand it. I’m glad they’re canceling it, and then I’ll never have to hear that girl with the high forehead speedlisp her way through any more unnatural dialogue. Unfortunately, everyone else at my house loves it.

Posted by: Brianne at May 9, 2007 6:16 PM

Why couldn’t they have killed 7th heaven a year earlier and used the money on Everwood?

Man I loved that show, and it tied up nicely and all but damn, that’s cold. “Let’s keep ‘Seventh Heaven’ instead! NEVERMIND. CANCEL.”

Posted by: lowmagnet at May 9, 2007 8:32 PM

I shall be probably the first and last Pajiba-ite to say this, but I’m gonna miss the living hell out of Gilmore Girls. I’m glad you have Veronica Mars, but Gilmore Girls is pretty much the only show I still watch.

And yes, the show was kind of floundering, but these last few episodes have really pulled it together. Seemed like the first few seasons again, sorta.

Posted by: Kevin at May 9, 2007 10:52 PM

Man, I feel awful for all of you who were sucked into Heros. It’s SO second-rate next to LOST.

Yes, indeed. When it comes to confusing, muddled “mysteries” with no tangible solution before the writers somehow backpedal (or more accurately, sidepedal) on the developments they DID manage to put down, and no semblance of a progressing plot or even a coherent ending in sight, then I must agree that Heroes is second-rate to Lost.

Of course, you couldn’t get into the show from watching only 6 episodes. They made too much sense, and actually progressed forward. Almost as if there was a beginning, middle, and end. And being a Lost fan, that makes no sense to you. So please feel free to think yourself better having stuck with Lost. I tried, but the nonsense got to my delicate logic centers. You are made of sterner stuff than I.

Posted by: Vermillion at May 9, 2007 11:50 PM

I can’t even get past how the fat guy keeps getting FATTER, is there a buffet in of those island bunkers (or whatever they are called) or what? HOW CAN HE KEEP GETTING FATTER!?!?!

Posted by: BarbadoSlim at May 10, 2007 10:50 AM

To all the Lost naysayers, last night’s episode KICKED FREAKIN’ ASS! You’re short changing yourself by assuming that it is a lost cause and not watching it. (Ha! Coudn’t help the pun.) I definitely see where the story line is going, and some big time questions are being answered in a way that continues to evolve the story. Lost is one of the best things to happen to TV in a long time, and I’m sticking to that.

As for The Office, it’s the only show that leaves me wanting more when it’s over. I’m torn over whether or not it should be an hour. It would satisfy my gut level addiction, but it might leave me hungrier in the long run.

Thanks for posting the season finales. I never keep up on when they are happening.

Posted by: katy at May 10, 2007 2:28 PM

I enjoyed Alias, but I tried watching “Lost” when it aired and on DVD, and no dice kids, no dice at all. That show is bo-ring.

Posted by: The Stew at May 10, 2007 4:47 PM

Can’t say I’m sorry to see the end of the Gilmore Girls. Those chicks talk WAY too fast. Whenever I’m subjected to that show I just want to slap them around.

Years back, two DJs from a radio station here in Australia had a Gilmore-ometer. They would play a 30 second clip from the show, and people called in to guess how many words had been spoken. They were clocked at about 100-120 words a minute.

I guess I’ve just had enough of white, skinny, rich, neurotic women on TV. That goes for you too, Grey’s Anatomy.

Posted by: WhinyDancer at May 11, 2007 1:02 AM

i will admit(without any shame) that i am sad over the ending of gilmore girls, yet at the same time, celebrate it. this season was so horrible that i knew it could only get worse if it continued on another season.

but i have to agree with some of the above posters. lauren graham NEEDS an award. she was the only one who made this season BARELY watchable. i was so upset that they snubbed her at the emmys this year. i just don’t want this to be the last we see of her.

Posted by: cris at May 11, 2007 1:12 AM

“It had a few good seasons, but when you base a show on someone in high school, you have to be ready to recognize that it won’t last 7 seasons.

Posted by: WestCoastPat at May 9, 2007 11:09 AM”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, anyone?
(Although, I grant you, not the best of examples, as the high school years were a hell of alot better than the “I-have-an-annoying-sister-who’s-a-ball-of-energy-and-I-died-but-came-back-to-fight-the-First” years)

Posted by: kdm at May 11, 2007 2:32 PM

Please tell me if you think Andy Barker,P.I. will survive. Tell me that Conan has way more than enough juice to insure that show gets a fair chance. It has everything; intelligence, class, style, and heart. There is more than enough reason for every conceivable demographic to watch it, and Richter’s intensely mannered and disciplined yet somehow simultaneously natural and effusive acting is a minor marvel whether passing or failing.

Posted by: Lee at May 12, 2007 8:05 AM

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