The clock begins ticking on my TV New Year's Resolutions
Well, obviously, THAT's not going to happen for me any time soon. I don't even understand the objective. Watch less TV? What a blasphemous statement!
But I can still make my own TV New Year's resolutions like:
I resolve not to panic about Dollhouse before it even premieres: Yes I know FOX cancelled Firefly well before it's time. Yes I know that there have been the stops and starts in production. Yes I know the show is going to air on Friday night. But I'm not panicking. I've seen the pilot -- it's good, not great (there's a lot of exposition to cover) but it has potential and Sunnydale wasn't built in a day people. So I'm not panicking. I think the show is going to be all right, that FOX is going to give it a chance to find an audience and everything will be fine. Grrr . . . argh, look at me not panicking.
I further resolve not to panic about Privileged: Yes, it certainly does seem that many of my favorite new shows are often gone too soon (nope still not ready to talk about Eli Stone) but I have to believe that the CW sees the potential of Privileged and will renew the show for a second season. I was going to reslove to also not panic about Life on Mars, but really I'm going to need at least one show to be in a panic about.
I resolve that if I can't say anything nice about Grey's Anatomy, I won't say anything at all: As fascinating as I find the collapse of a show that once was at the epicenter of the pop-culture zeitgeist and as much as I can't believe that they have completely ruined one of the show's most beloved characters, I don't think I can spend any more time discussing the show's bizarre Izzie (Katherine Heigl)/Denny romance, the increasingly annoying characters (seriously is there a character more annoying than Sadie), or it's down right offensive take on same sex relationships. Therefore, the show is going to get the silent treatment from me in 2009 . . . beginning now. Yeah, I'm curious how long I'll be able to keep that resolution too. Anyone want to start a pool on that one?
I resolve to not scream "She cannot act" every time Robin Tunney comes on the screen during The Mentalist: Obviously, somebody thinks Tunney can act. She does keep getting work. I will instead focus on the positively delightful performance of Simon Baker.
I resolve to be open-minded about the House/Cuddy romance on House: As you know, I'm worried about this one, especially because Dr. House seems meaner than ever this season. But I'm going to give their little love affair a chance.
I resolve to not worry about when Jack is going to the bathroom, having a drink of water, or how he can travel across town in five minutes on 24: I'm so happy to have the show back, I'm just going to roll with the willing suspension of disbelief.
I resolve to continue to believe that Luke Perry will return to 90210: I honestly think I can make this one come true by the sheer force of my will.
I resolve to give the Heroes chapter entitled "Fugitives" a chance: Sure they said "Villains" would be better and it wasn't. But Bryan Fuller is returning to the series as a producer -- he was behind season one and I'm thinking he can return the show to its season one salad days. It could be the one good thing that results from Pushing Daisies being cancelled.
Those are some of my TV New Year's resolutions. What are yours? Do you have more resolutions for me? How long do you think I can keep these resolutions? Talk about it below.
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Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for December 29 -- January 4
Somehow I missed the episode when the Beek returned to the Creek on One Tree Hill. James Van Der Beek plays a director in this repeat Monday at 9 p.m. on the CW. I'll definitely be tuning in.
Picking are slim this week as most shows are in repeats, but you can catch a new episode of Eli Stone Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC. The good news is we will get some resolution to Eli's vision of Beth telling Nathan she can't marry him. The bad news is, we don't when ABC will air the remaining Eli Stone episodes. The new series Primetime: What Would You Do? premieres in this time slot next Tuesday, January 6.
It could be awhile until we see the next season of Project Runway (the show is tied up in a legal battle between Lifetime and Bravo), so you can relive Blayne and his delicious ways, Kenley's attitude and Suede's penchant to referring to himself in the third person in the season five marathon beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Bravo.
NBC is also burning off its new episodes of Lipstick Jungle. A new episode airs Friday at 9 p.m. and finds Victory proposing to Joe.
That's all for today. I'm back on Wednesday with new year's resolutions for TV characters. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you on Wednesday.