My picks for the Best of Everything Television 2009 - 'Chuck,' 'Dollhouse,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and more
I've made my list and I've checked it twice. Here are my picks for the Best of Everything Television for 2009:
Best Discovery: Enver Gjokaj as Victor on "Dollhouse." Let's hope he pops up on some other show very soon.
Best Brothers: Sam and Dean on "Supernatural"
Best reason to watch a show aimed at teens: "The Vampire Diaries"
Best worst reason to watch a show aimed at teens: "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Best proof that, sometimes, iconic TV characters should just remain a memory: Heather Locklear's return to "Melrose Place"
Best proof that, sometimes, iconic TV characters should NOT just remain a memory: George Clooney and Julianna Marguiles return to "ER" and give fans everything we could hope for - including that they are still very happy together.
Best kids on TV: Tie between "The Middle" and "Modern Family"
Best Reason to Go Back in Time: Tie for very different reasons "Lost" and "Being Erica"
Best Bizarre Dad: Walter on "Fringe"
Best TV surprise that I was still mad about: Three-way tie George was the John Doe patient on "Grey's Anatomy," Kutner commits suicide on "House" and Tony is really a bad guy on "24"
Best grandson: Matt Saracen on "Friday Night Lights"
Best Way to Say Goodbye: The season finale of "Monk"
Best Reason to Break Up with NBC: Abrupt cancellation of "My Name is Earl" and "Southland"
Best Reason to Forgive NBC: Yeah, I got nothing.
Best Wedding: Tie Jim and Pam on "The Office" and Ellie and Awesome on "Chuck"
Best Use of the Muppets: I love that this is how Kenneth sees the world on "30 Rock"
Best proof that there is still hope after a network cancels a show: TNT decides to air all completed episodes of "Southland" after NBC abruptly cancels it. Mark your calendars now for January 12 at 10 p.m. when TNT repeats the pilot with six minutes of never-before-seen footage.
Best finale that wasn't: "Scrubs"
Best reason for men to have long hair on TV: Tim Riggins on "Friday Night Lights"
Best proof that it's not always a bad thing when an actor needs time off: Katherine Heigel taking a break from "Grey's Anatomy."
Best proof that it is always a bad thing when an actor needs time off: "24" and Jack Bauer weren't the same when Chloe wasn't there.
Best Boss/Employee Relationship: Jack and Liz on "30 Rock"
Best story line even though I think the show isn't at the top of its game: The Michael Scott Paper Company on "The Office"
Best Bad TV Show: "Private Practice," as has been previously entered into evidence, I can't seem to stop watching.
Best Reason to subscribe to Showtime: "Nurse Jackie"
Best reason to stop speaking to ABC: The cancellation of "Eli Stone"
Best Proof That My First Instinct was Right: "The Jay Leno Show" is a complete failure.
Best reason to forgive ABC: Its new Wednesday night comedies
Best example that sometimes I should panic about a show before it airs: We all feared "Dollhouse" would be cancelled and it was.
Best proof that some characters are irreplaceable: The departure of Gil Grissom from "CSI"
Best Reason to subscribe to HBO: "True Blood"
Best Reason to subscribe to Lifetime: "Drop Dead Diva"
Best proof that sometimes it's good when a show switches networks: "Medium" moves from NBC to CBS. It still may not have the ratings, but at least it has the respect.
Best excuse to have a good cry: Juliet letting Sawyer's hand go on "Lost"
Best "Glee" number: I'm still partial to their first big number "Don't Stop Believin'"
Best Proof that sometimes characters you think you want together don't belong together: Robin and Barney on "How I Met Your Mother"
Best Proof that sometimes characters you think you want together DO belong together: Penny and Leonard on "The Big Bang Theory"
Best TV Show to Scare the Heck out of Parents: "Gossip Girl"
Best Most Understanding Husband: Max on "The United States of Tara"
Best reason to watch a mediocre show: Michael Vartan on "HawthoRNe"
Best student nurse: Zoey on "Nurse Jackie"
Best lawyer: Jane on "Drop Dead Diva"
Best Worst Place to Live: Mystic Falls ("The Vampire Diaries")
Best proof that sometimes it's bad when a show switches networks: "Project Runway" moves from Bravo to Lifetime
Best example of using montages to fill time: "One Tree Hill" which I swear has about 10 minutes of montage per episode
Best comedic duo: Marc and Amanda on "Ugly Betty"
Best Unlikely Superhero: Chuck on "Chuck." And I'm happy to report that I've seen the season premiere and even though Chuck Bartowski has undergone an upgrade, he's still delightful.
Best Partners: Mary and Marshall on "In Plain Sight"
Best best friend: Stacy on "Drop Dead Diva"
Best imitation of a cheap horror movie: The second season finale of "Private Practice"
Best Married Couple: Tie between Tami and Eric on "Friday Night Lights" and Brenda and Fritz on "The Closer"
That's my Best List. What's yours? Post your picks below.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
There was a familiar faces-a-poolza on "The Good Wife" this week. Michael Gladis was the ADA facing Alicia in court. He's Paul Kinsey on "Mad Men." Tony Goldwyn was the judge with a gambling problem. I always think of him as Carl in the movie "Ghost." Michael Boatman, Carter on "Spin City," was a lawyer in the firm helping Alicia with her case. Boatman can also been seen currently as Dr. Randolph Gregg on "Sherri." Dash Mihok was the detective Kalinda knew. I always remember him as Lynn on "Felicity." He'll be back in the January 5 episode of "The Good Wife."
Rebecca recognized Corey Reynolds, Sergeant Gabriel on "The Closer," as Navy Lieutenant Commander Aaban El-Sayad on "NCIS." Rebecca also caught Joe Regalbuto, Frank on "Murphy Brown," as the father of the dead naval officer.
Noreen and Keith were very excited to see Robert Romanus as the older version of the character who killed his best friend on "Cold Case." Romanus was Mike Damone in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and Natalie's boyfriend Snake on "The Facts of Life."
Dennis recognized Glenn Morshower as the sheriff on "Dollhouse." Morshower is my favorite Secret Service Agent Aaron Pierce on "24" (somewhere, in my mind, he and former First Lady Martha Logan are living happily ever after). Morshower was also Landry father on "Friday Night Lights."
Dennis also caught Melinda Page Hamilton as one of the bank robbers on "Bones." Hamilton was the real Mrs. Don Draper on "Mad Men." She was also Sister Mary Bernard, the one who clashed with Gabby, on "Desperate Housewives." She was also the teacher having an affair with one of her student in an episode of "Private Practice" that aired last spring.
Quote of the Week
"I am irrelevant. So this how old people and Blockbuster feel." Topher on "Dollhouse." Thanks to Dunkley, Katie, and Don for the quote.
What do you think are the Best TV Quotes and Best TV Moments of 2009? Don't forget to email me and let me know. That's all for today. I'm back on Monday with a list of my picks for the Best TV Moments of 2009? Write me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal