Before we get into it...Happy Halloween! It bums me out that I live in a place where no trick or treaters dare roam (Seriously, I have no idea why that is.), but this is one of my favorite days of the year anyway. I hope you and yours have a great time today!
Now, for the "old" programs portion of the TV Report Card...
THE AMAZING RACE: By this time during every race, I can tell the partners apart—I know their names down cold. So why is it that I still have no idea who half the same-gender teams are? Nonetheless, I love that they’ve taken away that moronic lose-your-money-and-beg-it-back penalty for non-elimination legs. And since I’m a softie: go Cho Brothers!!! (NOTE: Since I've been "out of the loop" for a few days due to visitors, I haven't seen Sunday night's episode yet. If the Cho bros got eliminated, I'm going to be bummed.)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Better than last year, but still…meh. The only storyline that interests me is Bree’s, but only because Andrew has come back and I don’t know if my sudden liking of him is wise.
PRISON BREAK: This season is even more preposterous than the last, and that’s saying something. The plot twists come every few seconds, it seems, so they’re not even surprising any more. And they’re so jaw-droppingly dopey sometimes that I feel myself getting emotionally disconnected from Hottie, Michael Scofield. I do not want this to happen! I want to root for Hottie! I like that Hottie feels bad about setting T-Bag loose on the world, but I don’t like that Agent Mahone turned out to be a meanie. We’ll see where this goes.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: There’ve been too many things happening for me to blog about DANCING this season, but let me just say that I’m floored by the level of competition right now. These last few installments are going to be highly entertaining, brought to you by some stars who are really committed and talented. I know Mario is amazing, but my heart is rooting for Emmitt Smith.
VERONICA MARS: Now, I’ve already blogged about one of the best programs on TV, so are you watching it? Please? The ratings are still in the basement, and I fear for VM. It’s smart, fast, engaging, and wonderful, with a father-daughter relationship that’ll make you laugh while it makes you go “awww.” It’s interesting that such a seemingly cynical heroine is capable of making a viewer do that. So watch…please???
NIP/TUCK: I do miss the pre-revelation Carver days. That mask was spooky, but I have to say that this whole urban-legend-innards-stealing plot is working pretty well. The show is still as crazy as ever, and I’m totally with it, even if it has officially become porno TV. I would be ashamed if I weren’t so fascinated.
AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: I totally got sucked into it. Don’t ask me how. Why am I so wildly entertained by a competition in which sucking in your cheeks and striking blue steel at a camera is considered high art? It’s so sincere in its cheesiness that I find this to be somehow cool.
LOST: I still love this show and will give it as many opportunities as it takes to compel me again, but I’m finding that I don’t rush to the TV to watch it recently. Yikes. It feels like the urgency has gone out of it, and I have to say that every time it focuses on Sawyer and Kate I want to snooze off. There are high points, like the recycled Desmond and the promise of returning to the staple characters lingering back at camp, so I’m still a fan. And I still have faith in one of the best shows on TV.
TOP CHEF: This fulfills my cooking fantasies, and it’s just as engaging as PROJECT RUNWAY. I love that the cheftestants are all highly capable, and their creativity and talent absolutely stun me. And it makes me appreciate the irony of my sitting in front of the tube with nachos while things like Foo-foo pate topped with cilantro, jalapeno, and mango dazzles the judges.
SMALLVILLE: Can’t comment right now because I’m taping season six until I can catch up on DVD. Right now, I’m at the end of season four. Lana is still trying my patience, you all.
MY NAME IS EARL: Still laughing. Not much else to say besides that.
THE OFFICE: Weirdly enough, I’m not ticked off that Pam and Jim are separated. I’m finding it very interesting that Jim has found a sort of Pam substitute in his new office while Pam and Ryan showed hints of possibility during the name-that-tragic-movie scene the other week....
GREY’S ANATOMY: The love is still strong here, too. Though Meredith still bugs, I’m super happy that McSteamy is hanging around again, even though he is a slut. And who knew that Dr. Just-Montgomery-Now would become one of my faves? What happened there?
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: All right—all I can say about this is that if you aren’t watching it, you are missing out. Rent the previous seasons’ DVDs and catch up. This is a show that takes balls-out chances that pay off, and if you think you’d never be emotionally wrung out by a “space program,” you’re dead wrong. I can’t believe a show is this good.