Fall TV Premiere Schedule

September 11, 2008

I remember a time when the fall premieres last a week, maybe two.  Nowadays, the premieres go on for a couple months.  If you are like me it’s very hard to keep track of when your favorite shows return, let alone when the new shows start airing.

So in an effort to make your TV viewing pleasure easier, I’ve compiled a list of the premiere dates from various sources including TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine.  Hope this helps you find your favorites – new and old.

Thursday, September 11

8 p.m.
Hole in the Wall on Fox

9 p.m.
Kitchen Nightmares on Fox

Friday, September 12

9 p.m.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics! on Fox

Saturday, September 13

11 p.m.
Mad TV on Fox

11:35 p.m.
Saturday Night Live on NBC

Tuesday, September 14

9 p.m.
House on Fox

Thursday, September 18

8 p.m.
Survivor: Gabon on CBS
Smallville on CW

9 p.m.
Supernatural on CW

Sunday, September 21

7 p.m.
In Harm’s Way on CW

8 p.m.
Valentine on CW

9 p.m.
Easy Money on CW

Monday, September 22

8 p.m.
Dancing with the Stars on ABC
The Big Bang Theory on CBS

8:30 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother on CBS

9 p.m.
Heroes on NBC
Two and a Half Men on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Worst Week on CBS

10 p.m.
Boston Legal on ABC
CSI: Miami on CBS

Tuesday, September 23

8 p.m.
Opportunity Knocks on ABC
NCIS on CBS

9 p.m.
The Mentalist on CBS

10 p.m.
Without a Trace on CBS
Law & Order:SVU on NBC

Wednesday, September 24

8 p.m.
New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS
Knight Rider on NBC

8:30 p.m.
Gary Unmarried on CBS

9 p.m.
Criminal Minds on CBS

10 p.m.
CSI: New York on CBS
Lipstick Jungle on NBC

Thursday, September 25

8 p.m.
Ugly Betty on ABC
My Name is Earl on NBC

9 p.m.
Grey’s Anatomy on ABC
The Office on NBC

10 p.m.
ER on NBC

Sunday, September 28

7 p.m.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC

8 p.m.
Amazing Race 13 on CBS
The Simpsons on FOX

8:30 p.m.
King of Hill on Fox

9 p.m.
Desperate Housewives on ABC
Cold Case on CBS
Family Guy on Fox
Dexter on Showtime

9:30 p.m.
American Dad on Fox

10 p.m.
Brothers & Sisters on ABC
The Unit on CBS
Californication on Showtime

Monday, September 29

8 p.m.
Chuck on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on NBC (airs Monday and Fridays through Oct. 10 and moves to Fridays)

Wednesday, October 1

8 p.m.
Pushing Daisies on ABC
Friday Night Lights on DirecTV (doesn’t return to NBC on Fridays until midseason)

9 p.m.
Private Practice on ABC

10 p.m.
Dirty Sexy Money on ABC

Friday, October 3

8 p.m.
Wife Swap on ABC
Ghost Whisperer on CBS
Everybody Hates Chris on CW

8:30 p.m.
The Game on CW

9 p.m.
Supernanny on ABC
The Ex List on CBS

10 p.m.
Numbers on CBS

Monday, October 6

9:30 p.m.
Samantha Who? on ABC

Thursday, October 9

8:30 p.m.
Kath & Kim on NBC

9 p.m.
CSI on CBS

9:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday on NBC

10 p.m.
Life on Mars on ABC
Eleventh Hour on CBS

Friday, October 10

10 p.m.
The Starter Wife on USA

Monday, October 13

10 p.m.
My Own Worst Enemy on NBC

Tuesday, October 14

10 p.m.
Eli Stone on ABC

Friday, October 17

8 p.m.
Crusoe on NBC

Wednesday, October 29

9 p.m.
Stylista on CW

Thursday, October 30

9:30 p.m.
30 Rock on NBC

Sunday, November 2

7:30 p.m.
Surviving Suburbia on CW

Already Premiered

Sunday
True Blood on HBO at 9 p.m.
Entourage on HBO at 10 p.m.

Monday
Gossip Girl on CW at 8 p.m.
Prison Break on Fox at 9 p.m.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox at 8 p.m.
One Tree Hill on CW at 9 p.m.
Raising the Bar on TNT at10 p.m.

Tuesdays
90210 on CW at 8 p.m.
The Biggest Loser: Families on NBC at 8 p.m.
Fringe on Fox at 9 p.m.
Greek on ABC Family at 9 p.m.
Privileged on CW at 9 p.m.
The Shield on FX at 10 p.m.

Wednesday
Bones on Fox at 8 p.m.
America’s Next Top Model on CW at 8 p.m.
Deal or No Deal on NBC at 9 p.m.
 ‘Til Death on Fox at 9 p.m.
Do Not Disturb on Fox at 9:30 p.m.

Friday
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader on Fox at 8 p.m.

What show are you most looking forward to returning?  Supernatural and Chuck tops my list.


Your Favorite Shows Are Finally Back, How Did You Survive?

April 8, 2008

Normally April brings warm showers and the first signs of spring.  But it’s bitterly cold and dreary here.  But nonetheless, I’m singing like a bird.  Because this April marks the return of our favorite television shows after a much too long hiatus brought on by the writer’s strike.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m doing a little happy dance (no video of said dance will be included) because finally television as we know is returning.  And even the threat of an actor’s strike will not overshadow my joy this month.

But in all honesty, I found plenty to do in the absence of my favorite shows.  I cleared off my DVR (it is now primed and ready for the April onslaught of shows), I watched BBC America (who knew I’d like British dramas), I read and read some more (including books on my favorite shows like Supernatural and Heroes), I’ve had plenty of field trips with my kids to museums and parks, and I’ve caught up on last summer’s blockbusters on DVD.

In fact, I’ve enjoyed a little break from my TV set.  But the break is over and I happily welcome the return of my shows.

Here’s a breakdown of the returning shows (source:  TV Guide):

Mondays:

8 p.m.

The Big Bang Theory on CBS, Returned March 17

Bones on Fox, Returns April 14

Gossip Girl on CW, Returns April 21

8:30 p.m.

How I Met Your Mother on CBS, Returned March 17

9 p.m.

Two and a Half Men on CBS, Returned March 17

House on Fox, Returns April 28

9:30 p.m.

Samantha Who? On ABC, Returned April 7

Rules of Engagement on CBS, Returns April 14

10 p.m.

CSI Miami on CBS, Returned March 24

Tuesdays:

 

8 p.m.

NCIS on CBS, Returns April 8

9 p.m.

Shark on CBS, Returns April 29

10 p.m.

Boston Legal on ABC, Returns April 8

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC, Returns April 14

Women’s Murder Club on ABC, Returns April 29

Wednesdays:

8 p.m.

‘Til Death on Fox, Returns April 15

8:30 p.m.

Back to You on Fox, Returns April 16

9 p.m.

Criminal Minds on CBS, Returned April 2

10 p.m.

CSI:NY on CBS, Returned on April 2

Law & Order on NBC, Returns April 23

Thursday:

8 p.m.

My Name is Earl on NBC, Returned April 3

Smallville on CW, Returns April 17

Ugly Betty on ABC, Returns April 24

8:30 p.m.

30 Rock on NBC, Returns April 10

9 p.m.

CSI on CBS, Returned April 3

The Office on NBC, Returns April 10

Supernatural on CW, Returns April 24

Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, Returns April 24

9:30 p.m.

Scrubs on NBC, Returns April 10

10 p.m.

Without a Trace on CBS, Returned April 3

ER on NBC, Returns April 10

Lost on ABC, Returns April 24

Friday:

8 p.m.

Ghost Whisperer on CBS, Returned April 4

9 p.m.

Moonlight on CBS, Returns April 25

10 p.m.

Numbe3rs on CBS, Returned April 4

Sunday:

8:30 p.m.

Aliens in America on CW, Returns April 27

9 p.m.

The Game on CW, Returned March 23

Cold Case on CBS, Returned March 30

Desperate Housewives on ABC, Returns April 13

10 p.m.

Brothers & Sisters on ABC, Returns on April 20

The schedule looks a bit thin, but I think we will all take what we can get.  Mondays and Thursdays seem to be the nights that will pack the biggest punch.

How did you survive the strike?  What returning show are you looking forward to the most?


Robin Sparkle Fans, Get Your Own Tour T-Shirt

July 23, 2007

If you were like me, a fan of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, then you laughed hysterically at the “Slap Bet” episode.  Now, you can have a memento to remember that very episode.

Glarkware is now offering Robin Sparkles Mall Tour shirts that say “Let’s Go to the Mall” with a list of Canadian Malls on the back.

Robin Sparkles Tour ShirtIf you remember the episode, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Marshall (Jason Segal) find out that Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) has a secret, one that keeps her from going to the mall.  Barney, ever the pure of mind, thinks she’s a porn star while Marshall simply thinks she’s married.  The two enter a slap bet over the matter.

 I’m not sure what’s funnier, the etiquette of the slap bet or Robin’s secret — a pop star in Canada named Robin Sparkles that sang about going to the mall.  Apparently the ’80s came to our northern neighbor a decade late.  Need a laugh, check out the music video.  Or watch the entire episode again. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to order your Robin Sparkles t-shirt.  I’ll be telling my husband where to buy me one.  And then let’s all go to the mall!


My Top 15 Cult Shows

July 3, 2007

On Friday, TVguide.com released an updated list of its Top 30 Cult Shows ever.  In honor of the list, I’ve compiled my own Top 15 cult shows — these are the top cult shows that I’ve personally flipped out for.

I didn’t feel like I could include LostHeroes or Bones on this list because they seemed too mainstream for me. 

Here’s my Top 15 list:

15. Star Trek — I grew up on the original series.  Scotty was always my favorite character.  I’ve seen all the subsequent series and all the movies. 

14.  Torchwood — Who doesn’t love Captain Jack Harkness?  I was so happy when they gave him his own series.

13.  Doctor Who — I don’t remember the older versions of this franchise, but the latest rendition is absolutely great.

12.  Psych — Dule Hill and James Roday keep me in stitches with their fake psychic business and buddy friendship.

11.  Monk — The escapades of USA’s favorite obsessive-compulsive detective are enough to make anyone feel normal by comparison.

10. Quantum Leap — I had a little crush on Scott Bakula and wouldn’t miss an episode of his time traveling adventures.

9.  Friday Night Lights — You don’t have to love football to fall for the witty dialogue and great stories in this drama.

8.  How I Met Your Mother — One word.  Barney.  He makes this show.

7.  Eureka — You’ve just got to love this quirky little town of the brightest minds.

6.  Battlestar Galactica — I barely remember the original, but the current version has me on the edge of my seat.

5.  X-Files — My husband introduced this series to me when we were dating.  We spent many Friday nights during our courtship curled up on the couch watch Scully and Mulder unravel a case.  For that reason, this series will always have a special place in my heart. 

4.  Firefly — Joss Whedon has me begging for more exploits of Mal and the crew of the Serenity.  A single season of this space cowboy adventure was not enough.  Thank goodness for the movie and the comics. 

3.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s original television series kept me hooked all seven seasons and further if you count the comics.   I loved to tune in each week to watch Buffy and the Scooby Gang save the world.

2.  Angel — David Boreanaz is very easy on the eyes.  I loved to watch the brooding vampire with a soul team up with Cordelia, Wes, Gunn and others to save the innocent.  I even have the puppet Angel from “Smile Time.”

1.  Supernatural — Currently my favorite show, I love to watch the good-looking brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padelecki) battle urban legends and things that go bump in the night while driving the beautiful 1967 black Chevy Impala. 

So now it’s your turn.  What’s on your list?


Six Shows Worth Catching in Reruns the Summer

June 2, 2007

Since the summer months are filled with reruns on television, you might as well take advantage of the repeats to try out some existing shows that you didn’t get a chance to watch this year.

Here are shows I recommend checking out this summer if you aren’t already watching: (Note: Show times are in EST)

Supernatural — Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CW
Check out this story of two brothers — Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padelecki) — as they travel across the country saving people from things that go bump in the night — urban legends that turn out to be real and deadly.  My favorite series, this show combines the dark and eerie with some witty, if not sarcastic, dialogue and humorous pop culture references.  Did I mention the brothers drive a very cool black 1967 Chevy Impala?

How I Met Your Mother — Mondays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS
The only sitcom I watched this season, How I Met Your Mother kept me in stitches this year.  The story is about how Ted (Josh Radnor) meets the mother of his children, but the real stars of the show are the ultimate wingman Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and the cute, but funny couple of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel).

Bones — Fridays at 8 p.m. on Fox
One of the few Fox shows left that are worth watching, Bones follows sexy Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and his partner Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) as they solve some very cool, but usually older murder cases from what is left of the remains (usually just bones).

Friday Night Lights — Sundays at 9 p.m. on NBC
This freshman drama is based on the movie by the same name, but let me tell you that the TV series is hands above the movie.  Follow High School Football Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and the Panthers through the season and their quest for a state title.  But if you aren’t into Texas football, don’t worry there is plenty of drama to keep you entertained.  Personally, I tune in for the witty dialogue between Taylor and his wife (Connie Britton).

Smallville — Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CW 
Follow the escapades of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he comes into his Superman powers.  Also in the series are young versions of Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and Lois Lane (Erica Durance).  The episodes with Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), aka The Green Arrow, and the formation of the Justice League will leave you wanting more.

Numbers — Fridays at 10 p.m. on CBS
This series had one of the best season finales in my opinion.  Tune in to see FBI agent Don Epps (Rob Morrow) and his math whiz brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) solve cases using Don’s gut and Charlie’s math.  A nice break from the serial dramas, Numbers has a nice blend of fun characters and cool intriguing crimes.

I’d also encourage you to check out Heroes, but since I don’t think they are showing the entire season in repeats over the summer, I’d suggest picking it up on DVD.

Personally, I’ll be catching up on CSI, King of Queens, and possibly Desperate Housewives this summer since I missed them during the year.  What do you recommend for summer viewing?


Top 10 Season Finales I Can’t Wait to Watch

May 10, 2007

Season finales are all about climax, closure and cliffhangers.  However, this season I feel like several shows have been building towards the season finale all year long.  Others, in a more traditional fashion, will leave us hanging until the fall.  Here are the Top 10 season finales that I’ll be scheduling time on the couch for and queuing the DVR.  **Be forewarned the text below might contain some spoilers.**

Supernatural:  “All Hell Breaks Loose”
Dean and SamIn this two-part finale, the Winchester boys are once again facing the yellow-eyed demon (Frederic Lehne).  We’ve been leading up to this moment since this big bad took their father earlier in the season.  After last season’s battle in the finale we knew it was just a matter of time before Dean (Jensen Ackles)  and Sam (Jared Padalecki) came face to face with their nemesis again. 

Throughout this season, the boys have met others, like Sam, that are being targeted by the yellow-eyed demon, during the finale we’ll see a couple of them again, including Ava (Katharine Isabelle) from Episode 10 “Hunted” and Andy (Gabriel Tigerman) from Episode 5 “Simon Said.”  We’ll also meet a few more, such as Jake (Aldis Hodge) and Lilly (Jessica Harmon), when Sam is abducted by the yellow-eyed demon and brought to an abandoned town to begin the big battle to end the human race.

Separated from Sam, Dean enlists help from fellow hunters Bobby (Jim Beaver) and Ash (Chad Lindberg) to save his brother and stop the demon.  But who is really on the Winchester brothers’ sides?  And who will betray them in the end?

If that isn’t enough action for you, both Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Samantha Smith will be on hand to reprise their roles as Dean and Sam’s parents, John and Mary Winchester.  How exactly two dead people will be in the finale episode opens up even more questions.  What really happened to Mama Winchester mom?  And is John truly dead?

It’ll be an exciting two hours.  And if this show doesn’t get picked up for a third season, we’ll know the yellow-eyed demon got to someone at CW.  The first part airs on Thursday, May  10 with the final hours hitting the screen on May 17.

Heroes: “How to Stop an Exploding Man”
This series has been building towards this “explosive” finale since the first episode.  As an audience, we are starting to see the pieces fall in place as the various heroes converge on New York to either stop or assure the success of an exploding man.  In my opinion, I think we are going to be seeing where some loyalties lie.

For instance, I still haven’t figured out where Angela Petrelli’s (Cristina Rose) allegiance are.  I’m pretty sure that she and her husband were once a part of Linderman’s justice league-type organization, but she doesn’t seem to relish those days.  So why would she allow her son Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) to buy into Linderman’s plan?  Does she see something in those premonition dreams she has that we don’t know about?  Or does the truth we learn about Nathan and Peter’s father in “Landslide” play a role?

I have a feeling that the older generation of heroes will play a big part in this finale and that we haven’t seen everyone’s powers yet.  We know that Hiro’s dad will return, with a few surprises of his own, to help Hiro (Masi Oka) in “Landslide.”  We know at one time Kaito Nakamura (George Takei) worked with Linderman, but is he still?

I also hear also haven’t seen the last of Simon Deveaux (Tawny Cypress) or her father, Charles (Richard Roundtree), a former patient of Peter (Milo Ventimiglia).  My guess is that it isn’t a coincidence that so much has happened on the top of the Deveaux Building.

Will they stop the exploding man?  Will it be Peter?  Will Hiro kill Sylar (Zachary Quinto) or will someone else?  Or does Sylar live?  Will Bennett (Jack Coleman) and company be able to destroy the Walker system when they realize it’s a little girl?  Or did Bennett already know?  

Need to catch up on a few episodes, check out the Heroes marathon on Sci Fi on May 19 or for a sneak preview checkout the TV Guide Channel Special “Heroes:  Final Super Secrets on May 15 at 8 p.m.

I can’t wait to find out these answers and more when the finale airs on May 21.  Not to mention, I am on the edge of my seat to find out what is in store for next season.  Let’s just hope it’s minus the long breaks between chapters. 

How I Met Your Mother:  “Something Blue”
One of the few sitcoms I watch, this show has kept me in stitches all season.  In “Something Borrowed,” we saw Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) finally say their I Dos.  And Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) learn that the phrase “It’s for the Bride” will get him almost anything.  Now, the finale is all about the reception.

Or is it about the secret that Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have?  A secret that will send Barney into a frenzy to find out.  I hear the secret involves free champagne and an engagement ring.  Could we finally get a hint at the elusive mother from the title?

Here’s another fun show that needs to be renewed.  Characters like these are golden and will be missed after the finale airs on May 14.

Bones: “The Stargazer in the Puddle”
If sexy Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) and his partner Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) aren’t enough to get you to tune into this drama, check out the cool murder cases.  Of course, the season finale will include one of the stranger cases when Bones and company try to identify the remains of a female.  But there’s conflicting data about the person’s age — like 60+ years difference.

And despite Angela’s (Michaela Conlin) refusal of Hodgins’ (T.J. Thyne) proposal in “Spaceman in the Crater,” the pair came to an agreement about their future in “The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House.”  Therefore, there will be a wedding in the finale, complete with an appearance of Angela’s dad (Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top).  But will Angela make it down the aisle?

Likewise, Angela’s dad will not be the only father in the finale.  Bones’ dad, Max (Ryan O’Neal) returns with more information about Brennan’s past including a 1993 video of her mother.  What revelations does Max bring?  Why would Booth come to blows with him?

We’ll have to wait until the finale airs on May 16 to find out.

Smallville: “Phantom”
Clark and LanaOur favorite superhero’s epic battle with arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) will finally come to a head in the sixth season closer.  But the biggest news is that at least one person is going to die during this episode.

According to E!Online, the big death will be one of the four main characters — Clark (Tom Welling), Lex, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) or Chloe (Allison Mack).  Well since I know the Smallville will have at least one more season, I can’t see the producers killing off Clark or Lex.  That leaves Lana or Chloe.  I hope it’s Lana.  Since she’s started dating Lex, I can’t stand Lana.  Gone is the sweet girl next door, replaced by a conniving witch.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not against villains.  In fact I love to hate Lex and am impressed at how they transformed Lex from Clark’s friend to his rival.  But watching Lana grates my last nerve.

Hopefully, Chloe won’t be the victim.  In the beginning I didn’t care for her character, but over the last couple years she’s really grown on me, especially since she found her own beau, photographer Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  Besides, we finally get to find out what her meteor freak power is in this episode.  I hear that she’ll have something in common with someone over at Heroes and that Lois (Erica Durance) is key to the manifestation of this power.

Aside from rounding up the last of the escapees from the Phantom Zone, Clark will be busy tracking down Lionel (John Glover) when he finds out how he blackmailed Lana into marrying Lex.

This finale, which airs May 17, has cliffhanger written all over it.   

Lost:  “Through the Looking Glass”
I personally have been satisfied happy with the flow of this series in the second half of this season.  The producers have dealt out quite a few answers lately.  But some fans (me) are never quite satisfied and are always hungry for more answers.  The finale should dish out a few more answers, if not a couple of deaths.

We’ve been teased with the idea of a rescue from Naomi (Marsha Thomason) and her cohorts.  But since we just learned that Lost will have three more season, I’m going out on a limb here and saying the castaways will not be rescued. ;-P  On a side note, I think it’s great that we now have an end date for the series.  I can now sigh a little relief knowing that the answers will come by 2010 and that I’ll get some closure without an unexpected cancellation (you can’t tell that I’m still bitter about Drive).

Since I’ve learned that just when I think I understand Lost, it throws me a curveball, I won’t even guess at the finale.  But I hear there’s a big smack down between Jack (Mathew Fox) and at least one other castaway that might divide the residents on the beach.  And of course, expect another showdown with the Others.  Hopefully, it’ll come with some more answers about Dharma Initiative.

Need a Lost refresher, check out “Lost: The Answers” on ABC on May 17 at 10:07 p.m. before the two-hour finale airs on May 23.  Get your fix while you can, I hear that Lost won’t return until January 2008 with an uninterrupted run a la 24.

Grey’s Anatomy:  “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” 
Grey’s AnatomyThis medical drama with a very hot cast is expected to finish its third season with lots of surgery and lots of sex.  Relationships on all fronts seem to have juicy tidbits this episode.

With the pilot for Private Practice out of the way, we are back to life at Seattle Grace where the interns are finishing their first year by getting the results of their big exams.  I hear one didn’t do so well.  We also find out who is the new chief.  Just a guess, but I don’t think Addison (Kate Walsh) got it.

I am personally looking forward to seeing Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Burke (Isaiah Washington) head down the aisle.  Cristina, who often gets the best lines, should be a riot in the big traditional wedding the mothers have planned.  The big question is if the will actually go through it.  And if not, who calls it quits?

Speaking of marriage, Callie (Sara Ramirez) and George (T.R. Knight) are suppose to come to some resolution about theirs.  Jane Doe/Ava (Elizabeth Reaser) will find out she is married.  But why hasn’t dear hubby been looking for her?

And although I don’t know if she turns up in the finale, I hear McDreamy’s new friend from the bar (Chyler Leigh) in “Testing 1-2-3” will be back next season.   Yeah, just what we need — more drama for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey).  I’m actually ready for them to move on.

This cliffhanger airs May 17.

Numbers:  “The Janus List”
This drama has been a nice break from all the serial dramas I watch.  The fun characters and intrigue are more than enough to entertainment when I can’t understand the math — and I’m not bad a math.  The third season promises to close with a lot of action.

I’m not clear on the details of the finale, but I hear it involves poison, a mad bomber on a bridge, a CIA cover-up (or is it a FBI secret) and a distressed Megan (Diane Farr) is back from her mystery assignment.

Hopefully we’ll have time to dive into the brothers personal lives too.  I’d really like to see Charlie (David Krumholtz) and Amita (Navi Ramat) move their relationship to the next level.  I know that he’s a little short on social skills, but geez Charlie, make a move already.  Non-committal brother, Don (Rob Morrow) also needs a little personal time.

Catch the Epps brothers in action in the season ender on May 18.

NCIS:  “Angel of Death”
Normally full of self-contained episodes, NCIS has had several storylines that have played out through the whole season all full of secrets.  This finale promises to unravel these secrets.

What will happen to the team when these secrets are revealed?  With the future of the series up for grabs, I hope they wrap up the storylines on May 22 rather than leave us with a huge cliffhanger.

Price is Right: “Million Dollar Spectacular”
You can stop laughing now.  I love The Price is Right, much to my husband’s chagrin.  My college roommate and I used to plan our classes so that we could meet back in our dorm for lunch and our dose of TPIR.  We always talked about heading to California for spring break one year so we could be contestants on TPIR.  We didn’t make it, but it was fun to dream.

Bob Barker, 83, is the ultimate game show host, the host by which all others are measured.  So I think it’s only appropriate that after 35-years, they give him on a proper send off on prime time. 

Catch Barker’s last call “to come on down” on May 16.  And for you die hard fans, you can take in the tribute “Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on Television” on May 17.


C’mon down Barney, You’re the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right’

May 1, 2007

Tonight’s episode of How I Met Your Mother combined two of my favorite things — Barney and The Price is Right — for a full half hour of laughs.

As Lilly (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) countdown the final two weeks until there nuptials, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is training for his turn as a contestant on the mother of all game shows, The Price is Right.  When his friends remarked that they didn’t know that he was fan of TPIR, Barney replied:

“TPIR is not just an indescribable hour of television.  It’s a microcosm of our entire economic system.  A capitalist utopia.”

barneyontpir2.jpgI couldn’t have said it any better.  But despite Barney’s soliloquy on all things great about TPRI, we later learn why the overachiever is stressing about being a contestant.  He’ll be meeting his father.  Yes, Barney thinks his father is Bob Barker.

I’m not sure what was funnier — Barney practicing his pricing skills with Lilly’s wedding registry, Barney practicing his run from his seat to stage through Ted’s (Josh Radnor) apartment while Ted works on his best man’s speech, Barney practicing his wheel spinning skills on a bicycle tire or Barney’s detailed plan to win the Showcase Showdown and then announce to Bob Barker live on TV that he’s Barker’s son!

On second thought, Barney’s interaction with Bob Barker, who guest starred as himself, takes the cake.  All suited up, Barney is a blend of cockiness at his pricing abilities and a timid child grasping for any of bit of praise from “his dad.”  In the end, Barney wins the showcase, but settles for no more than a hug from Bob.  Barney says he wants to spare “Bob” the shock of learning the reality he’s known if not true. 

Either way, Barney and Bob are both winners in my book.

(photo courtesy of tvguide.com)