What Would You Do to Save Your Favorite Show?

February 28, 2008

Last year fans of Jericho set a precedent – the ability of fans to unite to save their favorite television series.  Since them Save Our Show campaigns have shown up everywhere.

Fans of Las Vegas are organizing Operation Baby Booty just to get NBC to recognize the need for a proper ending to the cliffhanger fans were left with when the show was abruptly cancelled at the end of the writer’s strike.

Friday Night Lights fans have launched a preemptive strike asking fellow viewers to send light bulbs to NBC to prevent cancellation.

Caveman enthusiasts even went so far as to ask supporters to send their own hair to ABC in an effort to keep the sitcom on the air.

As fans everywhere are racking their brains to come up with the wackiest campaign to save their favorite shows, I have to ask – what would you be willing to do to save your favorite show?  And which shows would you be willing to go the extra mile?


Valentine’s Day: The Best TV Couples

February 14, 2008

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I take a look at TV couples for shows airing this season (I’d say currently on TV, but with the strike we aren’t left with much but reality TV).  Here’s my rundown of the most romantic couples on TV today.

The TaylorsBest All Around Couple

Hands down, the best all around couple has to go to Eric and Tami Taylor (Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) of Friday Night Lights.  This pair has to be the most realistic, but yet madly in love with each other couple on TV. 

In two seasons, we’ve seen them fight and we’ve seen them make up.  We’ve watched as they’ve handled issues around career, parenting, sex, money and even in-laws as a couple.  Whether it’s their witty dialogue or the sweet way they look at each other, Mr. and Mrs. Coach are the couple to be.

Charlie and AmitaSmartest Couple

The combined IQ of Numbers’ Charlie Epps (David Krumholtz) and Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat) has got to be through the roof.  But even when they talk about their relationship is terms of simulations and game theory algorithms, this couple is too cute together. 

Amita seems to know just when to give math genius Charlie space to figure out his latest calculation.  And Charlie never seems to underestimate Amita’s talents and has gone the extra mile to support her career advancement even if it might strain the relationship.

Jimmy and ChloeYoung Love

Smallville’s Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) might have had a crush on Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his super hero ways, but I think she’s found her real match in Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore).  Together they are the perfect Daily Planet duo – an unrelenting reporter and her every faithful photographer.

What’s better than watching this pair tackle the news?  Watching them discover each other and their own feelings in their first real relationship.  Remember what it was like to be young and in love?

Honorable Mention:  It took the murder of a rapist to bring Friday Night Light’s Tyra Collette (Adrianne Palicki) and Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) together.  But bizarre plot twist aside, it’s been interesting to watch these two kids from different backgrounds find each other.

Angela and HodginsOddest Couple

If in the first season of Bones’ you told me that Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) would give Dr. Jack Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) a second look, let alone get engaged to him, I would have laughed you out of the room.

But as the romance began to kindle in the second season I couldn’t help but cheer for Hodgins in his relentless pursuit of Angela.  Then when they embarked on the adventure to find Angela’s long lost first husband (she needs to get a divorce in order to marry Hodgins) and I watched the depth of their love unfold, I knew that this couple, as odd a combination as they are, were meant to be.

Honorable Mention:  When Las Vegas Mike Cannon (James Lesure) and Piper Nielsen (Camille Guaty) got drunk and did the ultimate Vegas cliché – got married – I was shocked at the pairing since neither had showed a significant amount of interest in the other.  But I cheered when the two decided to forgo an annulment and give the marriage a shot. 

Chuck and LouI Can See Them Together Couple

When Rachel Bilson turned up on Chuck as deli owner Lou, I was very excited that Chuck (Zachary Levi) might actually have a chance at a real relationship for a change.  But alas, he’s still hung up on his handler Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski).

I continue to hold out hope that not only will Bilson return to resurrect her role as Lou, but that Chuck will finally realize that Sarah is not the right girl for him.

Honorable Mention:  The sexual tension between Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) is one of the reasons we tune into Bones each week.  But if the Christmas kiss is any indication of the depth of their attraction that we are in store for a great romance between the two some time in the future.

What’s your favorite TV couple past or present?

It’s Official, Tom Selleck heading to ‘Las Vegas’

May 11, 2007

NBC confirmed this week my earlier report that Tom Selleck will be joining the cast of the Friday night drama, Las Vegas, for its fifth season.

Tom Selleck and Courtney CoxWhen we left the series in March, current owner Sam (Vanessa Marcil), who by the way is trapped in a trunk and being kidnapped by a rich client, is about to lose the Montecito to back taxes.  Ed Deline (James Caan), president of the Montecito, wants to buy the casino but gets an ultimatum from his wife (Cheryl Ladd).  Oh did, I mention Ed was also busy killing Mary’s (Nikki Cox) molesting father?

Caan will reportedly be back for the first episode of Season 5 to wrap up the cliffhangers from the finale.  However, since we know neither he nor Cox will be staying for the new season, I’m guessing Ed’s plans to buy the Montecito go south.

Will Sam, once she’s saved, lose the hotel to taxes or sell it?  I don’t know, but Selleck will become the new owner.  A self-made billionaire, Selleck’s character comes with his own mysterious past.

This role marks Selleck’s return as a series regular in television show.  Since he’s days as Thomas Magnum on Magnum P.I., Selleck has focused on a film career — both on the big screen and in TV movies.  More recently, he had guest starring roles on Friends and Boston Legal.

No word yet on Cox’s replacement.  Along with Sam, Danny (Josh Duhamel), Delinda (Molly Sims) and Mike (James Lesure) will all be returning.

While I will really miss James Caan’s tough guy with a heart of gold on this series, I’m looking forward to seeing what storylines will come from the new characters.

Tom Selleck Might Be Returning to Primetime — Vegas Style

April 13, 2007

Tom Selleck, who has not been a series regular on a drama since Magnum P.I., might be returning to prime time.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Selleck is in talks with NBC to join the cast of Las Vegas in Season 5 as the new owner of the fictitious Montecito Resort & Casino — a dangerous position if you consider the history of his predecessors.

Tom SelleckIn the Season 4 finale, Sam Marquez (Vanessa Marcil), the current owner of the casino who is about to lose it to back taxes, has been kidnapped.  She acquired the Montecito when her ex-husband Casey Manning (Dean Cain) bequeathed it to her when he was murdered.  Manning had bought the casino after the previous owner Monica Mancuso (Lara Flynn Boyle) literally flew off the roof of the Montecito.

Despite the hazards associated with the role, Selleck should be an asset to the cast with the masculine charm he showcased in Magnum P.I.and the subtle humor that made him a hit in his guest role on NBC’s sitcom Friends.

Selleck will be one of two new characters added to the cast of Las Vegas for Season 5 to compensate for the lost of James Caan, who played the President of the Montecito Ed Deline, and Nikki Cox, who portrayed concierge Mary Connell.

Unfortunately, the storyline for how Ed and Mary are to depart the show is still not clear.  In the season finale, Mary, bent on revenge against the father who abused her, set out to shoot him.  But, unbeknown to Mary, Ed stealthily takes the shot at the same time she does.  If shooting a man isn’t enough, Ed had drama of his own.  While bidding to become owner of the Montecito, Ed receives an ultimatum from his wife (Cheryl Ladd) — the casino or her.

In true cliffhanger fashion, we know nothing on how this wraps up.  I’m hoping that at least part of the Season 5 opener was shot before Caan and Cox where released so that we can have closure on their characters.

I guess until the fall, I’ll just have to wonder.

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