When The TVJ returned to the fold (following an extended vacation basking in the sun and surf on Oahu), it was decided that to sum up the past year in a column highlighting “The Best of…” was the way to return. In the first installment, The TVJ gives you the “Best of the New Shows of 2012-2013.”
Memo to: Oprah…still haven’t watched the final shows…oh wait, don’t care! What the TVJ does care about is Anderson Cooper’s new show and Rosie's new show. Stay tuned!
The TVJ’s daytime wish has come true!!! No, not the fact that “AMC” and “OLTL” have been saved from the guillotine (SPOILER: due to contract negotiations, “AMC” will begin in January after a break, and “OLTL” will make the transition without a break…maybe), or that the spectacular Constance Towers is back on “General Hospital” as Helena Cassadine, but the fact that the two most annoying characters, not only on “GH,” but probably in all of daytime, are gone.
Memo to: “Law & Order: SVU” – BRAVO!!! for the return of Stephanie March and Diane Neal as Alexandra Cabot and Casey Novak, the show’s best ADA’s evah! In addition, long-time “L&O:SVU” fans can now fill the void left by the departing Chris Meloni and the paring-down of Mariska Hargitay, with the addition of Kelli Giddish (“Chase”) and Danny Pino (“Cold Case”) as a set of new partners. If you remember correctly, it was the TVJ who put it out there in the universe for someone to pick up on Giddish and give her a role worthy of her talents. Looks like Dick Wolf was listening.
Memo to: Oprah…let me get this right…you’re being honored at the Daytime Emmy Awards by everyone under the sun, from Celine to Ellen to the Academy itself and you’re not there? ‘Scuse me? Well, Miss Thing, the TVJ has not watched the last three episodes of your show. Apparently, Duane Reade ran out of insulin, so the marathon will have to wait until they re-up. Perhaps, in the fall. Or…not.
Favorite New Shows: Drama is split between “The Event” and “Hawaii Five-O.” Love “Five-50!” Although The TVJ must confess to not being a die-hard fan of the original, but this redo, which easily could have gone south, has proven to be a winner and reason enough to move to Hawai’i. And how adorable is Scott Caan? “The Event,” which was just cancelled, was getting really interesting. Laura Innes in ANYTHING has the TVJ’s attention. But, alas, the TV-powers-that-be didn’t see it that way. Hopefully a wrap-up made-for-TV-movie will let us know if Earth survives the onslaught. As for comedies, although the TVJ adores “Mike & Molly the TVJ’s new fave sit-com is “Happy Endings” (more on this show next week), which might just be THE show to pick up where “Friends” left off. The writing is snappy, hilarious and so true-to-life, as are the characters, that the TVJ has to give this show the thumbs up!
Memo to: BRIAN FRONS & ABC...The return of the “TV Junkie” is in direct proportion to the stupidity shown by both Brian Frons (head of ABC Daytime – or what’s left of it!) and the powers that be at ABC who were cold and heartless enough to cancel, not one, but two of daytime’s finest dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The TVJ grew up with “The Secret Storm,” “Search for Tomorrow,” “Young Dr. Malone” and “Edge of Night,” watching the latter with my mother, on the first day it was broadcast. The TVJ scheduled college classes around “All My Children” and “One Life to Life,” both as an undergrad in the late ‘60s, a grad student in the ‘70s and yes, even as a college professor who refused to teach ANYTHING between the hours of 1-3pm.
Memo to: “One Life to Live,” how could you have made Eli into a psycho? The TVJ loved this guy (and the sexy Matt Walton, whose evil side is wonderful!) and now he’s just another creep who Blair’s planning to marry. Poor Blair (the fabulously spectacular and underappreciated, not to mention stunning, Kassie DePaiva) marrying yet another loser. Hey Blair’s not THAT dumb! Give her a break. In fact, give all those Cramer women a break.
Memo to: The Emmy nominating committee…what are you guys thinking? “Big Bang Theory” is the best comedy on TV and NO EMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST COMEDY??? Whatever! At least Jim Parsons got a nomination as quirky geek-of-the-century Sheldon.