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May 22nd, 2008

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Ah, season finales are finally finished on the shows I watch.



As Mary says, time to kill off some people. Such as Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) on CSI:, which hurts that show, and Horatio Caine (David Caruso) on CSI: Miami, which improves it greatly, although something tells me he'll be back. (My guess is that Mick St. John (Alex O'Laughlin) from Moonlight will appear and turn him into a vampire.) Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) was killed and Gibbs' team dispersed on NCIS, though I have a feeling they'll all be back a la House, which was shuttled around in different timeslots to accommodate Ameican Idol all season and forgotten. An as-yet-to-be-determined member or members of the BAU got blowed up real good last night on Criminal Minds, and Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) is speeding over the Throgs Neck Bridge (I think that's the one) while being held at gunpoint by a crazy man, which means that Wednesday night is the only one to get the concept of "cliff hanger" right.

And, let's see...Numb3rs has gotten more preachy and thus is a perfect companion for Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight on Friday night, which is to say that it's become as crappy as those two.

You know, we have On Demand, that plays all of these shows. Maybe we should watch them there and find something else to watch during the week...



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From:lourdesmont
Date:May 22nd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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I am royally pissed off at the CSI shows. I understand why they killed Warrick off - it was the actor's last season with the show. But could they not have found a better way? Could he not have finally had enough of all the crap and ridden off into the sunset - alive and well and ready for new challenges? And as far as CSI:MIami - I am ready for bloodshedding of my own to be done! If Ryan is involved in this in any way... some writers are not gonna have any fingers left to do the writing! It's bad enough that they offed one half of the group on Torchwood. It's bad enough that Marian literally gets skewered on Robin Hood but for these friggin' morons - on BOTH SIDES of the Atlantic! - to go and mess with the rest of the shows that I like to watch - now that I actually have the time to watch them - is NOT FAIR AND THEY NEED TO DIE!!!!

...i'm just saying...

Edited at 2008-05-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
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From:john_holton
Date:May 22nd, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure that Horatio is dead, unless David Caruso is in fact stupid enough to leave a successful show with no real prospects AGAIN. Still, the cast is too big to begin with; you could lose two, even three, members of the cast and improve it tremendously. You could say the same thing about CSI:NY; you could easily lose Sheldon Hawkes, Danny Messer and/or Lindsay Monroe (although I really hope not) and tighten up the series, though it's the strongest of the three IMO. I agree that they could have found a better way of handling Warrick's departure from CSI:. I thought he'd get pissed, toss his badge and gun on the table in the interrogation room and tell Grissom to screw himself, which, face it Grissom had coming to his ass after the way he treated Warrick this season.

We should write TV shows, you know?
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:May 22nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
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My hair stood straight up after NCIS.

As for Warrick, well, the last few seasons he'd gotten really whiney. It's obvious that *they* killed him so that there was no chance he could come back ever, even as a guest star (remember when they did that with Robinette on L&O?) I blame this past really crappy season on the writer's strike. And I hear that this season coming is the last one for CSI-LV

Let it be known here that I never got into any other of the CSI franchise, but I really DID try to like CSI-Miami. David Caruso made it impossible. I swear to God he went to the Jack Lord school of acting - where he learned to put on and remove his sun glasses with great emotion. One night when he removed them, I thought "Book 'em, Danno, murder one."

I liked Moonlight, never considered it preachy. Ghostwhisperer was fine the first and maybe second season it was on, but once they started with the "Is that bright white light over there meant for ME?" I stopped watching it.

There actually is very little on television, any more. Oh...Cold Case. I love Cold Case. Or...well,I did.

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From:john_holton
Date:May 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember them killing off Robinette. I know he had "switched sides", so to speak, but missed them killing him off. I haven't watched L&O in a long time, and judging from the episodes I saw this year, it was a wise decision. CI is the only one worth seeing anymore (I have seen a couple of episodes of SVU, and really hate it), and then only when Chris Noth is on (they should get rid of Vincent D'Onofrio and team Noth and Kathryn Erbe, even though that would leave the lovely and talented Alicia Witt out of a job).

The cast of the original CSI has been slowly making its departure, so it doesn't surprise me that next year might be its last. Miami would do well to reduce its cast by a couple, one being David Caruso, the other being Jonathan Togo and/or Eva LaRue (shame, because I like her, but there's definitely an overpopulation problem there and I'm using the LIFO method). NY could easily run with Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes, but I like the others too much, except that there are too many.

I don't think "Moonlight" is preachy; I just wouldn't mind seeing it gone, because I'm tired of vampire stories. "Ghost Whisperer" is a waste of Jay Mohr and Camryn Mannheim, both of whom should be working in comedy (Mohr is a comic, and Mannheim can be hilarious). That show is just too weird to start with, and not even Jennifer Love Hewitt's charms can save it. "Numb3rs" ran out of good story lines a couple of seasons ago and now it's just annoying and preachy.

I take it that "Cold Case" is departing the airwaves. I kind of liked it, as well as "Shark", although it was about to jump the shark.

I think they're going to find a way to bring back the team on NCIS, unless the actors are simply interested in moving on. Don Bellisario, the producer, is too smart to redo the whole show, although he almost tried to continue JAG with all new actors...
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:May 22nd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember them killing off Robinette. I know he had "switched sides", so to speak, but missed them killing him off.

My point exactly. Robinette came back after he 'switched sides'. That whole ep felt wrong wrong wrong. So, *Warrick* will never be able to do that, any more than they will bump into him doing something he 'shouldn't'.

Cold Case WILL be back. But that's begun to fall apart a bit, as well.

YOu get your wish about Jay Mohr. Project Gary will be on, on Tuesday nights after The New Adventures of Old Christine.

I'm slow to catch on. I didn't like JAG at first, but started watching it after one of my profs wrote a bunch of recommendation letters for various law students for the Judge Advocate General's Corps. I missed the first season of CSI (caught up later) and didn't like West Wing until after it'd been on awhile.

I would really like a GOOD vampire story. I never watched Buffy.



Edited at 2008-05-22 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From:john_holton
Date:May 22nd, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I felt bad that Richard Brooks and Dann Florek lost their jobs on L&O simply because the network wanted more female characters. They could have handled things a lot better than just dumping them. I think the show with Robinette was simply an attempt at a peace offering, as is Florek's part on SVU. NBC in general has its collective head up its collective backside as far as programming is concerned. Shows just disappear without so much as a by-your-leave (e.g. "Pretender", "The Profiler", and "Crossing Jordan") while others limp along far too long (e.g. "L&O" and "The West Wing", about which I have my own theory that, trust me, you do NOT want to hear). "JAG" was originally on NBC and was quite good, so naturally the brain surgeons at NBC canceled it, so it moved to CBS and was a huge hit, where it stayed on a couple of years too long and was a big hit.

I'm very happy that Jay Mohr is getting his own show, not quite so happy that "Old Christine" is coming back.

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