LOST: I’m still teary from thinking about “The Candidate” and the loss of one of my favorite couples and the loving manner in which their scenes were shot and edited. The Locke sideways story was also very moving and I loved the Locke/Jack scenes in the hospital and the Jack/Claire sideways scenes. The more I watch Kate, the less I think she’s going to make it to the very end and I’m not sure why I feel that way (not just because her name wasn’t on the list), I just do. I’m really curious to see how and where Sawyer will end up and if Jack will really stay on the island.
As we speed toward the LOST finale, ABC is turning the network over to LOST lock, stock and barrel on May 23 as all of their primetime and latenight programming will feature LOST: 7-9pm LOST: The Final Journey retrospective, 9-1130PM: the finale, and in latenight: Jimmy Kimmel’s show will host “ALOHA TO LOST.”
THE GOOD WIFE: Not one of my favorite episodes: the “Peter has left the building” and the ensuing goofiness with the alarm system guy was tiresome. The story with Will as the judge of the mock trial irritated me because the actress who played the ever-questioning student was very annoying and I didn’t buy that the two of them had any chemistry. I understand the story point of Will and Alicia deciding not to get together romantically but I love their scenes and I don’t care nearly as much about the rivalry between Alicia and Cary. Kalinda remains an intriguing character.
THE HILLS: I know it’s the show’s last season but my god, it’s a bore. Even the b–chy machinations of Kristin Cavalleri can’t save it. Audrina has zero personality – still. And Heidi and Spencer are just freaks of nature: her and her strange, oversize body parts and him and his encroaching mental breakdown. These people are just mindless shells of people.
THE CITY: I have to cheer Olivia Palermo because she’s allowed herself to be cast as the girl we love to hate and this week’s episode fed that fire plenty of fuel. From the look of the promo, the real nastiness between her and Whitney is in next week’s episode. I still really love that Whitney is under the protective wing of Kelly Cutrone and Kelly still calls ‘em as she sees ‘em and 90% of the time, Kelly is right.
GLEE: “Bad Reputation” was an ok episode. Can’t say I’m a fan of any of the songs in the episode but it was fun to hear them get the GLEE treatment and the Olivia Neutron Bomb video with Sue was cute too. The writing in this week’s episode was very on the nose, but that’s pretty much their pattern now.
MODERN FAMILY: The family is off to Hawaii as a surprise birthday gift for Yay, I mean Jay. They used LAX well as a setting for most of the episode, and I particularly enjoyed Manny’s run-in with airport security due to his name, Manny Delgado, being on the no-fly list. I still laugh at the thought of Manny saying to the airport agent, “I’m just a boy trying to bring style back to travel.” The other moment that cracked me up was the confessional with Mitchell and Cameron when Mitchell mocked Cameron for crying for five hours on a flight because he couldn’t get in to see BILLY ELLIOTT and Cameron did his best Billy impression while mourning the fact that he never got to be the dancer he wanted to be.
TOP CHEF MASTERS: WEDDING WARS: A much better episode than last week’s Cast and Crew installment. Things I learn from TOP CHEF: the chafing dish is the enemy of good food. For big events, the chef’s biggest problem seems to be figuring out which foods will still taste good after sitting in a chafing dish. This wedding challenge was no exception as some of the food (like the fish and the pasta) overcooked in the chafing dishes which hurt those particular chefs. Though I hate Susur Lee’s arrogance, I had to admit his dessert offerings were gorgeous and looked delectable too. My tastes lean toward comfort food so I wanted to sample everything chef Jonathan Waxman prepared. I enjoy the MASTERS episodes that make me hungriest; there’s definitely a direct correlation.
WHO IS DETLEF SCHREMPF?: OK, OK, I know who he is thanks to one of the guys I work with but I’m not sure how he wound up guesting in tonight’s PARKS AND REC “Telethon” episode. It doesn’t matter cause I’ll be watching anyway. The show is on a roll.
WORKIN’ FOR THE WEEKEND: New episodes of PARTY DOWN and REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER tomorrow night.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Betty White hosts SNL and an incredible roster of SNL vets are returning to work with White including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, and Rachel Dratch.
ABC: 8:00 p.m. FlashForward 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy 10:00 p.m. Private Practice
CBS: 8:00 p.m. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 9:00 p.m. CSI 10:00 p.m. The Mentalist
8:00 p.m. Community 8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation 9:00 p.m. The Office 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock 10:00 p.m. The Marriage Ref
Tonight is the much-anticipated paintball episode of COMMUNITY. It’s an homage to action films and if you haven’t been watching, you should know COMMUNITY has quickly become the show that does genre homage best. I can’t wait to see Abed save the day in tonight’s episode.
Basketball player Detlef Schrempf mixes it up with the PARKS AND REC gang tonight as he participates in a local Pawnee telethon Leslie puts together.
On THE OFFICE: Michael thinks his girlfriend is cheating on him so he hires Dwight to spy on her.
On 30 ROCK: It’s Mother’s Day madness at TGS as Jack’s mother (Elaine Stritch, one of my favorite broads of all time!), Liz’s mom (Anita Gillette), Jenna’s mom (Jan Hooks) and Tracy’s “mom” show up. Also guesting in the episode: Buzz Aldrin and Broadway great Patti Lupone.
Tonight’s guest judges on THE MARRIAGE REF: Gwyneth Paltrow and Greg Giraldo
FOX: 8:00 p.m. Bones 9:00 p.m. Fringe
Kathy Reichs, the author and the woman who inspired the character of Booth, wrote tonight’s episode of BONES, which has to do with Wicca.
Martha Plimpton guests in tonight’s episode of FRINGE.
THE CW: 8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries 9:00 p.m. Supernatural
A&E: First 48, Fugitive Chronicles
Bravo: 10PM: Real Housewives of New York
HBO: 8PM: Sergio (documentary)
“In August 2003, the dashing U.N. diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello was targeted by Al Qaeda terrorists in a truck bomb explosion. ‘Sergio’ chronicles the dramatic search and rescue attempt tonight at 8PM.”
The promo for this documentary intrigued me immediately because as the U.N.’s “go-to guy” and a fervent humanitarian, Sergio Vieira de Mello was very charismatic and well-liked and often referred to as a cross between James Bond and Bobby Kennedy. I will definitely watch this – probably this weekend.
History: 9pm: Modern Marvels, 10pm: Sliced
MTV: 10pm: Dudesons in America, Ultimate Parkour Challenge
Dudesons: Four Finnish friends arrive in America and in this episode, they try extreme sports. JACKASS goes Finnish?
That’s a wrap for now.