CBS solved a problem for me this week. They cancelled Monday
night comedy ‘Partners’ due to weak ratings.
Why was this a problem for me? Frankly, I couldn’t decide if
I liked it or not.
I liked the talent involved with the show a great deal.
Sophia Bush portrayed my favorite ‘One Tree Hill’ character. David Krumholtz
stole my heart in ‘Numb3rs’ and Michael Urie has been interesting to follow
since his ‘Ugly Betty’ days.
The truth is, the one actor I wasn’t sold on – Brandon Routh
– turned out to be my favorite on the show. His wonderfully dimwitted Wyatt
actually stole every scene he was in with an understated delivery – something Urie
should look into.
Still, the show had issues. It revolved around a gay couple
that never held hands, had a scene in bed together or shared a kiss. That’s not
a couple, that’s roommates.
I’m hopeful that all the actors will go on and find new
projects that fit them better – and aren’t so stereotypical.
Which brings us to this week’s top entertainment moments:
5. Supernatural – Castiel is back! While I love the errant
angel, I miss his patented charm and unabashedly dour demeanor. The good things
about the episode included the return of Crowley and Tiger Mommy. I also liked
Castiel pointing out that Dean’s constant whining and guilt about leaving him
in Purgatory were unwarranted. He wanted to say. Castiel showed Dean what “really”
happened vs. the way Dean remembered it happening. This was a nice little
lesson on perspective for Dean. For a guy that is constantly attacking everyone
around him for not living up to his lofty standards, the realization that he’s
not always right couldn’t have come at a better time. Anyone else worried about
the warriors of Heaven “watching” Dean and Sam? That won’t end well.
4. Gossip Girl – This was probably the best episode of the
final season (so far). A pathetic Dan is still pining for Blair – even though she’s made
it clear she wants Chuck. Serena and Blair make up and then break up (again).
And Lily? I don’t know what’s wrong with her. So, the big event of the night
was obviously Serena and Dan’s sex tape going public. The tape made Dan realize
he would never have a shot with Blair. It made Blair realize Serena keeps
betraying her. It made Serena lose her “fiancé” and it made an irate Nate break
up with Sage, essentially telling her she may be of age but her antics were far
too high school for him. There are five episodes left, and in that time Chuck
has to take down Bart, Rufus has to realize Ivy is a snake, Lily has to die
(she isn’t redeemable anymore), Blair and Chuck have to become officially engaged
and Nate has to resolve his financial problems. That’s a lot to accomplish. Oh,
and we have to find out who Gossip Girl really is.
3. Parenthood – This show is so emotionally manipulative I
can barely stand it. Still, I was touched when Kristina deals with the fact
that her own mother is “too busy” to help her deal with chemotherapy. It’s the
mother-in-law that never thought she was good enough for her son that comes to
the rescue. Bonnie Bedelia and Monica Potter were riveting in the heartbreaking
scenes. I also loved Kristina bribing Max to keep quiet about her eating ice
cream and driving when she’s not supposed to. Her quiet moments with her
troubled son are always entertaining. As for Amber, I’m enjoying her new
romance. I’m just hoping the show doesn’t have her Army veteran boyfriend have
some PTSD attack and hurt her. I think that is beneath this great show.
2. American Horror Story – And Bloody Face is -- Dr. Thredson.
Huh. I love Zachary Quinto. His Sylar was pretty much the only character over
the entire run of Heroes that never got old for me. I also love his take on
Spock. He was one of my favorite characters in last season’s story on ‘American
Horror Story’ – I’m just not sure how I feel about the reveal. Quinto has the
acting chops to pull it off – don’t get me wrong – I just wasn’t that “thrilled”
with the reveal. Sarah Paulson’s Lana is in a whole mess of trouble. Anyone
think she’s got an uncomfortable, um, dentist visit in her near future? I’m
still not sure how I feel about the aliens either. I want to like ‘American
Horror Story’ and yet I can’t quite make that declaration.
1. The Walking Dead – This show just keeps getting better
and better. After last week’s shocking double death, this week ratchets up the
discomfort to a whole other level. First, in Woodbury, the creepy Governor
spends his days brushing his zombie daughter’s hair – while occasionally
ripping chunks of her scalp out. Then, at night, Woodbury hosts demented “fight
club” events, where the denizens of the town band together and essentially get
off on the barbaric tableau. It’s a nice commentary on the age old question: Who
are the real monsters? Those that kill and don’t know any better or those that
get off on the killing even though they do? Back at the prison, Rick goes on a
monster hunt of his own that results in him finding a very bloated walker –
that apparently ate Lori’s remains. Nice. The shock of the episode wasn’t Daryl
handling baby “Asskicker” like a pro, no, it was the waning seconds when a
despondent Rick answers a ringing phone. Who’s on the other end? The comics say
it’s Lori – and that Rick essentially goes crazy. I’m hoping for a different
Honorable mentions go
Partners – In its final week, I thought I’d give the show a
shout out for the hilarious scenes of Wyatt being the “super secretary” at the
office. Routh’s understated performance really was the best thing about the
Revolution – Nora realizes there’s family and then there’s “family”
when her biological sister betrays her and she’s forced to put her life on the
line for her pseudo family. Can we please get more Elizabeth Mitchell, though?
You’re totally wasting her.
Duck Dynasty – Jase “steals” Willie’s samurai sword and Si
accidentally breaks it. The duo try to have it fixed at a pawn shop and then
resort to welding it themselves. When a teenage Sadie pulls the sword out and
appears to break it, Si and Jase decide to let her take the fall. Willie can
smell a rat, though, and the truth comes out. This family wears me out – but always
Grey’s Anatomy – I know I said I was done watching this show
but I tuned in because the previews showed Christina returning to Seattle Grace
– and they were funny. The episode wasn’t really that good, but the scenes
between Christina and estranged husband Owen were powerful. I also liked Christina
and Alex being roommates at the end. While I love Christina and Owen, I’m up
for a little Christina and Alex action. They could be hot together.
Private Practice – The tired “mock documentary” plot is so
overused I’m over it. Still, Amelia’s “games” with the film crew were a
What do you think? What were this week’s top entertainment