Tuesday, September 21, 2004

THE BOX - Premier Week

Seeing, that besides catching up on The Wire, Monday night is kind of a wash... so tonight introduces the cherry poppin' new season of TV.

What to watch?
Law & Order: SVU premiers at 10 p.m. on NBC tonight. The opener, Birthright, guest stars Lea Thompson as a mother who believes she has found her daughter that was kidnapped years ago. This is seemingly based on the Philadelphia case that hit the headlines earlier this year.


Also, without Buffy the Vampire Slayer or 24 to make Tuesday nights the best night of television, I might even watch Gilmore Girls, which I know will make someone over at DKME super jolly, if just for a moment.

Bring on the Pilots...

VERONICA MARS - UPN Tues. 9 p.m.

Okay, here's a peculiarity. Veronica Mars, the new teen angst ridden butt kicking blonde on UPN is bringing (or so I've heard) a little bit of Buffy spirit back to the UPN and on Tuesday night no less. The oddity, it premiers this week on Wednesday at 9 p.m. before taking over it's normal 9 p.m Tuesday night time slot next week. The good news, is according to TV Guide (for fellow L & O fans that will be otherwise occupied) is that VM's pilot is rerunning on MTV next Tuesday at 7 p.m. as a refresher. Now that that's out of the way, what's VM about? Appartently, Veronica has the perfect life until her best friend is murdered. Her mom splits, and her dad sets up a PI agency that she works at, that is when she's not a sassy teenager. Oddly (speaking of the Buffyverse) this sounds very much like Angel, minus the undead thingy... okay well only minorly like Angel. They character of Cordelia Chase has the perfect life until her parents get sent to a country club jail for tax evasion. She sets up a detective agency in LA to investigate the paranomal... granted vampires, demons, prophecies, gods, and evil lawyers make Angel & Cordi's story much more gothic (I'm assuming) than VM. Gee, I really can turn every conversation back to Angel or Arrested Development (buy them)... go figure. Anway, that's Veronica Mars. I will review next Wednesday.

Wednesdays:

LOST - ABC, Wed. 8 p.m.

Okay, here it is... the Uber premeir of the fall: LOST. Lost, as you might have heard, is the latest ABC cult concoction by J.J. Abrams. You might have heard of little show he also created called Alias. Hollywood insiders were apparently so impressed by Lost, it landed J. J. the honor of being the latest director on MI3. On another behind the scenes note, Lost has also reeled in David Fury, who wrote many episodes including, the 100th, of Angel. The cast is lead by Matthew Fox of Party of Five fame and Dominick Monaghan, a hobbit we all know and love, and filled out with Daniel Dae Kim (Angel, 24) and the much buzzed about Evangeline Lilly. That's just the beginning... I'm betting there will be many more break out performers in this ensamble cast. So, exactly what is Lost about? According to ABC, "Survivors of a mid-Pacific plane crash have landed on an island of harsh terrain, cruel weather and dark secrets, including a frightful creature that stalks the jungle. Strangers all, even those related by blood, the survivors' pasts — their ethics, religions, politics, and attitudes — threaten to jeopardize the group's ability to endure. " I'm hoping lost will prove that in primtime, a script is always better than "reality". These aren't your parents castaways.

Returning...

Rounding out the Primetime line up this Wednesday is the 2-hour 16th season premier of Law & Order with new detective Dennis Farina joining the revolving team. I'm sure this season will be no different and that L & O will live up to the bar set by itself and Homicide back in the early 90's.

Once the regular schedule sets in, I might tune into The Mountain (with Oliver Hudson) on the WB next week at 9 p.m.

Check back Thursday for more viewing suggestions for Thursday & Sunday and reviews.

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