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Characters I'm missing right now

by Erin Martell, posted May 15th 2008 1:23PM
Charlie DayThe writers' strike forced some of my favorite shows into an unexpected, summer-long hiatus and delayed the return of others. I'm grateful that shows like Lost still have new episodes, but the second half of this TV season hasn't felt the same. I especially miss the promising new series that were cut short.

It feels like other shows have been on hiatus forever. Flight of the Conchords was supposed to return this year, but had its premiere pushed back until 2009. I miss Bret, Jemaine, and their strange circle of friends. I've been wondering about the fates of several absent characters lately. So many storylines were left unresolved.

Here's a short list of some of the faces I can't wait to see again:

Murray Hewitt, Flight of the Conchords - I love all of the characters from this show, but Murray's mix of desperation and formality makes him completely lovable. No one wears a pair of shorts like Murray, either. The image of his pasty white legs kept me laughing for a long time. Murray had a rare stoke of luck at the end of season one, but there's no way his success will last. It can't--he's at his best when he's dealing with failure. He belongs with Bret and Jemaine, struggling to get them free soup as compensation for a gig. I'm dying to find out if (and how) Murray reunites with the band.

Susie Greene, Curb Your Enthusiasm -
I'm not always a fan of profanity on TV, but Susie Essman makes it an art form in her portrayal of Susie Greene. One of the best scenes from the season six finale was the argument between Susie, Loretta, and Larry. Susie's always good for a tirade, whether the target is Larry or her husband, Jeff. I think about Susie anytime I want to get in touch with my anger. If the rumors about an upcoming seventh season are true, I want to see a rematch between Susie and Loretta.

Charlie Kelly, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Nobody yells like Charlie Kelly. He's one of the most unstable characters on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and that's saying something. Charlie's poor literacy skills, a running joke on the show, cost the gang their bar last season. I can't wait to see how they get it back, and what kind of schemes he and Frank get involved in. Danny DeVito and Charlie Day make a great pair, mainly because of their nearly identical deranged looks. Every season of It's Always Sunny feels way too short, but I'll take as much of Charlie as I can get. I just hope he keeps up his songwriting.

Olive Snook, Pushing Daisies - Ned is in love with Chuck, but Olive stole my heart in the first season of Pushing Daisies. She sings a song when the moment takes her, gets to the bottom of things, and has an adorable haircut to boot. Her name is even fun to say. Try saying "Olive Snook" without smiling a little; I dare you. I was heartbroken when I learned that there wouldn't be any new episodes of the show until fall. Pushing Daisies was the most charming new show of the year, and its season ended abruptly. Viewers were introduced to a vivid, magical world and cruelly dropped back into reality. I'd like to revisit that world soon.

Clark the Driver, Dirty Sexy Money
- Clark is one of those wonderful minor characters that always leave you wanting more. He'll pop up every once in a while to deliver a clever line and retreat into the background. As a loyal Darling family employee, Clark is privy to the Darlings' drunken ramblings and is occasionally an accomplice in their bad behavior. He's a lot like Nick George, but without the law degree. It's almost as fun watching Clark react to the Darlings' craziness as it is watching the craziness itself. Shawn Michael Patrick had better be on the show when it returns in the fall.

Which characters do you miss the most?

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Toby OB

Even though Jeremy Sisto is on TV each week as Detective Lupo, I miss his character of Knapp from 'Kidnapped'. (And his assistant as well - it was nice to see her reunited with him on a recent 'Law & Order'.)

But from those shows which are still viable, just gone for awhile:

Sam Axe, 'Burn Notice'
PJ Franklin, 'My Boys'
Lt. Provenza, 'The Closer'
SARAH, the smart house, 'Eureka'
Andie, 'Kyle XY'
Cameron, 'Sarah Connor Chronicles'

There are a few others, all from 'Lost', who have a shot at coming back if this season's first episode is any indication:
Boone
Shannon
and more of
Tom
Libby
and of course,
Charlie!

Bring on the Whispering Ghosts!

May 17 2008 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jordancda

HRG!

And Charlie Kelly. He's just about my favorite actor in a comedy ever.

Your list is spot on though. I would pretty much have the exact same people. Oh how I miss Sunny.

Oh, I WOULD add Sarah Silverman though.

May 16 2008 at 3:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

apart from the last 2, spot on! i really miss those guys.

May 16 2008 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca

I miss the whole gang at Torchwood and I'm really going to miss Tosh and Owen.

May 16 2008 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spencer Gardner

the MONARCH! and Dr. Girlfriend. (Venture Bros)
Garth Marenghi and Dean Learner (Darkplace and Man to Man) ...release USA dvd region please!
Sylar! (Heroes)
Teyla (though Atlantis is coming back next month, yay!

May 15 2008 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

- Burn notice cast
- Charlie form life
- Shane for the shield, only to watch him die in a horrible, disturbin, gory death

May 15 2008 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

My List

Charlie from Life,

the whole cast of Chuck,

Vic Mackie from the Shield (is it wrong that I want him to win and still be a cop when the show ends)

I also miss the entire four-some from Pushing Daisies (although Chuck is my least favorite of the four)

May 15 2008 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John D\'arc

uh, didn't they get the bar back in the end? the homeless guy won it for the guys.

May 15 2008 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

Jake Green and Robert Hawkins and that cocksucker Al Swearingen.

May 15 2008 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cindy

what about still standing and the class. two funny great shows. and still standing is not even on video. pisses me off. and now back to you is canceled

May 15 2008 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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