(S01E02) "I've gotta tell ya ... worst date ever." -- Jack to Kiersten as they're being held at gunpoint
Ever since I recapped the pilot episode of 'The Good Guys' a few weeks ago, I've been impatiently waiting for it to return. It's comical, it's different, and it's got the great pairing of Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. What more could a girl want? It's escapism TV at its best.
This episode had pretty much everything in terms of great lines, fast cars (even if they were sitting in a warehouse), hot girls and, of course, great chemistry between Jack and Dan. OK, so the stolen cars story was a little clichéd, but at least it led to some funny separation anxiety for Dan and the Trans Am, his own personal version of T&A.
Not a single epigram or aphorism mentions May Sweeps, when May pulls the curtain on the TV season that was, bringing many good things -- and plenty of crap things -- to an end.
Over the next 30 days or so, over 60 shows will say goodbye and leave the airwaves for an extended summer vacation, while others are saying a permanent goodbye. Once they go, TV will leave us with nothing but a smattering of viewing options. Faced with such a dearth -- especially once the hockey post-season is over -- my upstairs neighbors usually cancel their satellite subscription for the summer. Ay yai yai! This is crazy talk! I happen to share that satellite subscription with them and I now have to convince them that it's worth continuing to split the bill for the delight of a few summer series.
But look at what I have to work with:
Mondays, beginning June 7, will welcome the Tim Roth pyschic-cop drama 'Lie to Me' -- which has been on hiatus since December -- back to the lineup. The cult hit will be followed at 9PM by a new offering called 'Good Guys' (formerly 'Code 58'), a comedic drama starring Bradley Whitford ('West Wing') as a washed-up detective and Colin Hanks (Tom's kid) as a gung-ho young buck. The pilot, which delves into the wacky situations the new partners will face, will air before 'American Idol' on May 19 and then debut in its dedicated time slot three weeks later.
Previously called 'Jack and Dan,' the new cop series from Matt Nix (who also created USA Network's hit 'Burn Notice'), will also get two special previews right before the 'American Idol' results show on Wed., May 12 and May 19 at 8PM, before settling into its Monday night slot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks, who is the son of beloved Hollywood icon Tom Hanks, will play Jack, a straight-laced detective in the Los Angeles Police Department whose ambitions have been thwarted by his own mistakes. Whitford will play his new partner Dan, a loose cannon whose drinking and womanizing are only tolerated because of an act of heroism earlier in his career.
(S07E11) "Come back here. I command you." -- Monk to Natalie
Exactly what is the relationship between Adrian Monk and Natalie Teeger? Boss/employee? Colleagues? Friends? Family? For a nice change of pace, this episode was less about whodunit and why and more, about how Monk and Natalie make whatever it is between them work. It was also a strange show in terms of physical humor, sort of in the A Fish Called Wanda tradition, where pain equals laughs. For me, a little of that goes a long way.
However, the more important business was Monk and Natalie. She really proved her loyalty, integrity and grit. In an odd way, I think we saw qualities in her that Sharona wouldn't have displayed. I think she would have smacked Monk during this adventure, but more on that and the trip to the hospital and a very good guest turn by Bradley Whitford after the jump.
Just like Ari on HBO, Ari Emanuel is Hollywood's toughest agent and Endeavor Talent Agency is the tops in the business. Ari's brother Rahm has a reputation for being just as ambitious, aggressive and forceful. He likes to play hardball and has been known to twist arms and bust heads, metaphorically, to get things done.
It'll be a single-camera style comedy, telling the story of a veteran, once legendary police detective who has fallen on hard times. He's then paired up with a younger up-and-comer, a straight shooter, played by Malco.
This sounds like a somewhat familiar formula, so what will make or break this project is the chemistry and comic fireworks between the principals.
Either the following is an extraordinary coincidence, a homage to another NBC drama, or another plot rip-off by Aaron Sorkin. One of the storylines that is running through the remaining episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is the problem pregnancy of Danny Tripp's (Bradley Whitford) new fiance Jordan McDeere. When we last left Danny, he had learned that she was facing placenta accreta as well as disseminated intravascular coagulation (please don't ask me to explain what they are). And, while the doctor said not to worry there was quite a bit of concern.
Everybody got that? Good.
If you are avid readers of TV Squad you know that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is taking a little break. Okay, it may be taking a long break. All right, the next time we see it may be on the Brilliant But Cancelled website! Regardless of whether or not it returns to the NBC schedule (which is should, since it does have a full order) I am still rooting for the show. Not because of Aaron Sorkin, or the subject matter, or even for the walk-and-talks. I am rooting for Studio 60 to succeed due to one cast member . . . Sarah Paulson as Harriet Hayes.
Oh, wait a minute. That's for my 'The reason I'm NOT rooting for Studio 60' post. Who I meant to mention was Matt Perry as Matt Albie. Well, also Bradley Whitford as Danny Tripp, Amanda Peet as Jordan McDeere, D.L. Hughley as Simon Stiles, and pretty much everyone else on the cast except Harriet Hayes. But, mostly I'm rooting for Matt Perry.
Note to TV Squad's Bob Sassone: You said you would be jealous if Ryan Budke visited the set of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Well, Bob, let the jealousy flow because we have new video of Ryan's recent visit to the Studio 60 set.
In this second go-around, Ryan speaks with cast members Matthew Perry, Steven Weber, Amanda Peet, and Timothy Busfield on how hard it is to speak "Aaron-ese" on the show. He also talks to Perry and Bradley Whitford about the the relationship of their characters Matt Albie and Danny Tripp.
You can view the video after the jump.
I thought it was just me.
I've tried to get into Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip like I did with Aaron Sorkin's two other network creations . . . The West Wing and Sports Night. I wanted to like Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford in their roles as the saviors of a long-running, comedy sketch show. I really did. But, there's just something missing; a last piece of the puzzle that would make this show very enjoyable. However, I thought I was the only one who felt that way.
Fortunately, I'm not. Not only do many of you feel the same way, but we also have Robert Bianco, USA Today's television critic, in our court as well.
As to why the ratings are dropping, it's hard to say. The complaint I hear most about the show, both here and in other venues, is that the show within the show just isn't funny. We're reminded again and again that Matt is a brilliant writer, and Harriet is a comedic genius, but really haven't been shown that yet. The Holly Hunter impression was the only Harriet moment that I found really funny. The rest has varied from just OK to forgettable.
1. Lex, Lana, and General Zod love triangle: Forget Bryan Singer's not-too-bad film, forget the foul and execrable My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Smallville does comics right. And no ditzy bimbo sidekick for television's Lex Luthor, who appears to have won the heart of Clark's ex, Lana Lang, over the course of last season, and now he's possessed by the Superman II film villain, Zod. That's character development that movies, (even 2 hour 45 minute movies) just don't have time for. A Smallville cast addition: Jimmy Olsen? Who cares. And is that freckled goofball the best they can do as a love interest for adorable Chloe (Allison Mack)? Also, I'm thankful the suits passed on Aquaman. There's a reason Aquaman is the fake movie on Entourage -- the very idea is just ridiculous. A superhero should have powers that at least outweigh his weaknesses. (Has gills and the ability to bond with lobster and other entrees, but can't be out of water more than one hour?) Now, Justin Hartley is freed up to play Green Arrow on a Smallville arc. Come to think of it, cut Chloe a break and hook her up with Green Arrow.
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