Just because my brain's still not functioning properly enough to do longer posts most of the time (last night's "Lost" review was fueled by special medicine and The Killers' "Spaceman" on an endless loop), time for a bit of link-blogging:
• My friend Phil ponders where Joaquin Phoenix's bizarre Letterman appearance ranks among all-time classic Letterman guest meltdowns, including Farrah Fawcett, Madonna and, of course, Crispin Glover. Phil has embedded video for all, and what strikes me about the Phoenix bit is how hard Dave was working to turn it back into a real interview, and yet Phoenix wouldn't (or couldn't) take the bait.
• In a discussion of the rejuvenated ratings for this season of "The Bachelor," Linda Holmes suggests the explanation is simple: people don't like watching reality TV jerks as much as reality TV producers seem to think. I've largely managed to avoid watching "The Bachelor" in all its iterations, but goodness knows I gave up on lots of other reality franchises ("The Apprentice," most notably) when they became too obsessed with finding the next Omarosa.
• Ausiello says that Alex O'Laughlin will be doing a guest appearance on "Criminal Minds." I look forward to all the "Moonlight" fans protesting when his character isn't promoted to a regular -- especially if/when one of them compares herself to Rosa Parks.