Monday, February 13, 2006

Yankee swap

After hearing that ESPN had traded Al Michaels to NBC for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, I figured there was probably a good column in there somewhere. So today I suggested other inter-network trades, some serious, most not. Example:
The hatch on "Lost" to the WB for Chad Michael Murray: The hatch has been one plot device too many for the increasingly-convoluted "Lost." Imagine relocating it to "Gilmore Girls" -- wouldn't those Friday night family dinners be spiced up if you threw in an automatic weapons cache and a doomsday clock? And since "One Tree Hill" probably won't survive into the WB/UPN merged CW network, might as well let Murray fulfill his destiny as Gaby's new boytoy on "Desperate Housewives."
You can read the whole column here. Haven't watched "Grey's" yet, but "Battlestar Galactica" did a good job with the obligatory "Die Hard" rip-off episode. (And is it a sign that I'm getting old that I immediately thought "Die Hard," while most of the message board posts I've read are referencing "24"?) Dana Delany was great as the aggrieved hostage-taker (and did the credits people make a typo or has she started spelling her name Delaney?), and I liked that Starbuck's convenient presence on the ship didn't save the day, and actually made things worse. Sci-Fi sent me an advance copy of the Lucy Lawless episode that's airing in two weeks, and while I understand the next episode is stand-alone, I'm still trying to watch them in order, and the wait is killing me. It's like someone gave me a plate of brownies and said I couldn't have one until my birthday (which is in October).

Since there's nothing new on tonight and I'm boycotting the Olympics for as long as my bosses will let me, I'm saving "Grey's Anatomy" for this evening and will blog about it tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Have you watched "The Office" yet? What are you opinions?

Alan Sepinwall said...

Oh, yes. I did watch the rest of "Office" thanks to iTunes. A really strong episode, and another solid piece in the foundation of making Michael believably employed. Yes, he makes that mortifying video, but he also had the financial statements prepared to hand out, and he was able to talk himself and Jan out of trouble with the CFO.

One footnote: on the day I was on the set, the one scene I saw being filmed was Meredith passed out drunk at her desk. It went on much longer and had people discussing whether they should be doing anything to help her. Most of it got cut for time, unfortunately; Kate Flannery does a *very* funny passed-out drunk.