Monday, March 05, 2007

Action Is His Reward

Fans of the popular "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m.) will get to see a familiar hero tonight.

The network will run a one-minute new preview of "Spider-Man 3" during the episode. After the episode is over, viewers will be able to log onto and check out a six-minute clip of the movie, assuming the average viewer can actually find the right spot on, no easy feat.

For the average "Heroes" viewer, this is just the cherry on top since the series is coming off its best episode in what has been an outstanding freshman season. Tonight, the plot leaps forward as we meet the mysterious mob boss Linderman (Malcolm McDowell), who seems to have a hand in everyone's life.

The only downside is that tonight marks the end of new "Heroes" episodes for about six weeks, after which NBC will wrap up the first season with five original episodes beginning in May.

Some upcoming hints for "Heroes" - one episode, centered around Hiro and Ando, takes place five years into the future. In addition, series creator Tim Kring said in an interview last week that Season 2 will take place with a different storyline, and while most of the heroes and villains introduced this season may be back, some won't be and will be replaced by other super-powered people.

ONE LONG DAY: For the half-dozen people upset at the early demise of the series "Daybreak," you're in luck. has posted all 13 episodes of the series online, which will feature some sort of resolution to what was one of the oddest and most confusing plotlines this season. ABC's Web site is much better than NBC's, so you should have an easier time watching these episodes if you are so inclined.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: The final episode of the freshman comedy "The Class" (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) airs tonight. Hopefully, it's just the last one of the season and not the last one ever. This series began with a huge bidding war among all the networks for the rights to the show, then was rather uneven during its first year. But there were enough good things at the end that I hope the show gets a second chance. It will be replaced by "The New Adventures of Old Christine" next week. The other CBS sitcoms are also new tonight.

Pres. Reynolds (Patricia Wettig) makes her return tonight on "Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m.), followed by more ex-Pres. Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin) on "24" at 9 p.m. Perhaps we could get a Reynolds-Logan showdown as to which President has a more convuluted conspiracy going.

Tonight also marks the second episode of the new mob series "The Black Donnellys" (NBC, 10 p.m.)


Zodin2008 said...

I am happy to see Reynolds (Patricia Wettig)'s return to "Prison Break" tonight though one can assume it's a 1 Time appearance only with her unfortunate commitment to the cheesy "Brothers and Sisters". I assume we may see her assassinated tonight, but this is all just a guess.

I found "The Class" unwatchable and we stopped after 2 episodes. I suppose it improved but some of the characters were so damn annoying though I heard the blonde classmate obssessed with her Gay ex-Prom date was thankfully dropped. Her acting was beyond crude and shrill.

As for "24", I hope it picks up steam with "Heroes" going away for 6 weeks, but I am getting sick & tired of a frightening growing trend with NBC shows.

"Heroes", along with "The Office" have apparently made the decision to move more and more deleted scenes with KEY plot points (like why wasn't Hana with Nuke Guy and Matt when they arrived at HRG's house?) to web only viewing. This is extremely uncool.

I already dedicate too much of my life to way too many series and I'm sorry, I am unwilling to wade through NBC's convoluted website to find key plot points. I found out from my friend Mac about 2 key plot points for "The Office" that were flipped to the website.

It's rather scary what NBC is doing with their shows because it could cause many of their fans to miss key things...I spent weeks asking questions about what happened to the character of Andy, but apparently, they let us know online. This is a very scary trend.

"Daybreak" stunk too much to warrant checking out the rest of their episodes.

Jonathan said...

I too hope "The Class" gets to come back for another season. I think while it's not a perfect sitcom it has gotten better each week to the point where it is at the least a well above average sitcom. It's a hell of a lot better than "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Two and a Half Men" which do much better in the ratings for whatever reason. And while I'm not sure about "Men" and "Christine," since I don't really watch them, I'm pretty sure "How I Met Your Mother" is a rerun tonight. It's the one where Allyson Hanagan moves in with Neil Patrick Harris. Like I said, could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that's what I saw on the website.

Zodin2008 said...

Yes, "mother" is a Re-Run, and I would also argue very easily that "Mother" is the only CBS sitcom worth watching. Obviously, some people like, "The Class", some like "Christine" and some like "Queens", but for my $, "Mother" is the only sitcom as funny as the team of NBC Comedies on Thursday.

If I had to rank the various comedies on Television, I would go like this:

1. The Office (NBC)
2. Ugly Betty (ABC)
3. 30 Rock (NBC)
4. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
5. Scrubs (NBC)
6. Entourage (HBO)
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
8. The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
9. My Name is Earl (NBC)
10. The Simpsons (Fox)

Of course, "The Daily Show" isn't a true sitcom, but in terms of Comedy, it's always working and the writing is brilliant, even if I don't agree with some of the politics of the show.

"Real Time with Bill Maher" is a show I actually like far more then "The Daily Show", but it's not a true comedy thoguh I certainly laugh hard during 'New Rules'.

And yes, I am sure someone wants to bring up "The Colbert Report" but I just don't think it's that funny. I like Colbert a 100X more as the senior correspondent on 'The Daily Show'.

Speaking of 'Daily Show' vets, I enjoyed the series premier of 'The Winner' (big Corrdry fan from Stewart's show) and though I haven't watched the 2nd episode yet, I am hopeful Fox finally has another show worth watching for comedy besides "The Simpsons".

Phillip Ramati said...

"Mother" is far and away the best sitcom of the night, and probably my second favorite after The Office.

But The Class has improved a lot since its debut and I think has earned another season.

Whether Ugly Betty counts as a sitcom is another matter, but in this case, I'm just looking at half-hour shows.

The Corddry show wasn't bad, but considering the glowing reviews it got, I was a little underwhelmed. Still, a lot of potential.

Zodin2008 said...

Among the new shows that have premiered in the last few weeks, I have now seen the first two episodes of "The Winner" and the premier of "Black Donnellys" & I am likely to give "The Winner" another week or two before making a final decision.

As for 'Donnellys', we watched the premier and have the 2nd episode recorded, but I so disliked the premier of this show, that neither of us has any desire to watch episode #2.

Phillip Ramati said...

The pilot for The Black Donnellys was up-and-down, but I thought there was enough there for another chance. But last night's episode just dragged on for me, so that's probably it.

Also, I'm informed that lots of people have had trouble downloading the Spider-Man clip off (big surprise). It's only supposed to be on the Web site for 24 hours, so I don't know what to tell you. The site generally works better with PCs than Macs, so if you have access to a PC with a high speed bandwith connection, give it a go.