Friday, May 02, 2008

LiLo's Big Comeback?

TVGuide's Michael Ausiello is reporting that ABC's "Ugly Betty" is in talks to not only bring tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan aboard for the season finale, but for a good chunk of episodes next season. You can read about it here:

When I saw the headline, I immediately thought about the impact Britney Spears had on "How I Met Your Mother" - her appearance, though brief, drew the highest ratings to what turned out to be one of the best episodes of the season (not because of Brit, who was perfectly adequate for her small role, but for guest star Sarah Chalke, who turned in an Emmy-worthy guest performance).

"HIMYM" is returning with a second episode for both Spears and Chalke that will no doubt get a lot of buzz.

Clearly, "Ugly Betty" is hoping for a similar style ratings bump if it can land Lohan, who has become more infamous for her disastrous tabloid life than her acting. The difference, though, is that back in her pre-partying days, Lohan was actually a pretty decent actress, and with the right role (and her head on straight) could be so again. And with the paparazzi-inspired world of "Ugly Betty," she could be an inspired choice.

THURSDAY RECAP: When you have as much good TV as there is on Thursdays, staying up until 2 a.m. to watch it all is certainly worth the lack of sleep.

I'm running out of adjectives to describe how great "Lost" continues to be. I did have one thought about last night's episode that did worry me, so if you haven't seen it yet, be forewarned of spoilers.



****STILL HERE?****

OK. So one of the things my dad keeps asking me about this show is "Are they supposed to be dead?" I never presumed they were before, but after last night's episode, that possibility now looms.

Witness the conversation between Hurley and Jack in the future, where Hurley states he believes as much. When Jack disputes the argument, Hurley points out that Jack is living in what would be a heaven-like scenario for him - with Kate and Aaron, back to his old job as a top surgeon.

The part that worried me was the smoke detector scene, in which Jack hears the beeping of the smoke detector in the hallway - it sounded like the beeping of a heart monitor. Is Jack really in some sort of coma, and the smoke detector was some sort of subconscious effort to deal with the beeping? Perhaps Jack never woke up after Bernard gave him the ether.

As much as I love the series, I'd hate for there to be a big reveal where it was all someone's dream. We'll see.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The other unmissable series on TV for me right now continues to be "Battlestar Galactica" (Sci-Fi, 10 p.m.), which sees the return of the Cylon Leoben, who joins up with Starbuck's crew on the garbage scowl searching for Earth. And Tyrol continues his downward spiral, though the writers are going to be hard-pressed to come up with anything that matched the scene last week between him and Adama in the bar. It follows new episodes of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" at 8 p.m. and "Doctor Who" at 9 p.m.

CBS has an all-new night of "Ghost Whisperer" at 8 p.m., followed by "Moonlight" and "Numb3rs."

A new "Robin Hood" (BBC America, Sat., 9 p.m.) premieres Saturday.

On Sunday, "Masterpiece" (PBS, 9 p.m.) kicks off the three-part "Cranford," about life in an English village. The all-star cast is led by Oscar winner Judi Dench and is based upon the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.

"Cold Case" (CBS, 8 p.m.) wraps up its season, followed by two episodes of "Dexter" beginning at 9 p.m.

"The Simpsons" (Fox, 8 p.m.) kicks off Fox's animation lineup by having the family go to the Sundance Film Festival. The CW is also new, including "Everybody Hates Chris" at 8 p.m. and "Aliens In America" at 8:30 p.m.

"The Tudors" (Showtime, 9 p.m.) is also brand new.

Finally, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 9 p.m.) and "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 10 p.m.) continue to wind down their seasons.


Anonymous said...

If they were in heaven, Jack wouldn't be a drunk/pill popper, Hurley wouldn't be crazy, Hurley wouldn't be fat, Kate wouldn't be cheating on Jack by sleeping with Sawyer who secretly made it off the island but is not one of the Oceanic Six, Jin wouldn't have a gravesite he'd just be there along with everyone else unless he went to hell in which case he still wouldn't have a gravesite, and Aaron wouldn't be a demon baby.

In short, they are not dead.

zodin2008 said...

I've not seen "Lost" yet so I had to skip that part of your blog, sadly.

(nor will I look at what is a "Lost" related comment here).

I agree that Lohan is probably a better fit in the tabloid inspired world of "Ugly Betty", which is why it wasn't a distraction for the show to have "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano on last night. My wife, who's a "Runway" fan, I am sure thought Christian's performance was "fierce!"

"Battlestar" is the obvious good pick for tonight, but you failed to give "Moonlight" a mini plug, a show which is on the fence for next year.

Phillip Ramati said...

Maybe they aren't in heaven, but in hell. Jack ruining his life with Kate, Hurley locked up in the nuthouse, Sun having to live without Jin, Kate cheating on Jack with Sawyer - all sounds pretty hellish to me. Maybe that's why Jack is so eager to get back to the island at the end of season 3.

Jonathan said...

I was out of town for a few days, so I just saw this post. And while it's still very possible that we are being lied to, the producers of "Lost" have said repeatedly in interviews that they are not dead and this will all not be a dream. I just hope they didn't change their minds because I think that would be a little dissapointing.