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Wednesday Night Open Chat
2007-09-26 16:39
by Jon Weisman

The big competition at 9 p.m. Wednesday's kicks off for real tonight, with Private Practice and Bionic Woman premiering opposite Criminal Minds and Gossip Girl. Dirty Sexy Money and Life also hit the airwaves at 10 p.m. Pushing Daisies doesn't debut until next week.

Update: I started watching the second Back to You, and I'm not finishing it. Too stale and forced.

2007-09-26 18:18:44
1.   Bob Timmermann
I think Greg Brock and I will disagree sharply over "Private Practice."

That show had one of the worst pilots ever conceived.

2007-09-26 23:35:49
2.   Andrew Shimmin
I watched Kitchen Nightmares. It was very good; lots of cockroaches. I don't expect I'll watch it again, since this was probably the best one (nobody else sued over it), but it hit the spot. Back when I read the L.A. Times, my favorite part was always the Health Department's restaurant closing notices.
2007-09-27 06:48:54
3.   Penarol1916
1. Of what little I saw of it, I will have to agree with you. Wednesday night will probably be a TV free night until the kids are asleep this fall.
2007-09-27 09:25:09
4.   D4P
I've never heard of "Private Practice". Please tell me it's not another doctor/hospital related show...
2007-09-27 09:51:50
5.   Andrew Shimmin
4- "A spin-off of the medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy'..."

2007-09-27 09:54:52
6.   D4P
Ugh. Just when I think they can't possibly make any more hospital or cop or lawyer or investigator shows, they throw another one at us.

Are we really that stupid?

2007-09-27 10:10:08
7.   Bob Timmermann
It's like "Grey's Anatomy" except it's stripped of any redeeming qualities.

I watched the pilot that was not a pilot according to its creators and I was horrified. The storylines ranged from banal to idiotic.

2007-09-27 10:42:52
8.   Jon Weisman
Poor D4P. So naive. As if Private Practice were the only new hospital, cop or lawyer show.
2007-09-27 10:45:55
9.   D4P
2007-09-27 11:03:42
10.   bhsportsguy
I was just talking to a co-worker and I was saying that the best first episode of a series was the first episode of Miami Vice, it introduce the characters, the villain, but also the style, the use of music and fashion, it was really great and made Friday nights at 10, appointment television.
2007-09-27 11:28:19
11.   Bob Timmermann
I read that "Nashville" got canceled. I didn't even know there was a series called "Nashville."
2007-09-27 11:46:37
12.   Penarol1916
8. Poor Tim Daly, that show was so bad, I don't think it will survive. If it weren't for Tony Shalhoub, I'd start mentioning a "Wings" curse for shows that don't last past the first season (or did Ned & Stacy last more than one season?)
2007-09-27 12:23:07
13.   Kevin Lewis
I have officially given up on Heroes. I imagine I am the last to do so (naive hope)
2007-09-27 12:59:51
14.   D4P
"Wings" was a great show. Ned & Stacy didn't last long enough.
2007-09-27 13:36:02
15.   Penarol1916
14. Are you being sarcastic? I don't think I've ever heard anyone refer to Wings as great.
2007-09-27 13:49:34
16.   D4P
Not sarcastic. Maybe "great" is excessive, but I really liked "Wings". Lowell and Roy and Faye were good for a lot of laughs.
2007-09-27 13:53:45
17.   dzzrtRatt
saw 10 minute of "Dirty Sexy Money."

Hard to believe the network saw something good in this overbroad, stereotyped exercise in character-actor mugging.

I am working on a thought: "Law and Order" has destroyed series television (for the good). Every possible series topic has been done better as a single Law and Order (or SVU or CI) episode. Want to make fun of rich people? There are at least 20 Law and Order episodes that did it better than "Dirty Sexy Money." Dysfunctional marriages? I've seen far more risque stuff on L&O than "Just Tell Me You Love Me."

Unless it's a really out-there topic (Flight of the Conchords, Big Love) or a story set in the past (Mad Men, Deadwood), Law and Order has probably already done it and better than anyone else will.

Just a theory at this point.

2007-09-27 14:02:52
18.   Penarol1916
16. I always thought of it as an under-rated show, every once in a while there would be a very funny episode, the best quite possibly the introduction of that annoying old man who always manipulates them, but usually more solid than not.
2007-09-27 14:18:20
19.   D4P
I don't remember the annoying old man.
2007-09-27 15:54:57
20.   Jon Weisman
I liked Wings a lot at the start. Like a number of shows, it faded over time.

The annoying old man was the actor from Prizzi's Honor, William Hickey (, but I always thought his episodes were among the worst.

2007-09-28 10:11:46
21.   Kevin Lewis
I liked Wings in small doses, usually during the summer and on at 10am rerun slot.

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