Desperate Housewives, 24, Lost, and American Idol all ended this week, so my network television-viewing season is over. Maybe I’ll now read more books or actually go outside.
My report card:
It was inevitable that actor Roger Bart (Bree’s pharmacist friend) signed on as next season’s villain. That will make for some interesting twists. On the whole, Desperate Housewives was a fresh show that was somewhat over-rated. I think it received media attention because the media likes shows about pretty women, especially when the shows have sexy titles. The negative: all of the characters were one-dimensional and there was an uneven mix of comedy, drama, and mystery wrapped in a phony suburban setting. The positive: It was a fun twist on the soap opera genre that will become better as the characters develop. Teri Hatcher was also pretty adorable as Susan. I liked her daughter, too.
Score: A –
24 has been my favorite show for the last four seasons, but I must admit, it lost its focus this year. One of the problems was that Jack Bauer was less interesting than half of the other characters, including Chloe, Edgar, Tony, Michelle, David Palmer, Novick, and even President Logan. It’s nice that Kiefer Sutherland is so generous with his co-stars (especially when he is an executive producer), but he was upstaged in every episode. His relationship with Audrey was fairly blah. I hate to say this, but I missed his hapless daughter, Kim.
The Dina and Behrooz story was clearly the coolest subplot, but they were dropped in the middle of the story for the evil Mahrwan, a more traditional villain. How many fans were waiting to find out that Dina wasn’t dead, but was the mastermind of the entire plot? And Behrooz — what finally happened to him? Luckily, I learned from Entertainment Weekly that the producers filmed a scene where Behrooz learned of his mother’s death, but the scene was edited out. Why?
Score: B +
This is my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, this was the dullest season yet, even though the singers were better than usual. I think the format is getting a little tired. None of the singers really stood out as a superstar. Even Bo. Vonzell had the best voice. Constantine and Nadia were the most fun. Carrie was too cutesy for me. Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, and Fantasia all had a spark that no one had this year. Even the "bad" singers weren’t as humorous as in the past. Most annoying were the stock responses by the judges, with Randy’s "dawg," Paula’s smile, and Simon’s sarcasm. The only one I liked better this year was Ryan Seacrest, who at least has fun hosting every week. That said, the final episode was a lot of fun. Carrie’s win was a surprise, and I enjoyed the idols singing with their "idols."
Lost was the year’s biggest surprise. The concept sounded incredibly stupid, sort of a dramatic Gilligan’s Island, but it was totally engrossing and mysterious throughout the year. Watch it in reruns if you haven’t seen it.