It’s a brand new day…and time to meet another new member of Team GMMR. This season Erik is going to be taking on the surly Dr. Gregory House and sharing his antics with all of us. Stand up, pop some Vicodin and wave your cane at Erik!
House Season 5, Episode 2 “Not Cancer”
Air Date: September 23, 2008
Greetings from the triage area. My name is Erik the Orderly, and I am excited to share this season of House with the GMMR community. With the tour de force that is Hugh Laurie in the driver’s seat, it promises to be a year of insensitivity, displacement, and cruelty from Dr. Gregory House. What does that mean for the audience? The kind of ratings juggernaut that cannot be ignored.
The big news from Season 5′s premiere was Wilson’s resignation, triggered by the grief of losing his fiancé and the resentment he feels about House’s connection to the tragedy..
Episode #2, “Not Cancer”, featured the show’s trademark medical mystery and a quirky new employee/confidante for TV’s most eccentric doctor. As the story unfolded, viewers were introduced to two unique talents: Felicia Day & Michael Weston.
Listen up people! We are so close to THE OFFICE season premiere that I now start counting down by hours. I’m full with nervous excitement. Thursday can not come fast enough. The stars are starting to show up on the talk show circuits, new spoiler clips have been released. Oh the joy!
In celebration of THE OFFICE season premiere tomorrow, GMMR is giving away 3 copies of LEATHERHEADS starring The Office’s John Krasinski. LEATHERHEADS was released on DVD and Blu-Ray yesterday but GMMR has your hook up.
Settle in as the eye candy of John Krasinski and George Clooney team up together on the big screen to play a little old time football and fight (literally) for the affections of Ms. Renee Zellweger.
Krasinski and Clooney would be enough ‘bonus features’ for me, but the DVD offers a few extras including:
- DELETED SCENES
- FOOTBALL’S BEGINNING: THE MAKING OF LEATHERHEADS: An inside look at the making of the film featuring interviews with George Clooney, Renée Zellweger and John Krasinski.
- NO PADS, NO FEAR: CREATING THE ROWDY FOOTBALL SCENES: This bonus feature focuses on the preparation and execution of the film’s intense football moments, featuring footage from the actors’ training camp.
- GEORGE CLOONEY: A LEATHERHEADED PRANKSTER: This bonus feature shows one of the set’s most elaborate and hilarious pranks orchestrated by director George Clooney.
- VISUAL EFFECTS SEQUENCES: A side-by-side comparison of scenes with and without their visual effects.
- FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR GEORGE CLOONEY AND PRODUCER GRANT HESLOV*
GMMR followed LEATHERHEADS from early casting through production and release so it’s only fitting that we are now giving away the movie on DVD.
George Clooney & John Krasinski were a great comedy team on screen. To enter share with us another actor with whom you’d like to see John Krasinski paired with on the big screen and why?
Three winners will be selected at random from all valid entries. The contest ends at 10pm est on Sunday, September 28th. Good luck!
Monday is a busy night of TV, wouldn’t you say? You might be surprised to learn that I opted out of most of it to attend what was probably my last Red Sox game of the season (there’s always post-season…fingers crossed). Lucky for me I had seen a few of the Monday night shows in advance so I wasn’t that far behind. I’ve still got TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES waiting for me at home along with PRISON BREAK. All in due time I suppose.
My saving grace was that I was able to check out GOSSIP GIRL, THE BIG BANG THEORY & WORST WEEK in advance and here’s my tiny little take on all three.
The bitch is back! No I don’t mean Georgina…or Blair…or Little J – ok maybe there are a few too many divas on the show, but in this particular instance I’m talking about Ms. Serena van der Woodsen. But this Serena is not like any Serena we’ve ever known. To us this version of S has onyl been a thing of urban legends. One girl to rule them all. One little broken heart and she goes from sweet to saboteur. And here I thought S and Lonely boy were going to handle their break up with maturity. Guess not. Watch your back, Dan.
You would think that after the onslaught of Monday night TV the networks would give us a breather on Tuesdays – nope. We are right back at it on Tuesdays with some fantastic programming. The question is, who has time to watch it? Well I guess I’m going to try.
Take a look at my tentative Tuesday night schedule with a little added flava on how I plan on attacking the evening.
Note: If I had the ability to upload images right now, I would be sure to fix the typo in “Privileged”. For some reason I can never manage to spell that one right on my first try. Just realized I butchered it above – how embarrassing!
HOUSE: Whew, I kind of luck out on this one. HOUSE is one of my favorite shows so I’m glad it’s going to be the show to kick off my Tuesday nights.
FRINGE: Joshua Jackson and I have a date every Tuesday night at 9pm. I’m still digging FRINGE and despite the lackluster reception its receiving from others, I’m sticking with it. I’ve waited too long for Josh Jackson to come back to TV for me to abandon the show. Plus, I think it’s got real potential
ELI STONE (premieres October 14th): One of my favorites from last season is back. My relationship with the show started off slow, but I was soon completely charmed by Eli and his aneurysmic (do you like that word?) visions.
A thousand apologies GMMR readers. In the wee hours of the morning I discovered that GMMR was hit with some kind of bug which has made posting very difficult. Not the kind of technical issue that you want to discover the morning after the official kickoff to the Fall TV season. There are people looking into it and it will hopefully be fixed soon.I have a number of posts about last night’s shows all in the queue waiting to be published, but I can’t reach them at this point in time. Needless to say there was as lot of Monday night TV and still a lot to discuss. Sadly that discussion will be a bit delayed, but it will happen to stay tuned!
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
In the meantime, thanks to a good friend, I’m able to share with you at the very least tonight’s ‘What to Watch’ list which includes reminders to check out the late night talk shows as two of my top TV boyfriends Zach Levi of CHUCK and John Krasinski of THE OFFICE will be stopping by to chat.
So have at it…
Opportunity Knocks | 8pm on ABC | Series Premiere
In the series opener of this game show, a family is asked trivia questions based on their knowledge of each other, with the chance to win cash and prizes. First up: the Gutierrez family from Torrance, Cal. Hosted by J.D. Roth.
House | 8pm on Fox
When people who received organs from a donor who was killed in an industrial accident five years earlier die suddenly, House must figure out why to save a recipient who’s still alive. Special guest star: Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible, The Guild)
The Biggest Loser | 8pm on NBC
Rocco DiSpirito offers tips for preparing healthy and affordable meals. Elsewhere, the players bid on the percentage of weight they think they’ll lose; and the challenge winners get to phone home.
NCIS | 8pm on CBS | Season Premiere
In the sixth-season opener, the team investigates the murder of a Navy petty officer, and Gibbs discovers a link between the case and Vance’s decision to break up the team. Eli David: Michael Nouri. Alice Brodie: Jenny O’Hara.
90210 | 8pm on The CW
Annie and Ty grow closer as the spring play approaches, but her parents fear things are moving too quickly. Meanwhile, Silver is overwhelmed by her stage-manager duties and leans on Dixon for help; and Naomi tries to reunite her estranged parents.
Lincoln Heights | 8pm on ABC Family
Cassie and Charles take the next step in their relationship. Meanwhile, Lizzie must make a decision after she gets an offer to attend a private school; and the Suttons welcome Reverend Kingston and his family to town.
Fringe | 9pm on Fox
During the investigation of the bizarre deaths of a bus full of commuters, Olivia, Peter and Dr. Bishop reach out to a troubled man with prognosticative powers of Pattern-related catastrophes who might be able to help them prevent another tragedy.
The Mentalist | 9pm on CBS | Series Premiere
The murders of a pro golfer’s wife and her doctor are investigated in the opener of a series about a former fake psychic who now uses his gift for observing details to assist a California crime unit. Michael Moradi: Shaun Toub. [GMMR: If only I could access the enbtire post I wrote dedicated to THE MENTALIST. Dammit! Anyway, despite my issues with it being a complete ripoff of the PSYCH plotline, I was really digging this show. Simon Baker is fantastic and his use of his keen observant abilities to solve crimes is really quite compelling. And there's a bit of a twist near the end which I think makes the story they are trying to tell that much more compelling. Give it a try and we can discuss it tomorrow, deal?]
Privileged | 9pm on The CW
Rose learns she has to repeat her freshman year because of her low grades. Megan intercedes by visiting the school’s headmaster, Jacob Cassidy (David Giuntoli), and a flirtatious chemistry develops between them.
Greek | 9pm on ABC Family
Tired of the poor treatment they’ve received, the pledges at Kappa Tau fight back. Elsewhere, Evan schemes to use Calvin and Michael’s relationship to help a brother who’s failing.
Dancing with the Stars | 9pm on ABC
The results show. One couple gets eliminated, and the 12 remaining couples perform their second routine. Who do you think is going home tonight?
Without a Trace | 10pm on CBS | Season Premiere
In the seventh-season opener, the team searches for a man whose daughter vanished years earlier. Meanwhile, Jack adjusts to a new boss (Steven Weber). Clare Bryson: Linda Hunt. Ryan McAvoy: Kevin Rahm. Eli Simmons: Nick Spano.
Law & Order: SVU | 10pm on NBC | Season Premiere
In the 10th-season opener, a 7-year-old boy makes accusations against his foster parents involving abusive medical testing. This leads Benson to an unsolved rape that shares something in common with this new case.
The Shield | 10pm on FX
Vic tries to stay on top of gang-related violence as the street war continues, but he is unable to contain new outbreaks; Dutch and Billings’ murder investigation takes a turn for the disturbing; Cassidy reaches out to a reluctant Danny.
And don’t forget…
- LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS
Julianne Moore, Tom Dreesen, Tim Reid, Kings of Leon
- THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC
Wanda Sykes, Zach Levi, Glen Campbell
- LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON, CBS
John Krasinski ,, Dr. Lisa Masterson
- LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, NBC
Billy Bob Thornton, Aasif Mandvi, Kenny Shopsin
- JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, ABC
Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere
P.S. Let me know which shows you’re watching because this “What to Watch” list needs to be cut down. A little long don’t you think?
I’m pretty sure you know by now that I’m a one dance show kind of gal. My heart belongs to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and there’s just no room in my heart (or my TV schedule) for DANCING WITH THE STARS. But as a SYTYCD fan I feel that I need to support SYTYCD alum Lacey Schwimmer who is partnered with former ‘NSync-er Lance Bass this season on DWTS.
And so through the glorious power of YouTube, I can now keep up with Lacey & Lance without sitting through all the other DANCING WITH THE STARS couples that I could care less about. And as a result each week I will share Lance & Lacey’s routines with you.
So here we go…Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer performing the Cha-Cha-Cha.
We’ve been through this before and I know that many of you are going to encourage me to watch DANCING WITH THE STARS…it ain’t gonna happen.
HEROES is back! I know for some of our GMMR readers this is the one show they’ve been waiting a long, long time to have back in their homes. It’s an exciting time for our Heroes and our Villains. And it’s exciting time for GMMR as we welcome Randi, our new HEROES resident expert, Randi. A round of applause please!
Take it away, Randi……
Hi All, my name is Randi and I’m super excited to be writing about Heroes on GMMR this season. I love this show and have been waiting for it to come back since before the evil Writer’s Strike (yay writers, boo strikes!). I have just refreshed myself by watching (and forcing the boyfriend to watch) both seasons back to back on Blu Ray. And let me just say, Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) is looking mighty fine come Season 2 in high definition. I have to admit that I didn’t watch the pre-show event. As much as I love red carpets, I couldn’t sacrifice Gossip Girl for network filler. On that note, I’m going to get right into plot and don’t want to spoil those that haven’t jumped on the bandwagon so follow me after the jump.
When we last left our Heroes, Niki looks to have gone down in flames. Nathan had just been shot. Claire almost reached her goal of taking down the company only to be stopped at the last minute by her reanimated father. Sylar had killed the crying twin only to have her brought back to life in the final minutes. He did regain his powers in the process. (Foreshadowing the next installment: Villains) But the battle between Hiro/Adam/Peter was the one that was truly awesome. Hiro finally makes Peter come to his senses and so Peter incinerates the virus. Hiro then buries Adam alive in a Japanese cemetery plot.
Nooo!! Not today!!
It seems that GMMR is experiencing some technical difficulties today. We are in the process of trying to figure out what is giong on. I will try to be back up and posting soon. I’m so sorry. Not a good way to kick of the Fall TV season. A thousand apologies.
Keep checking back because once I can get back up and posting there is a LOT to talk about.
[GMMR heads off to a corner to cry]
Please give a warm GMMR welcome to new Team GMMR member…Jen!! Jen will be covering HIMYM for us this season so show her the love!
And now I’ll turn it over to Jen…
Let me start off with saying with what really doesn’t need to be said but apparently Emmy Award voters need to hear – Neil Patrick Harris SHINES in this series and should have won the Emmy on Sunday night.Need an example? Look no further than last night’s season premiere of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Neil was fantastic! Hr brought out all the stops. His comedy is broad but subtle when it needs to be. From the McLaren’s scene, where he forcefully laughs at Robin’s joke about being the Boogeyman with a teleprompter, to the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde argument with himself over telling Lily he has feelings for Robin, to (my favorite) when he is telling Lily that he doesn’t want to be Robin’s boyfriend (but describes in detail what Lily aptly calls a clingy relationship) – he was top notch! He is pure perfection!
But oh, I guess I should have first talked about Ted and Stella. After four months and about two minutes of waiting, we finally learn Stella’s answer: YES! She will marry Ted. Was this what everyone was expecting? Was anyone upset with this outcome?
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
I just opened up my issue of TV Guide Magazine to find some exciting OFFICE scoop and it involves my favorite TV twosome – Jim & Pam…and the extended Halpert family.
Check it all out after the jump…
“Save the intersect. Save the world.” The writers strike may have cheated us out of a full season of CHUCK, but I can tell you that I’ve seen the first three episodes of the season and strike or no strike it was well worth the wait.The new season of CHUCK brings everything up a notch. The comedy. The action. The romance. Everything is taken to a new level and that new level is even more awesome than Captain Awesome would have you believe.
Later in the week we’re going to dedicate a lot more time to CHUCK, one of my favorite returning shows, in preparation for its Season 2 premiere next Monday. We’ve got pics, videos and all the fixins’ you need to get you excited for the new season. But here’s the best part – you don’t have to wait until next Monday to watch the season premiere of CHUCK; it’s available for free (legal) viewing right now. So close your office door, put away the school books, or go shove the kids in their rooms to play because you really shouldn’t wait another minute to watch CHUCK. [Click here to watch CHUCK now!]
This first episode back ranks up there with my all time favorite episodes of the series. Especially Chuck’s big fake out near the end (you’ll know it when you see it and it’s awesome).
So go watch and then come back and chat with us about it. Or wait until the September 29th premiere when GMMR’s own SB will be back with her review of the new season.
September 22, 2008 by Kath Skerry
Filed under 30 Rock, 90210, Bones, Brothers & Sisters, Chuck, Dexter, Fall Preview, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, Prison Break, Private Practice, Privileged, Pushing Daisies, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Big Bang Theory, The CW, The Office, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The TV Talk Podcast, TV Comedy, TV Drama, Ugly Betty
TV Talk with GMMR and Ducky is finally back!
In our latest gabfest we discuss the new fall schedule day by day and break down our returning faves and possible new must-sees. It’s a busy season folks, sit back and relax because we talk forever.
You know you missed us… xoxo GMMR and Ducky.
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Unless you watch TV for a living (and if you do I’m quite jealous) then there really isn’t an easy way to tackle the Monday night TV schedule. It’s borderline insane. It’s as if every network said “let’s really screw with the viewers and put a ton of awesome shows up against each other and make everyone pull a Sophie’s Choice“. Ugh, but we have what we have and unless the schedule gets moved around a bit (which I’m not counting on) then we just have to deal.
So here’s my Monday night schedule, and a little insight on just how I’m going to handle watching all these shows.
CHUCK (premieres September 29th): It’s so cruel that I have to pick only one show to watch in this very crowded 8pm hour. But I’m going to have to go with CHUCK. It’s a real toss up between CHUCK and GOSSIP GIRL, but I’m going to go with the big Bartwoski and his Buy More buds. (Bonus – Since I’ve already seen the first three episodes of CHUCK I can watch GOSSIP GIRL at 8pm – at least until the end of October.)
…and that my friends is the only show I will be watching live on Monday nights. Seems odd, but keep reading and you’ll see the how and why.
Ladies and gentlemen….I’m here to officially welcome you to the 2008 Fall TV season!! Yes some new shows have been back for a few weeks now, but tonight marks that day when all the major networks are back with their new programming. I couldn’t be more excited!
There’s a lot happening here on GMMR this week. Each day in additional to our daily “What to Watch” list, I’m going to be delving a little deeper into that night’s TV schedule and letting you know what I’m watching when…and why. I’ll also be sharing my 11 cents (because really, what can you buy with 2 cents these days) on the new shows turning up on the tube this season as well as the scoop on your returning favorites.
And throughout the week you’ll also be introduced to the new members of TEAM GMMR – readers, just like you, who have moved from the comments section to center stage to take on some of our favorite shows. Our new team will be writing show reviews, original columns and helping to keep us all up on the latest TV news and gossip. I hope you’ll welcome them warmly.
Keep checking back throughout the day, every day this week as you don’t want to miss a minute of the TV fun!
Let’s do this. Here are some highlights from tonight’s TV schedule…
Heroes | 8pm on NBC | Special
“Countdown to the Premiere”
Cast members host a countdown show. Included: a review of important plot points; a lineup of suspects in Nathan’s shooting; a look at the special-effects process; a sample of translated episodes airing internationally; and an exploration of the series’ subtle nods to “Star Trek.”
The Big Bang Theory | 8pm on CBS | Season Premiere
In the second-season opener, Penny surprisingly turns to Sheldon as a confidant after her disastrous first date with Leonard. But when Sheldon is forced to keep a secret it turns out to be disastrous for all involved.
Gossip Girl | 8pm on The CW
When Dan starts getting friendly with new girl Amanda (Laura-Leigh), Blair carries out a sabotage plan while simultaneously helping Vanessa devise a scheme concerning a secret Catherine’s been harboring.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles | 8pm on Fox
Cromartie kidnaps Charley’s wife, so Sarah and Derek put their heads together to devise a rescue plan. Elsewhere, John’s stuck in the middle when it comes to dealing with Cameron and Riley.
Dancing with the Stars | 8pm on ABC | Season Premiere
The seventh-season opener begins with 13 celebrities who each perform one of two routines they’ve prepared. Check out ex- “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist, Lacey Schwimmer, who is paired this season with Lance Bass.
How I Met Your Mother | 8:30pm on CBS| Season Premiere
In the fourth-season opener, Stella gives Ted an answer to his proposal, and Barney realizes he’s in love with Robin. Marshall and Ted come to grips with their obsession with “Star Wars”.
Heroes | 9pm on NBC | 2-hour Season Premiere
Nathan’s shooter is revealed in the Season 3 opener. Elsewhere, Sylar visits Claire; Hiro and Ando guard a dangerous family secret and fret over the bleak future involving a dubious woman (Brea Grant); and Suresh makes an important breakthrough.
Prison Break | 9pm on Fox
Don Self tracks down another card to a safe in a heavily guarded Los Angeles federal office building while Mahone gets a few leads in his efforts to track down Wyatt, who chases Sara and tortures Gretchen
One Tree Hill | 9pm on The CW
Lucas has trouble inspiring his team. Meanwhile, Haley looks into someone’s disappearance; Brooke confronts a person from her past; Nate deals with his mother’s new relationship; and Peyton is shocked when a famous musician drops by her studio.
Two & a Half Men | 9pm on CBS | Season Premiere
In the sixth-season opener, Charlie runs into an ex-girlfriend (Rena Sofer) whose son bears a striking resemblance to him. Russell: Martin Mull. Chuck: Aaron Refvem.
Worst Week | 9:30pm on CBS | Series Premiere
In the pilot episode, disaster-prone Sam Briggs (Kyle Bornheimer) and his girlfriend, Melanie (Erinn Hayes), visit her parents who don’t like Sam, to tell them that they are engaged and expecting a child. Dick: Kurtwood Smith. Angela: Nancy Lenehan.
Boston Legal | 1opm on ABC | Season Premiere
In the premiere for the fifth and final season, Alan answers a call for help from Bethany Horowitz in a suit against a tobacco giant, but he suffers a crisis of confidence when the opposing counsel (Ally Walker) turns out to be an old girlfriend.
Raising the Bar | 10pm on TNT
Richard’s wealthy father extends an invitation to Roz to join the team of lawyers at his firm; Jerry defends a woman he believes was only arrested because of what she knows; a suspect is accused of murder after protecting his property.
CSI: Miami | 10pm on CBS | Season Premiere
The seventh season begins with the team searching for the person who shot Horatio while he was standing on an airport tarmac. Several suspects quickly emerge, and one of them is a member of H’s own group.
The Hills | 10pm on MTV
Not exactly sure what’s going on in tonight’s episode but I’ll give it a stab. Lauren is having some kind of dramatic issue with a friend|boyfriend|potential boyfriend|work. Meanwhile Heidi and Spencer continue their day to day lives without any knowledge that they are a huge joke. And I will still miss the days of LAGUNA BEACH.
My handsome TV boyfriends were looking all kinds of dapper at Sunday’s Emmy awards. I thought they looked so good that they should get a special TV boyfriends gallery so they can be properly admired.[Album not found]
Sadly Neil, who was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Comedy, and Lee who was up for Lead Actor in a Comedy both walked away without their much deserved Emmys. You’ll get ‘em next year, boys.
(More pics will be added as they are available.)