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  1. Will & Grace Revival

    I'll agree that the on again/off again scheduling did not sustain any momentum. And the nadir of the season was the first two episodes back. The show worked best in the first few seasons before the guest star parade and before the characters had become cartoon-y. The last installment, with Jack guesting on Shades of Blue, felt more like classic W&G to me, and has been one of my favorite episodes of the season.
  2. Series You Loved from Beginning to End

    +1 Once they were given an end-date, then they were allowed to just soar. The twist at the end of Season 3 was the kicker that made me know it was back after the tailspinning of seasons 2 and 3 (Tailies were meh; loved Juliet and Ben!)
  3. Everyone's sitcom game was dire around that time. Several entertainment magazines did articles on the Death of the Sitcom from 82-84. It was actually The Cosby Show that revived the format. I loved Holly from Anything But Love, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis, prior to her appearance on These Friends of Mine. And of course Anita would go on to play Janice on Friends.
  4. Stop Trying to Make ... Happen!

    Praise. Although, oddly, I liked her in Nashville the most. I just remembered what an odd fit she was on Spin City, sucking the energy out of the room. I'm thinking also of various nineties film actresses: Julia Ormond Monica Potter Gretchen Mol And how many times can they push Sienna Miller?
  5. AMC Tribute Thread

    I remember Jack staying there in the very early 90s when Erica lost custody of Bianca.
  6. Can't remember why I fell out of Murphy Brown in it's middle years, but I fell back in that final season. I think I left when Jim left FYI. I liked the cancer storyline and how the show ended overall, but I haven't seen it in years, and could do without a reboot. The timeliness of our current political state would be perfect, but the cast is much older, and Eldon and Phil have passed on. More than likely I'll watch, praying it doesn't become the "Arlington Virginia Dinner Theater" does "Murphy Brown." As they say on the "E! True Hollywood Story," Kirk Cameron Jesus-freaked Growing Pains right off the air. Once naughty-boy Mike grew into striving young adult, it became a bit sanctimonious and somewhat uninteresting. This was a show that was more about the adults early on and became about Cameron a la Family Ties became about Fox.
  7. Yeah, I had checked out of 227 by then for similar reasons (plus I started working Saturday evenings). Rose (Alaina Reed Hall) was pushed into the background after marrying. This would have been after Mrs. G. left Facts and Facts had been cancelled. I thought she left Facts because she was "retiring." Guess not.
  8. I think that's what happens to me. I don't intentionally drop a show, so much as I forget to rejoin and then just never catch up. I "lost" a lot of shows when I "cut the cord" a few years back, and never picked them back up. Although not the "hot" thing after a while, I watched ER all the way through; you just had to get the idea that the show was a revolving door and make peace with it. I think some of the things that rejuvenated the show for me was Sally Field's arc as Tierney's mother and Parminder Nigra's character. Same with Grey's, as I'm still watching it. Every time, I think it's dying on the vine, it does something to bring it right back, and it is not usually the stunts (of which the show does make fun of itself doing at times), it's the relationships. I stuck with Nashville, but never rejoined after it left network TV (esp. after I heard of the development of one of the characters). I've been more pleased with Empire since Phylicia Rashad initiated the "family feud," but I haven't caught back up with it since the midseason finale...nor Grey's...I suppose I will later. So grateful we have these ways of watching television these days rather than turning on a network at a specific time on a specific day.
  9. This was a show I had unknowingly checked out of. Years later, I caught the reruns in syndication and hadn't realized the show went on after Allie married Bob! What was funny, to me, was that Bob showed up numerous times in the series before that as other people. Also, for AMC fans, Jill Larson (Opal) showed up in various guises in the episode where Emma has to do a project on women in history.
  10. AMC Tribute Thread

    I'm going to offer some time in the mid-90s when the coffee house Julia worked at briefly came along (a la Starbucks). There was also McKay's. And then everyone needed to go eat at Holidays (Hayley and Mateo's place) before it was destroyed for SOS. What was the name of the place Krystal took over towards the end of the series' run? Was it BJ's or am I just being ironic?
  11. Netflix: One Day at a Time

    First of all, the new season looks good. This show really grew on me the first season. One thing irritates me though. The original show took place in Indianapolis. They went to great pains to mimic the original set, so for the first episodes, I assumed we were looking at Ann Romano's old apartment with new tenants in Indianapolis. But somewhere along the way, (I forget where), we learn they are actually in LA (and this trailer has shots of LA). Why? I haven't found a purpose for setting the show in LA vs. Indy. It's not as if there aren't or can't be Cubans in Indianapolis. And I probably wouldn't think twice if they hadn't made the apartment similar. Does this bother anyone else? Thoughts?
  12. Netflix: One Day at a Time

    For me, the most touching moment was with Schneider, when he refers to her as "Annie" for the first time. I can certainly understand where the character was coming from regarding "I should've done better." As parents, we often feel responsible in some way for the failings of our children, even if not truly our fault. There's always a "What if I...?" in there somewhere; certainly this would have been the case for Ann Romano, who cared enough for her children to get them out of a poor situation and divorcing their father.
  13. Favorite TV Themes/Openings

    And the seriously underappreciated Laura Branigan...what a voice...gone too soon. So we have a post-TC Suzanne Somers, post-H2H Stefanie Powers and a post-Dallas Mary Crosby with a pre-Silence Anthony Hopkins, pre-Unsolved Mysteries Stack and a pre-Murphy Brown Candice Bergen. What an odd moment in all of their careers! And I can't get over how LONG this is. You would never find a theme song running this long nowadays.
  14. Primetime shows that were cancelled too soon

    I liked this one too, although I don't remember that being the opening sequence. Remember when they changed the actress playing the daughter towards the end of the season? On another note, these are the same creators who went on to do Modern Family, so it all worked out in the end.
  15. Why was that? Not a language many are fluent in (save Norwegians).