Site ColumnsBy Michelle
November 8, 2004 - 8:00 PM
Last night I had one of those stupid TV dilemmas. I really don't watch much regular TV - other than Enterprise, the only shows I follow regularly are Smallville and The West Wing, plus The Dead Zone when I remember its wacky season schedule. But there were four, count 'em, four things on television that I wanted to watch last night, all overlapping one another.
First, I wanted to see Jennifer Connelly on Inside the Actor's Studio, because she always comes across so smart and serious and always says such wonderful things about the process of acting. I've known who she was since Labyrinth in my youth, and she has a bunch of other genre credits, so I know there must be people here who understand. She's also stunningly beautiful and married to an actor I adore but those are just the shallow end of why I like her.
Then I had to choose among Henry VIII on PBS, the special on Alexander the Great on the History Channel and the Dallas reunion on CBS. Now, before you laugh, keep in mind that Dallas was in its heyday during my peak babysitting years -- eighth through eleventh grade. I was there when J.R. got shot. I was there when Pam woke up with Bobby in her shower and an entire season wiped out (people call that jumping the shark, but I say it saved the show, and Archer should have tried it after the Evil Alien Nazis). I had to watch, just to see how great Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy looked after all these years. Plus there were a couple of glimpses of Kate Mulgrew from the episode where J.R. and Ray were fighting over her.
Henry VIII had gotten mixed reviews, but it has: Sean Bean. And really I have often needed no other reason to watch a movie. In this case apparently liberties were taken with the history -- I don't know yet, I need to sit down and watch tomorrow night, after tonight's ritual Monday Night Football worship that goes on in my house. Then I can decide whether this is an acceptable way to introduce my kids to the Tudors or if I'm better off showing them A Man For All Seasons first.
As for Alexander...we taped him. No matter how good the documentary is, I'm betting I have more fun watching Oliver Stone's version with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie.
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These were some of the major news items from November 2002:
- Montgomery: 'Enterprise' Cast Like My Family
Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) said that the other members of the Enterprise cast felt like family, and that while he was comfortable calling his male co-stars in the middle of the night to talk, it was a little more difficult with his female co-stars:
People...inevitably start freaking about Jolene...I go, 'Yeah, Jolene is cute.' They're like, 'Oh my God, don't you just...?' 'No, I don't. I never do. I never thought about it, quite honestly. She's my sister.' I don't think about having sex with my own sisters; I promise you I don't.
- 'The Seventh' Overnights Below Par
The second Enterprise episode aired in November of the show's second season scored its lowest overnight ratings of that year, though it managed to beat the WB's Dawson's Creek.
- UPN Set To Bury 'Haunted'
Industry sources reported that the low-rated lead-out show for Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be exorcised from UPN's Tuesday night lineup, with production set to end after the original thirteen-episode order.
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- Friday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will broadcast the new Star Trek: Enterprise episode "The Augments". Here's the official synopsis:
In defiance of their "father," Arik Soong's Augments devise a heinous plot against the Klingons which will surely lead to interstellar war.