There’s a lot to be thankful for on television these days. And since tomorrow is turkey day, I thought I’d share those things with you!
1). The actress I’m most thankful for is Sofia Vergara. Her character, Gloria Pritchett, on ABC’s new hit comedy Modern Family is a hoot! What's funny about Gloria is that she's sweet, but incredibly naive, as in this scene opposite guest star Shelley Long. Vergara holds her own opposite Long, who is a very talented comedic actress. Now, if only Vergara could stop trying to make real life "jokes."
2). I have to give thanks for Lopez Tonight. OK, so the show needs some major work, and Lopez isn’t exactly David Letterman or Conan O’Brien. But it still fills me with great pride to see Lopez become the first-ever Latino late-night talk show host, and it’s equally wonderful to see that many of his Latin guests, like Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria Parker and Marc Anthony are A-list stars in Hollywood that are beloved by everyone.
3). The TV haircut I’m thankful for belongs to Morena Baccarin. To play Anna, the leader of the “visitors” on ABC’s new drama V, Morena was asked to cut her long hair, which didn't bother her at all. She told me in a recent interview, "I feel that it’s a haircut. And I’m enjoying it right now. I’ve had long hair, I’ve had short hair, and I’ve had in between hair…and its all good." I couldn't agree more!
4). The Dog I’m thankful for is Mario Lopez. This Thanksgiving, Lopez, who sold hot dogs in June for the show I Get That a Lot, will be playing a different kind of dog (the kind that goes ruff-ruff) in the ABC Family original movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas. In the movie, Lopez plays Zeus, a real-life ex-police dog with a hero’s pedigree who has to prove to the family that adopts him that he can protect them from burglars. The movie airs this Sunday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c.
5). The TV jaw-dropper I’m most thankful for is Courtney Ford's role on Dexter. When I interviewed Ford two weeks ago about her Dexter role, she teased that there were some “jaw-dropping” surprises coming up for her character Christine Hill, a struggling reporter dating Detective Quinn (Desmond Harrington). But I never imagined the big reveal would be that Christine is actually the daughter of John Lithgow’s character, Trinity, a demented serial killer who murders in threes.
6). The TV miracle I’m most thankful for is Southland. After getting canceled by NBC, the brilliant drama, a gritty and dark look at crime in L.A., was picked up by TNT and given a second shot. The pickup was a huge surprise, but a very good one for one of TV’s smartest, most stylish dramas. Now if someone would only do the same for Trauma, another smart drama that seems to be headed towards cancellation.
7). Finally, I am thankful that Cubana Jamie-Lynn Sigler has left one of my favorite shows, Entourage. I think Sigler is a talented actress (especially when it comes to comedy), but her role on Entourage (she played a version of herself and the girlfriend of Jerry Ferrara’s character Turtle) had me bored to tears. When Turtle and Jamie broke up in the finale (even though they’re still dating in real life), I was beyond elated! Hasta la vista, Jamie!
What are you most thankful for on TV this holiday? Sound off in the comments section!