April 10, 2008By Joe Diliberto Posted: Apr 10, 2008
I had been waiting for Wednesday night all week, absolutely breathless in anticipation of the debut of… New York Rangers playoff hockey! And I wasn't disappointed — the Rangers won, 4-1, taking a 1-0 series lead, and — What's that? You're not a big hockey fan? Haven't you ever… Oh? Oh.
Okaaaaaaay, so what else was on…Let's see: BIG BROTHER 9, DEAL OR NO DEAL and WIFE SWAP… Sorry, nothing else was on. Well, okay, Fox had IDOL GIVES BACK raising money for charity, and nobody could possibly argue with that....
Now, 9 o'clock was a different matter, and when the action lagged with the Rangers I flipped over to CBS' CRIMINAL MINDS, where the SKOW (that's Serial Killer of the Week) was staging murders that looked like suicides. Joe Mantegna's Rossi really takes cases personally. Thomas Gibson (ex-Sam, AW) is getting to show some emotion as Hotchner's family falls apart. And it's fun the way Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R) and Paget Brewster (ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE) finish each other's sentences so neither one has to get exposition all over his/her tight outfit. But where was Garcia's new squeeze, Xan- I mean, Kevin, as played by Nicholas Brendon (ex-Xander, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)?
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was another repeat, while that Mary Poppins from hell, SUPERNANNY had to deal with — get this — four unruly kids! Oh, Jo Frost, is no child immune to your posh accent and wagging finger?
At 10, LAW & ORDER was (say it with me: "a repeat"), albeit the one with January Jones (Betty, MAD MEN) as a title-company employee whose real-estate scam is somehow not as humorous now as it was way back in February. Yep, it's all fun and games until somebody loses a house!
So CBS was the winner again, thanks to a new episode of CSI:NY. I decided to overlook my disdain for the ill-advised remix of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" theme song, and I'm glad I did. This episode featured Lindsay telling Danny she loves him — just after it became clear to her that he's drifting away. C'mon, Danny, do you really think you can hide evidence of your cheating from a CSI? Dude, Lindsay finds stray hairs and skin cells for a living — do you really think you can play mattress tag with another woman forever?
Meet you back here for the next Night Shift…