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From America With Love

Our weekly celebration of the wonderful programming very rich people have provided for us

By Andrew Hershberger     April 26, 2004


A Xindi council member (Rick Worthy) and Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) confer in "The Forgotten".
© UPN

Based on Actual Television Shows


Greetings Cinescapers! Last week I asked you to name five current shows to recommend to persons living overseas and you answered my call. Why, we even got a response from Eryk of the band Pulling Down Stars (check them out at www.pullingdownstars.com), so without further ado for our foreign readers (Sven included) here are way more then five current shows that American Cinescapers think you should watch.


In order of each shows total number of votes they are:



  1. ANGEL

  2. THE SHIELD

  3. GILMORE GIRLS

  4. THE SOPRANOS

  5. 24

  6. NIP/TUCK

  7. THE SWAN

  8. MAD MAD HOUSE

  9. SURVIVOR

  10. ENTERPRISE

  11. SAMURAI JACK

  12. SCRUBS

  13. THE O.C.

  14. JOAN OF ARCADIA

  15. AMAZING RACE

  16. AMERICAN GOTHIC

  17. MONK

  18. THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW

  19. MAIL CALL

  20. POWER RANGERS DINOTHUNDER

And just for good measure here's my own personal two cents.



  1. THE DAVE CHAPPELLE SHOW

  2. MAD TV

Now all the world can illegally download our greatest contemporary shows!


Before we move on to the wonderful programming very rich people have provided for us, I'd like to thank Leigh Hoffman for deciding our winner in the who would win in bar fight Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney survey, the winner being Mr. Mick Jagger. This week our question is the following: who would win in a bar fight - Mick Jagger or Davy Jones of the Monkees?


Send your answers to TVWasteland@cinescape.com.


Oh, by the way, guest contributor Aaron Thall returns this week. See if you can find his contribution.


Now onto the shows.


MONDAY, APRIL 26


THE SIXTH SENSE (8 pm, ABC) A kid

A Xindi council member (Rick Worthy) and Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) confer in "The Forgotten".

sees dead people, and much worse, makes his mother cry.


EVERWOOD (8 pm, WB) Ephram and Amy decide to go to the prom together. Amy figures this is the first step towards marriage, the second being entrapment through pregnancy.


THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS (8 pm, NIK) Timmy wishes that historical figures will help him write his report a la BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, instead only forgotten silent screen comic Harold Lloyd shows up, mainly to bitch to Timmy about how nobody remembers him and to take nude 3D photos of Timmy's mom.


CSI: MIAMI (10 pm, CBS) Alexx and Delko fall into a burning ring of fire. (Wasteland apologizes to the estate of the late Johnny Cash for that last joke.) (Repeat)


SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT I (10:30 pm, AMC) An American Movie Classic.


TUESDAY, APRIL 27


THE FACTS OF LIFE REUNION (8 pm, FAM) The girls reunite with Mrs. Garrett to muse on the weathering effects of time.


24 (9 pm, FOX) "8 am 9 am" Jack takes control of Saunders' one weakness.


NYPD BLUE (10 pm, ABC) When the main suspect in a case involving a murdered girl is exonerated, suspicion turns to the father.


THE SHIELD (10 pm, FX) An oversight jeopardizes an undercover investigation.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28


STEPHEN KING'S IT (7 pm, SCIFI) Grownup friends confront a demon from their childhood. The twist is, this is a literal demon.


SMALLVILLE (8 pm, WB) Lex toys with his memory, trying to find out information on his father's past.


ENTERPRISE (8 pm, UPN) T'Pol

A Xindi council member (Rick Worthy) and Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) confer in "The Forgotten".

realizes she's a drug addict.


ANGEL (9 pm, WB) In the future Illyria discovers a plot to kill her, so she goes back to the present to kill the plotters.


THURSDAY, APRIL 29


A STAR IS BORN (8 pm, TCM) In this film Judy goes up and James goes down, in reality the opposite was happening. For both actors a career peak.


TRU CALLING (8 pm, FOX) Tru and Jack's disintegrating relationship is documented in two back-to-back episodes.


CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (9 pm, CBS) A crime involving only police officers as both victims and suspects has the team trading in justice for a very big cash payoff.


STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL (9 pm, ABC) A baseball player tries to kill himself and this causes some weird sort of time rift.


WITHOUT A TRACE (10 pm, CBS) A man whose son is scheduled to be executed disappears.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30


JOAN OF ARCADIA (8 pm, CBS) Joan joins the yearbook staff; it'a all part of God's plan to make her a dork.


REBA (8 pm, WB) Barbra Jean suspects Brock is cheating on her, so she confides in Reba. Reba cracks wise about the situation.


STARGATE SG-1 (9 pm, SCI-FI) 1) The Tok'ra

SMALLVILLE's Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) tries to unlock his memories in "Memoria".

and the rebel Jaffa decide their declaration of being "best friends forever" was a little hasty 2) A viral weapon backfires, leaving the team with a lot of explaining to do when they get home 3) Third verse same as the first. (All Repeats)


THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (9:30 pm, TCM) A maid is stalked by a strangler during a thunderstorm. Directed by Robert Siodmak, brother of frequent Universal monster movie scribe Curt Siodmak.


SATURDAY, MAY 1


POWER RANGERS DINOTHUNDER (8:30 am, Family): "In light of the FCC bearing down thanks to The Breast that Would be Free, making television ultra sensitive to a disturbing degree, they have Kira arrested for running around in spandex, claiming that her wardrobe could malfunction at any time." (-Aaron Thall)


ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (8 pm, AMC) Sergio Leone's epic western, features four leads: a hooker with a heart of gold, a comical outlaw, a cold blooded murderer and a man with no name. Charles Bronson's finest three hours.


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (8 pm, TCM) Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's delightful musical about cinema's transition from silent to sound pictures.


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT/TOMMY (8 pm, IFC) Two films featuring The Who. The first is a documentary, the second is Ken Russell's excessive telling of The Who's infamous rock opera.


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30, NBC) Lindsay Lohan hosts with Usher providing the music.


SUNDAY, MAY 2


THE SIMPSONS (8 pm, FOX) 1) Homer becomes Pie Man 2) Snowball II dies. (Second episode a repeat)


CHARMED (8 pm, WB) Paige attempts to conjure up Mr. Right, but instead gets Mr. Wrong. I'm sure many of our female readers know what that's like, as do many of my dates.


ALIAS (10 pm, ABC) Vaughn becomes obsessed with tracking down Laura.


THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (10 pm, TCM) Robin defends King Richard's thrown while courting Maid Marian in this exceptional 1938 Errol Flynn vehicle.


And so we bid a fond farewell and leave with this perplexing question: What kind of muppet is Gonzo supposed to be? Someone please tell me at Tvwasteland@cinescape.com.



TV Wasteland is our weekly Television column. No television writers were harmed in the making of this document.


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