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TV Wasteland: Let the LOST and Heroes Comparisons Begin
Attention Carlton, Jeph Loed Needs a Job
By Stephen Lackey
November 10, 2008
Heroes has not been the disaster this season that everyone has be proclaiming it to be, but it has been much weaker than season one. The show recently saw its lowest ratings to date and in response a couple of the primary writer/producers were fired by NBC. These creators were defectors from LOST, the most important of which being Jeph Loeb.
LOST went through a very weak six episode run last year that nearly destroyed the series but thanks to Carlton Cues and Damon Lindelof getting hardcore with ABC about their vision for the series and fresh writing and producing from Brian K. Vaughan, the season finished outstandingly and managed to bring back many fans who had given up on it during that weak six episode run. LOST and Heroes are two completely different shows but because they share fans and many creators they’ve always been compared. At this point, Heroes appears to be the weaker of the two shows making the return of LOST even more exciting. Fans want a solid show to watch every week, not a show they have to make excuses for in order to enjoy. They already have Smallville for that. Jeph Loeb may have defected from LOST to early but he was around for the early days of the series. Maybe it’s time he returns to that series and bring his talent in alongside Brian K. Vaughan to show NBC what they “lost” by letting him go. On the other hand, Heroes needs to make a LOST style recovery and letting Loeb go and bringing in new blood might be just what the doctor ordered.
LOST does have a lot to live up to this season too. The show ended great last year but it’s important that it come back with a bang and maintain the level of quality set last year in order to hold on to its fan base and continue to bring back fans who gave up on it during the weak run of episodes. The tale will be told for the series on January 21st when LOST returns with a three hour event. The writer’s strike did some major damage to most of the new shows trying to get started this years so we need shows like Heroes and LOST to be great because we can’t count on most of the new offerings.
All the big ones are back this week, Heroes, Terminator and Fringe. seems like it’s been much longer than it actually has since we saw new installments of Heroes and Fringe so hopefully, these episodes will be great. Chuck, Prison Break, and Stargate Atlantis are all also new this week. Stargate fans are anticipating the series finale coming soon so every episode left should be a great one.
CHUCK (NBC, 8PM EST) CHUCK VERSUS THE EX
Chuck chances upon his ex-flame (Jordana Brewster) and embellishes his status in life to impress her. But Chuck must get into spy mode upon discovering that her research-scientist boss may be involved in the development of a bioweapon. Meanwhile, Buy More's efficiency expert (Tony Hale) enforces a mandatory CPR course, conducted by none other than Captain Awesome himself.
TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX, 8PM EST) MR. FERGUSON IS ILL TODAY
Riley and John abscond to Mexico with unfortunate consequences; Sarah encounters Ellison in a face-to-face meeting.
PRISON BREAK (FOX, 9PM EST) THE LEGEND
Gretchen gives Michael the rest of the bird book, but he suffers another seizure after deciphering it, so the others must carry out his two-pronged plan: one leading back to the basement, the other to an architect named David Allen Baker (Keith Szarabajka). Meanwhile, Pad Man goes forward with his plan to move Scylla, and Self is told by an influential senator that the deal Homeland Security made with the gang is "off the table."
HEROES (NBC, 9PM EST) VILLAINS
Hiro follows Arthur in the past to uncover what drove him to create Pinehearst; Meredith's brother disrupts her new life and training under the tutelage of Thompson (Eric Roberts); and Elle and Noah's persistence prevents Sylar from stopping his quest.
MY OWN WORST ENEMY (NBC, 10PM EST) THAT IS NOT MY SON
Henry awakens amidst gunfire during Edward's mission and places a panicked call to Mavis, which a fellow agent (Michelle Krusiec) overhears. Elsewhere, Mary's suspicions about Tom are confirmed.
FRINGE (FOX, 8PM EST) IN WHICH WE MEET MR. JONES
The appearance of a strange parasite inside the body of an ailing FBI agent prompts a hurried trip to Germany for Olivia, who learns even more unpleasant news from a man imprisoned there. Meanwhile, Dr. Bishop and Peter try to read a dead man's brain waves.
THE MENTALIST (CBS, 9PM EST) RED HANDED
The investigation of a casino owner's death finds Jane working his skills at the card table to solve the murder---and win some cash.
KNIGHT RIDER (NBC, 8PM EST) I WANNA ROCK N’ ROLL ALL KNIGHT
Mike and KITT rev up to take down a politically connected criminal couple who are out to reveal classified information related to Knight Industries.
GHOST HUNTERS (SCIFI, 9PM EST) ALL ACCESS
TAPS recalls their favorite investigations. Host: Josh Gates.
SMALLVILLE (CW, 8PM EST) ABYSS
Brainiac slowly takes over Chloe's mind until the only person she remembers is Davis. In an effort to save her, Clark rebuilds the Fortress of Solitude in order to seek help from Jor-El.
SUPERNATURAL (CW, 9PM EST) I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER
Sam and Dean search for a young woman who can hear conversations between angels after Ruby tells them a powerful demon is on the prowl to find her.
ELEVENTH HOUR (CBS, 10PM EST) FROZEN
Hood investigates when a woman's frozen body is discovered on a hot beach and it shows no signs of thawing.
LIFE ON MARS (CBS, 10PM EST) TUESDAY’S DEAD
A hostage crisis at County Hospital finds Sam, Ray, Annie and Lt. Hunt in a gunman's crosshairs while he tries to force a doctor to reverse a dangerous operation on the hostage taker's brother. Meanwhile, Sam is troubled by a phone call in which he seems to hear his mother's voice in 2008 begging him to wake up.
CRUSOE (NBC, 8PM EST) LONG PIG
Crusoe has a crisis of conscience when he considers stealing a boat from cannibals who brought captives to the island.
STARGATE ATLANTIS (SCIFI, 9PM EST) REMNANTS
Woolsey faces an uncertain future in the form of a performance evaluation; Zelenka and McKay examine an object discovered on the ocean floor; Sheppard encounters an ambush.
SANCTUARY (SCIFI, 9PM EST) THE FIVE
Magnus goes to Rome to attend a secret meeting of abnormals, and learns from an old colleague that a dangerous organization is tracking her. Meanwhile, Will probes disturbing matters at the Sanctuary.
LEGEND OF THE SEEKER (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS) BRENNIDON
Richard travels to Brennidon, the village of his birth, and finds that the D'Harans have assumed control.
SIMPSONS (FOX, 8PM EST) HOMER AND LISA EXCHANGE
Lisa becomes an expert at solving crossword puzzles and enters a tournament, where Homer gets involved with an underground betting ring. Voices include crossword editor Will Shortz and crossword creator Merl Reagle as themselves.
FAMILY GUY (FOX, 9PM EST) TALES OF THIRD GRADE NOTHING
Peter strives for a promotion at the brewery because he wants a key to the executive bathroom, but first he has to go back to school because he never passed third grade. Meanwhile, Brian and Frank Sinatra Jr. (who provides his own voice) buy the down-on-its-heels Quahog Cabana Club, but it's Stewie who livens it up. Voice of Angela: Carrie Fisher.
TRUE BLOOD (HBO, 9PM EST) TO LOVE IS TO BURY
Bill satisfies the requirements of his punishment; Tara's call for help is answered by a good Samaritan; Lafayette surprises a two-faced state senator on the campaign trail; Jason gets in more trouble with the law; and Sookie tries to find the meaning of her latest vision.