I seem to be in the minority by thinking that this last season of The Sopranos was boring. In fact, I found most of the past year on television to be unexciting. So I looked for treasures in hidden places.
|BEST FILM AND TELEVISION OF 2004|
|::||BEST TELEVISION 2004||By Michael Abernethy|
I should admit up front that I'm a bad television reviewer. I haven't joined the Arrested Development fan club and I don't know what's happening on Desperate Housewives. I really don't care about America's next or last top model. And I seem to be in the minority by thinking that this last season of The Sopranos was boring. In fact, I found most of the past year on television to be unexciting. So I looked for treasures in hidden places.
Unusual Couples, part one:
Like a Rock:
The Boss From Hell:
Unusual Couples, part two:
Angel of Mercy, Guest Star:
Angel of Mercy, Series Regular:
The New Claire Danes, Only Not:
Series Finale of the Year:
And my choice for up and coming director of the year would be Katja von Garneir, who made period piece Iron Jawed Angels (HBO) into a gripping, contemporary film.
So much for what I liked this year. Unfortunately, I found more on television to criticize than praise, so here is a short list of the things that irked me the most:
The Republican and Democratic National Conventions
Will & Grace (NBC)
Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru, Entertainment Tonight (syndicated)
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, The Apprentice (NBC)
And, of course, no end-of-the-year list of mine would be complete if I didn't point out that Fear Factor and Judge Judy are still the worst shows on television. But My Big, Fat, Obnoxious Fiancé isn't far behind.