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The West Wing is about to get crowded

Most notably, Rob Lowe will return as Sam Seaborn for the final two episodes. I know there had been a lot of speculation about Lowe's return, but now it's happening. Also set to reprise their roles:

* Mary-Louise Parker (Amy Gardner)
* Anna Deavere Smith (Nancy McNally)
* Emily Proctor (Ainsley Hayes)
* Marlee Matlin (Joey Lucas)
* Gary Cole (VP Bob Russell)
* Tim Matheson (Ex-VP John Hoynes)
* Timothy Busfield (Danny Concanon)
* Annabeth Gish (Elizabeth Bartlet Westin)


Squee! SQUEE! More squee! As if the J/D stuff wasn't enough incentive--I am SO gonna be tuning in for the rest of the season. I'm not gonna like it, I'm sure, but I'll be glued to the TV nonetheless.

Last night's Gilmore Girls was just plain lame. Not stab-myself-in-the-eye hateful like a Daniel Palladino episode, just kinda boring. I don't care about Christopher and Gigi and whether or not she's spoiled. And what was even the point of Rory's panel? To bore us to tears? To fill time? And Rory needs to grow the fuck up. You don't cut someone out of your life, refuse to talk to them for weeks and then try to claim that you weren't officially broken up and they should have stayed faithful to you. Unless you're a complete tool, that is. And Lane and Zack? I have nothing (much) against Zach, but if the writers seriously expect us to accept that they're gonna get engaged out of the blue like that after not talking for months, they have obviously lost all grip on reality. Why is it that none of the characters on this show seem to have the ability to actually talk and work through problems? They all just run away, shut down, and then miraculously make up whenever sweeps rolls around. What. Ever.

There were, however three highlights that saved it from being a complete waste of an hour:
1. Sebastian Bach singing "Hollaback Girl" - I nearly peed myself I was laughing so hard.
2. Danny Strong a) drunk and b) wearing Rory's coat. Awesome.
3. Luke's handling of Lane after the proposal. So cute. And I needed some Cute!Luke after the last hideous episode.

Rumors continue to circulate around the internets about Arrested Development and Showtime, but STILL nothing official or even vaguely reliable sounding. Gah. Give me something, people!

Comments

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dutch38
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
When I read the first line, I thought, "Dude, TWW has been crowded for at least the past three seasons." But this is monumental news. Kickin' it old school means I'll be watching as well. (Never thought I'd say that again...)

I wonder if Special Agent Gina Toscano can be borrowed from the Las Vegas Crime Lab to push a nosy reporter into a fridge, just for nostalgia's sake.
austin360
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Special Agent Gina Toscano! Wheee! That would be pretty sweet.
hannasus
Mar. 1st, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
If Ainsley can take off from the ballistics lab in Miami, surely Gina can take a brief sojourn from Vegas.
pookha
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Squeeee! Oh man. Now I really am going to have to watch the rest of the season. :) Yay Ainsley!!
em_meredith
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
We should have a finale get-together!
pookha
Mar. 1st, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Great idea!!!!!!!! Love the icon, btw. :)
mikijean
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
So, if I agree to TiVo TWW, will y'all promise to make note of when the kissing is so you can forewarn me and I can fast-forward through those parts? ;) Because that commercial was so scarring I still had the retinal burn image in my way while I was trying to watch ski jumping. ;)

I'm intrigued to see what they do with the returnees, though--I haven't read what they intend to do about John Spencer's (tragic) absence, but if they have Leo die, could that be where Ainsley comes in? I always loved their relationship (not 'ship! Just relationship, darn it. ;)
kelbelle
Mar. 1st, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
So, if I agree to TiVo TWW, will y'all promise to make note of when the kissing is so you can forewarn me and I can fast-forward through those parts? ;) Because that commercial was so scarring I still had the retinal burn image in my way while I was trying to watch ski jumping. ;)

For real...massively awesome. Just. Heh. Yeah.
hannasus
Mar. 1st, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
The kissing is going to commence on March 12, I believe. Program your TiVo accordingly.

They've already filmed Leo's funeral, because Brad Whitford was talking about how weird it was because he was a pallbearer at John's funeral and then Josh was a pallbearer at Leo's funeral. *sob*
dutch38
Mar. 1st, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
OK, if there's going to be gross kissing, someone needs to prepare me for it. I watched no Olympics, I saw no previews.
hannasus
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe austin360 hasn't squealed at your over the Josh/Donna spoilers yet. She posted about them in her LJ a while back. I didn't read all of them because I like to be surprised, but I think the kissing is just the beginning.
dutch38
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, that. This is starting to look like the series finale of Little House on the Prairie when they blew up the house.
bgirlla
Mar. 1st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
You know what I want? I want someone to be talking about something that happened during the Bartlet admin so that we get a flashback that shows a new scene featuring Admiral SissyMary since Wells was evil and killed him off.

Beat that with a stick!
alanao
Mar. 1st, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Maybe something about the secret affair he was having with the NSA advisor.

(Sus, now you have to use your OTP icon.)
hannasus
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
GIP!
alanao
Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Yay!
alanao
Mar. 1st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Now I never thought I'd be happy to see Rob Lowe and his big stupid hair, but here we are. Will Congressman Santos ask Congressman (or whatever he is) Seaborn to be his running mate?

I haven't seen the kissing commercial yet, but damned if I'm not super excited about it!

Your 3 Gilmore Girls moments were my top 3 of the night too. Honor's friends were SO LAME. Worst exposition ever. Though I'm pretty sure that one of them was at Rory's debutante ball and was drunk then too. I thought Lane & Zach were quite cute, and they'll probably be married on June 3rd, but yeah, not appropriate. Like, maybe talk a little bit and reconcile before you propose.
tlbelle
Mar. 1st, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the kissing commercial yet, but damned if I'm not super excited about it!

I watched so much of those Olympics and didn't see it until the very last day. I almost fell off the couch. Once upon a time I said that I didn't need to see this, but turns out that I'm pretty excited about it. Who knew?
franlock
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
1. Sebastian Bach singing "Hollaback Girl" - I nearly peed myself I was laughing so hard.

I know! That was awesome. I found it particularly funny since I've been to a bat mitzvah and that's what it's like. The only thing worth watching on GG currently (In my opinion) is the Lane-Band stuff. I absolutely cannot stand April! It’s like Amy Sherman Palladino is trying to reincarnate a younger, more annoying version of Rory.
mcsister
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
Your three highlights from GG matched mine exactly. "Hollaback Girl" was the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time.

Yay for all the old school WW people returning!
fullycompletely
Mar. 2nd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aw. This post and its comments make me happy. And considering it implies kissing that is saying quite something.

I keep telling myself to watch but I haven't managed to yet. I think there will be pain involved. I was kinda hoping, with the Leo storyline, they might have Mallory around. :/
dutch38
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Aw. This post and its comments make me happy.

I know. ::sniff:: It's almost like an episode thread on testy's boards.
hannasus
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
/lick
fullycompletely
Mar. 2nd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Beat me to it.
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