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Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 21, 2007; 1:00 PM

Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes was online Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. ET to talk about this week's launches: season debut of "Prison Break," the new "K-ville," "Back to You" and "Gossip Girl" and the controversial "Kid Nation."

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De Moraes has written "The TV Column" for The Post since 1998. She served as the TV editor for the entertainment industry trade publication the "Hollywood Reporter" for almost a decade.

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Harrisburg, Pa.: Is it me, or is some of the dialogue on some of these detective shows innane? I watched a show where a detective points to a letter "y" and asks "is that a y"? This is a brilliant detective asking elementary school level questions? Are most TV detectives smarter than a fifth grader?

Lisa de Moraes: Love it. Which detective show was it? Monk? Closer?

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So what did you think of "Gossip Girl"?: And...I'm so psyched for Monday -- "How I Met Your Mother" AND "Heroes"!

Lisa de Moraes: Barney Barney Barney!.....

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Lisa de Moraes: Oops... forgot to answer the first part, in re "Gossip Girl." I adore it; it's so bad/good..Especially love Evil Prep-Lad...

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NoVa:"Kid Nation" is snarkalicious!I got caught in a waiting room when it was on and was forced to watch it. I loved that they gave the gold star worth $20,000 to the kids who complained the most! But I think the parents of those younger kids should be reported to child protective services. Those 8-year-olds are way too young. I think it would be a great show if all the kids were 13 and older, because they think they know everything anyway.

Lisa de Moraes: Interestingly, the one eight year old was smarter than his parents -- smart enough to know he was not mature enough to handle this ordeal. He's a hero in my book. I think they went with kids as young as eight for the "cute" factor. By the time they're the age of that white-collar-criminal-in-the-making Greg - the 15 year old who think it makes him look like a big guy to bully small kids (waggling my pinky finger) -- they're totally not cute. I found myself hoping he's the one who drank the bleach. Does that make me a bad person? But is anyone besides me disappointed in how very much this show is NOT about letting the kids alone to form their own society? I feel like I've been had!

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Washington, D.C.: I think "30 Rock" is the funniest show on TV in a long, long time. Didn't Alec Baldwin want to quit the show, but NBC wouldn't release him? Will he still be on it, and if so, is it against his will?

Lisa de Moraes: No. He went through those motions when he was trying to look saintly to undo the PR damage caused by release of that tape in which he was verbally abusing his daughter. He said he was going to quit the show to devote himself 24/7 to his daughter. Yeah, right. Anyway, once he settled down, he stopped saying that. BTW, he'd signed a contract to be on the show a few more years and since he IS the show, no way was NBC going to let him go. But it never came to that. He just needed to stop drinking the Stupid Juice...

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Vienna, Va.: What's the buzz on Ken Burns' "The War"?

Lisa de Moraes: Sadly, the buzz seems to be entirely about which Hispanic groups are okay with the changes, which Hispanic groups are not happy with the changes....

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San Bruno, Calif.: Can you explain how a great show like "Mad Men" ending up on AMC, rather than HBO, or another pay-cable channel?

Lisa de Moraes: I don't know whether it was first pitched to AMC or whether it wound up at AMC. It is such a nicely done show (can't you see that on an AMC ad: Nicely Done Show: Washington Post

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D.C.: Have you seen "Cane"? Is it the comeback of "Kingpin", the fantastic Mexican druglord family drama mini-series? That show had so many fascinating characters and hints of stories to follow when it was canceled.

Lisa de Moraes: I'd forgotten all about "Kingpin" -- clearly not eating enough fish since my rest cure....Cane is a bit much, but there is an audience for it, if you're in to soaps. Jimmy Smits needs to lose about 20 pounds, but now I'm just being catty....

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Charlottesville, Va.: So, did you watch "Survivor China"? I thought it was pretty good and will keep watching as long as that hot grave digger is still around!

Lisa de Moraes: I'm reconsidering cremation...

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Mt. Pleasant, Washington, D.C.: Isn't MTV's "Real World" the grandfather of reality TV shows? Or doesn't it count because it's on cable?

Lisa de Moraes: More like "Candid Camera" and "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour", etc....

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Falls Church, Va.: Hi Lisa,

Any word on whether Rob Corddry will return to the Daily Show? He was on one episode last week. I think he's great. Thanks.

Lisa de Moraes: Gosh I hope so. He's great -- and Daily Show could sure use him; some of their correspondents these days aren't great -- like the guy who did the "Kid Nation" "report" this week -- gak...

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Herndon, Va.: Do you think "Bionic Woman" has a serious chance? The commercials make it sound good, but as the old saying goes, it's about the sizzle and not the steak.

Lisa de Moraes: In theory yes, because it's a much-loved franchise and you know how devoted Scary Sci-Fi people are to their franchises...but the recasting, new show runners, etc. is usually not great news. And, of course the cynical Isaiah Washington stuntcasting smells of desperation, doesn't it?

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Falls Church, Va.: My friends (all in our 30s) and I enjoy getting together weekly to watch "Lost." Since it is not returning until February, what do you think might be a suitable new Fall show(s) to tide us over until February?

Lisa de Moraes:"Cavemen." Okay, I'm just messing with you... If you're asking me what new show is the most "Lost" like, that's hard to answer. Mostly the networks are shying away from those kinds of shows this fall, because they've done so poorly. They plunge in ratings when the nets take them off during the December rerun-season, don't repeat at all, ensemble cast costs a fortune if the show does any business, etc. Of course there's always "Heroes" but you already know about that. Maybe "Journeyman," which is serialized and has some kind of mythology -- or else it's just nuts, hard to say. And I seem to be the only person on the planet who's seen it and plans to watch again....

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Alexandria, Va.: Submitting early due to a meeting. I have gone ga-ga over "Tell Me You Love Me" on HBO. How is it doing as far as ratings? Do you think this is a series that HBO will continue for more than one season?

Lisa de Moraes: Not well. Apparently people are embarrassed about watching porn in primetime. They'd rather do it in the privacy of late night...Am I the only one who doesn't want to see the former head of the National Endowment for the Arts having sex, even stage sex? It's like watching Santa Clause in the sack with Mrs. Claus -- ick, ick, ick....

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Something to replace my "Gilmore Girls": Alright, I need a witty show with fast-dialogue and excellent pop culture references to fill the void left by the Gilmores. What should I look out for this year?

Lisa de Moraes:"Reaper." Except it's not a chic soap... So if you're a chick and want all the "GG" touchy feely stuff, that's not gonna do it for you. If you want the girlie stuff, definitely hold out for either of those "Sex and the City" knockoffs from Candace Bushnell herself or Darren Star: "Cashmere Mafia" and "Lipstick Jungle."

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"some of their correspondents": True, but Jon Oliver, Aasif Mandvi and Larry Wilmore are great.

Lisa de Moraes: Larry Wilmore is a god.....Jon Oliver is great...I'm not a huge fan of Aasif Mandvi. Sometimes he's good -- sometimes very much not...

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Gaithersburg: Is there something wrong with me that I'm really not enthused about any of the new shows?

Lisa de Moraes: Yes, there is something wrong with you. This is a fun season...Lots of swinging for the fences. None of it may work but the ride will be fun for a while...

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RE: Tell Me You Love ME: I refuse to watch any show that stars "Bizarro Jerry" from that episode of "Seinfeld."

Lisa de Moraes:...another compelling reason.

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Arlington, Va.: If you only had time to pick up one new TV show this fall, which would it be and why?

Lisa de Moraes:"Pushing Daisies" because it's gorgeous and charming and different is probably too nichy to succeed on a broadcast network and I'm a sucker for an underdog...remember, I loved "Keen Eddie" AND "Wonderfalls"....

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Barney: One of my most favorite TV characters of all time.

Lisa de Moraes: His role of a lifetime... Wish this show (we're talking about "How I Met Your Mother" here) was on another network, which would automatically give it 100 percent more buzz. What is is about CBS's Monday sitcoms that they get no props? "2.5 Men" would be all the rage if it was on NBC...life is so unfair sometimes..

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Alexandria, Va.: Please settle a dispute. All parties have agreed to abide by your ruling. One of my coworkers DVRs "Grey's Anatomy" and watches it Friday night. She has asked us to keep Fridays spoiler-free and save our post-show analysis until Monday. One of our other coworkers said that you said in your chat last week that in today's world we can't tolerate spoiler-free requests. I say this latter person is misinterpreting what you said. Thanks for your help.

Lisa de Moraes: Tell your DVR co-worker to get up and leave the room! I'm sick and tired of the DVR police! (I'm sure your co-worker is a lovely person in every other respect, except for thinking she is the center of the TV universe) If someone decides to DVR the whole season and watch it all over one weekend, do you have to not talk about "GA" until May?

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Falls Church, Va.:"'Kingpin', the fantastic Mexican druglord family drama mini-series?"

I thought "Kingpin" was an Amish bowling movie with Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid. Didn't know they'd made a TV show of it...

Lisa de Moraes: You're thinking of the UPN reality series "Amish in the Lanes."....

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La Jolla, Calif.: I heard that Pushing Daisies has had its budget whacked such that all future episodes must be filmed on one set using only second-hand patio furniture. That may not be true, though.

Lisa de Moraes: Close. What happened, we hear, is that Barry Sonnenfield thought the budget he got for the pilot episode was the budget he was going to get for every episode -- silly man - and was spending money like...well, me at Barneys. ABC put the kibosh on that...

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New season?: I live abroad, so I rely on iTunes for my TV fix. Two questions:

Will "Heroes" be available considering the NBC kerfuffle?

And (I can ask this because my job is stressful and I need fluff in my life) when do the new seasons of "America's Next Top Model" and "Project Runway" start???

Lisa de Moraes:"Top Model" started this week. When I have more coffee the date for the retun of "Project Runway will come to me. And what "Heroes" kerfuffle are you speaking of? Do you mean NBC's recent non-deal to make shows available on iTunes and their new announcement they were going to offer episodes of their shows themselves, for free, only they're set to blow up after seven days, and with ads you can't clean out which makes them slightly less desirable than re-learning how to use your VCR and tape them, or buying a TiVo and storing them until you want to watch them, not necessarly within seven days, and to be able to speed through the ads? If so, then no...

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Washington, DC: Hi Lisa. Did you happen to see Anthony's new show this week? If so, what did you think? I missed it, but I've heard good things. Thanks!

Lisa de Moraes: Are you talking about "K-ville?" It's okay but I think it needs to decide whether it wants to be a pyrotechnic action extravaganza, or a character-centric show about rebuilding New Orleans, which is far more interesting... first episode they did not seem to have figured it out.

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Washington, D.C.: J.D. and Elliot on Scrubs - together or not? What would you want? What do you think Bill Lawrence will do? He's shown a willingness to make us think they'll get together and then torn them apart in an instant.

Lisa de Moraes: I don't play that game. It's soooo NBC, these will-they, won't-they romantic teases. I got over that with "Friends" and "Good Morning Miami" (ugh) and I'm not falling for it ever again...

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Multi-camera comedies?: Pookie, a Fall TV Preview mag piece (probably EW) about "Back to You" mentioned the fact that it's a "multi-camera" show probably five times. What's the big deal? I'm inferring that they're pretty rare these days, but why should we care?

Lisa de Moraes: You shouldn't...it's just more of the The Sitcom is Dead blather...

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re: Daily Show: What about Rob Riggle? I think he's the funniest of the bunch, even though he reminds me of Patrick Warburton (David Puddy from "Seinfeld").

Lisa de Moraes: Also very good at times, but not always... Larry Wilmore, on the other hand, is flawless...

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Fredericksburg, Va.: I need to put up the banner for "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" airing on FX. It is one of the most unique comedy's to come out in a long time. Great writing, good characters - one wag described it as "Seinfeld" on acid! A perfect description!

Lisa de Moraes: I watch, Seinfeld, sir, and "IASiP" is no Seinfeld... Even on acid... I watched a big fat plug, masquerading as an "interview," of one of the "Philly" producers on the Fox movie channel the other day, and the guy couldn't stop talking about how surprised and flattered he is that people keep comparing his show to "Seinfeld." As if!

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Southwest DC: Sorry for the simple question, but when is "Lost" supposed to start? It isn't starting next week is it?

Lisa de Moraes: Not until the second half of the season. After driving away as many viewers as possible using the ancient play pattern which does not work for serialized dramas with "mythology" -- you know, launch in fall, pull in December, bring back in April, etc....ABC finally decided to mimic the "24" play pattern and bring it on the second half of the season and run it without interruption. Sadly, NBC is not doing same with "Heroes" this year, which they will regret...

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Ashton, Md.:"Journeyman"? So this guy goes back in time to like 1997 and saves someone from getting run over by a bus. But warn people about 911 coming, he can't be bothered? How long does this show last?

Lisa de Moraes: I know, I know! But there are reasons. At least, I've been assured there are reasons...And, while we're speaking of "Duh" how about every single season of "24" and the 18- wheelers you can drive through the holes in those storylines? Don't give me that argument...

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Sun Prairie, Wis.: Thank you, THANK YOU for finally calling out "will they or won't they" as tired and uninteresting! It ruined "The Office" for me. I would not mind if I never see another slow-burn non-relationship again.

Lisa de Moraes: NBC needs to find a new playbook...

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Dirty Sexy Money: What's your take? I love Peter Krause and Donald Sutherland, and anything that lets Jill Clayburgh play a rich loon I'm all for. Guilty pleasure or soapy fun?

Lisa de Moraes: Both.. Full disclosure: I'd watch Donald Sutherland sell cars for an hour a week, so I'm not the best judge of this show...

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Heroes Hiatus: What about the Vote for America's Top New Hero promotion?

Lisa de Moraes: Paleeze -- that is sooo lame.

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will they or won't they ploys...: Yeah, NBC did the same thing for 8 years with "Will & Grace." By the way, have you ever watched this show in the mornings called "Today?" There is this character named Matt Lauer on there and the actor who plays him is really good.

Lisa de Moraes: lol...cute too, dontcha think? But why do they have him on with his mother?

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Clifton, Virginia: Lisa,

I read the Fall TV Preview in the Post and could not figure out which programs you actually liked. Can you list your top 5 "must see" shows? Personally, I want to like Life, but largely because I am a big Damian Lewis fan. The rest just seems like so much dreck. Seriously, why even bother producing shows like Carpoolers and Cavemen? Do TV executives sit around saying "I know that this is just a horrible piece of comedy writing, but we need to put something on the air."

Lisa de Moraes: I have just one thing to say about that "That 70's Show." and "According to Jim." --okay, that's two things. Just because you and I think something is a horrible bit of programming, does not mean it is not going to be popular with a large swath of the population.

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Is something wrong with me?: Not only do I not think "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is funny, I really can't handle Larry David. I just want to punch him in the face. Though I admit I like him better now that he's jettisoned the insufferable Mrs...

Do I need help? Should I give the show one more shot, load up on the DVDs, and hope for the best?

Lisa de Moraes: You know, I did not like the show at first, but now I'm a fan. I think I just needed to get a little more old, crabby and jaded before I could appreciate it. Fortunately, I have...maybe that's your problem too in re this series...

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Warshington: What is it about Patricia Heaton ("Back to You", "Everybody Loves Raymond") that is soooo annoying?? I can't stand her!

Lisa de Moraes: I think it's that she has no neck... and a very short torso...

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Bionic Woman: Was in middle school during the original run. Amazon.com has the first episode online and I absolutely loved it on my laptop. Can't wait to see it on the real TV. I hope it lasts. Starbuck playing the villain was the most fun.

Lisa de Moraes: She's the best thing in the show, for sure...

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Fairfax, Va.: I really enjoy "Medium." What's up with NBC not premiering it until Jan.? Are they trying to kill it?

Lisa de Moraes: No, they're trying to goose its ratings by eliminating the reruns....

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Boston: Are they kidding with all the boobs on "Survivor"?

Lisa de Moraes:...sagging ratings...hahahaha...(sorry)..

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Morristown, N.J.: How did "Back To You" do in the ratings? While it doesn't break any new sitcom ground, I kinda liked it. Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton as such good actors that they make the writing sound better than it is, and I think it has the potential to keep getting better each week.

Lisa de Moraes: It beat "Kid Nation" which is something, considering "KN" got all the buzz...

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Hudson Valley, N.Y.: Lisa, my TV Guide came packaged this week with one of the weirdest promotional items ever -- a full-size paper hospital gown covered with a repeating design of the "Grey's Anatomy" logo (mentioning the premiere date, of course). I was so appalled by the mindlessness of it -- this thing was huge and utterly useless -- that I fired off an e-mail to ABC telling them I wouldn't watch their premiere after all. What else can I do to protest this idiotic squandering of resources done in the name of cuteness?

Lisa de Moraes: You can remind them that the networks have all promised to go "green" this year and it is a hideous waste of paper...or I can in a column....

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Dan Bakkedahl: Let's just own it openly. Dan Bakkedahl is awful. The rest are great to good.

Lisa de Moraes: okay by me...

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Original/early reality shows: And "An American Family" with the Louds in 1973 on PBS. I've only seen excerpts, but it's both interesting and odd. Can't say I wish I was a member of this angsty family, and the clothes give me weird flashbacks. But it's worth checking out if the follow up film on Lance Loud turns up on PBS again.

Lisa de Moraes: yeah, you wonder how that got on the air on PBS. It surely could not now...

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Pittsburgh: Any chance that "Ugly Betty" can avoid the sort of sophomore slump that often affects first-year hits?

Lisa de Moraes: I truly hope so, this is such a little gem...

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Pushing Daisies : I have been looking forward to this new show, but the news that Molly Shannon is doing an extended guest spot has me a little put off. I mean I can only deal with one or two hyper cast members. I mean Kristin Chenoweth and Molly Shannon--I think my head just exploded.

Lisa de Moraes: Molly Shannon is a deal killer for me too...I wept buckets when I heard that...

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So, where was I?: Okay, so watching "Gossip Girl" and hearing Kristen Bell's voice as the blogger shocked me. I just found out "Veronica Mars" is canceled! Why, why why? Such a good show...

Lisa de Moraes: You JUST found out Veronica Mars was cancelled? Where have you been hiding since May? It's because nobody was watching, pookie -- at least not enough people to merit bring it back with all the raises everybody wanted...

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Don't Like Curb Your Enthusiasm: This show always makes me uncomfortable. Person who doesn't like it, you're not alone.

Lisa de Moraes: See, more people who aren't yet crabby/jaded enough. You are not along. I'm out of time. Bye.

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