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Notes From A Viewing Life

By RD Heldenfels Published: March 22, 2006

2.I'll be in a cone of silence re ''Veronica Mars'' for the next few days, since it's being pre-empted on the local UPN affiliate for a Cleveland Cavs game. Have already made note of the delayed-telecast time -- 9 p.m. Saturday -- and now just have to remember to set the DVR.

I suppose I should be grateful that I don't have to worry about one more show tonight, especially when ''Lost'' is new (finally) and I have to keep tabs on ''American Idol.'' (Barring technical difficulties, there should be a post-''Idol'' podcast with me and Amy Gustafson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press online later tonight.)

But, as I said in an earlier post, it's been such a long time since we had new ''Veronicas'' and last week's newbie wasn't that good. So I'm ready for something better. All right, I'm ready for anything. I just hope tonight's ''Lost'' measures up.

I did have fun this morning when I finally got to last night's ''Amazing Race.'' Almost did a complete post on it called ''Nice Guys Finish First -- and Last'' because the cast at the moment is for the most part kind of likable -- or at least not making me hate anyone. Yes, I could have done without the Overheated Guys' latest blunt longing for women. But it was still overall the ''Race'' the way I like it -- competitive, entertaining (loved the bottle-bashing stunt) and not mean-spirited.

As for tonight's viewing, I have seen ''Heist'' (the new NBC series, not the superior David Mamet movie) and you don't have to. It's a caper series, one of several out there at the moment, and I was bored with the caper before the first episode was over. It has hoped for comparisons to ''Mr. and Mrs. Smith'' (the Brangelina movie, not the 1996 series starring Scott Bakula and Maria Bello), since ''Smith'' director Doug Liman is also involved with ''Heist.''

But when you stopped staring at the stars, '"Smith'' was an empty movie. ''Heist'' also feels like a show getting by on superficial charm -- all looks and style with nothing much to support it, other than the sublime presence of Seymour Cassel. In other words, it's Ace Young.

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