In early honor of Valentine's Day, here are some trophies for my favorite TV couples:
Favorite Couple, over 40: Bill Adama-Laura Roslin, "Battlestar Galactica" -- When Laura finally said "I love you" to Bill last year, the culmination of a series of adventures that began with the destruction of their world, Bill's response of "It's about damn time" was the perfect sentiment. With Laura's cancer, we don't know how long they have left (well, actually we do -- about six episodes), but seeing these two great leaders come together has been as much a relief as anything.
Favorite Couple, under 40: Jim and Pam, "The Office" -- This one is a no-brainer. Anyone who thought the show might struggle after finally getting these two together should have their fears at rest by now. High moment for them? When Pam realized her eventual to marriage to Jim will be stronger than her parents' marriage, because of the way Jim described how he still gets excited when he sees her. Honorable mention: Chuck and Ned on "Pushing Daisies."
Favorite Bromance: J.D. and Turk, "Scrubs" -- There was a lot of competition for this one, with Wilson and House on "House" and Shawn and Gus on "Psych," but no one can deny the relationship between the two goofy docs, whether it be there love for all things "Sanford & Son" or their shared custody of a stuffed dog.
Favorite Fake Couple: Chuck and Sarah on "Chuck" -- I would think the worst thing in the world would be to have to pretend someone like Sarah is your girlfriend without actually being able to hook up with her. That's a new kind of torture. Poor Chuck.
Get A Room Already!: Bones and Booth, "Bones" -- These two have danced around each other for years, more than any two reasonable people who work so closely together. The producers are finally pushing them toward a romance this year, but c'mon guys, it should have happened years ago.
Pick one, already!: Kate on "Lost" -- You can't really blame Kate for vacillating between Jack and Sawyer, and each guy makes a pretty compelling argument as the one she should the rest of her life on a beautiful island with. Still, since the loser in this battle may end up with Juliet, it's really hard to feel sorry for either one of these guys.
Who are some of your favorite TV couples?
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: The much-ballyhooed crossover episode between "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" takes place tonight, as Addison turns to McDreamy to save her brother. This takes place in the wake of the rumor this week that "Grey's" stars T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigle are finally done after this season. Both shows follow a new "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 8 p.m.)
A new season of "Survivor" (CBS, 8 p.m.) kicks off tonight, sending the castaways to the Brazilian highlands. It's followed by a new "CSI" and a new "Eleventh Hour."
Fox airs the NAACP "Image Awards" tonight, beginning at 8 p.m.
NBC is all-new with its comedy lineup, followed by a new "ER" (NBC, 10 p.m.) directed by former star Eriq LaSalle.
On cable, "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.) is new and features another of my favorite couples, Michael and Fiona. Who wouldn't want a girl like Fiona -- beautiful, good with kids and can put together a rifle in the field blindfolded in under 30 seconds?
Finally, if you want an in-depth look at why the economy is so dead these days, check out the special "House of Cards" (CNBC, 8 p.m.), a two-hour report as to how we got to where we are now.