Happy Memorial Day

Thanks to all the veterans and their families who have served this country over the years. If you see a veteran over the next few days, it's OK to shake his or her hand and say thanks.

R.I.P. GARY COLEMAN AND DENNIS HOPPER: The former, best known for his role on "Different Strokes," died from injuries sustained in a fall. The latter, best known for his movie roles in films ranging from "Easy Rider" to "Blue Velvet," died from cancer.

'LOST' COMMENT: Just after last week's series finale of "Lost," I e-mailed Emmy award winner Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus on the show. I congratulated him on the end of the series and asked him what he thought it all meant.

Here was his reply, received yesterday: Haha-- it's a great finale, Phil and part of what makes it great is that it is open to so much rich interpretation! I say the crash was real, the island was real and everything that happened there was real. Eventually everyone died but they clung to a dream of life happier than the real one. But the happy dream of life couldn't keep the real story from leaking in and forcing acceptance. No one could move on into the afterlife until their accounts were settled and they had found a love-match or a forgiveness-match to accompany them. It is an Alchemy of Redemption. It's about a kind of Positive Purgatory.


MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Between the holiday and the end of the TV season, there's little on that's new. ABC does air a new "Bachelorette" at 8 p.m., followed by "True Beauty," yet another so-called reality series.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals (NBC, 8 p.m.) airs tonight as well.

AMC has war-related movies going on all day, as does Turner Classic Movies.