There aren't many better ways to nurse one of those weirdly pleasurable all-day-Sunday hangovers than slouching around and catching up with some random chunks of comfort TV. Denman St's small-screen obsession at the moment is The L Word, which I came into with no expectations whatsoever, but which is shockingly good once you get past the odd patch of clunky voiceover and an ever-so-slightly monotonous (but still luminous) Jennifer Beals. It's nowhere near the slavering exercise in Sex and the City-fied dyke chic I'd prejudicially assumed it would be; if anything, the ways the relationships develop and multiply and go wrong here keep showing up the distressingly shaky final season of Six Feet Under. If it's hard-ass lesbian credentials you're after, look no further than the directors they're hiring: Rose Troche, Lisa Cholodenko, Lynne Stopkewich. And in a terrific cast, the clear stand-out is the untouchably cool Kate Moennig (above), who elicits small, smitten yelps of heroine-worship from either end of our sofa whenever she appears.
There's less to be said about Grey's Anatomy, but it's quite fun, Ellen Pompeo is a classy lead, and a Patrick Dempsey comeback was at least as overdue as a Rob Lowe one. More clunky voiceover though. Do we really need to hear that it's a dog's life for an intern every time Ellen rolls out of bed? I wish screenwriters would practice this stuff aloud to themselves before foisting it on their cast - it never works. Did make me wonder, though, whether there might be mileage for Charlie Kaufman or whoever in writing deliberately pretentious and/or pseudo-poetic voiceover for a future movie. Sure, we get deliberately dim ones in Election or Clueless. But why not deliberately wanky? Post if you can think of any. Anyways, the other reason Grey's Anatomy compels my attention is a bit more basic; I know he's an ex Calvin Klein aftershave model who starred in The Musketeer, but just about the only thing sexier than Justin Chambers looking puppy-eyed and unkempt in surgical scrubs (right) is... well, you can probably guess. Nice locker room, GA production team. Use it.