The Must List: December 8, 2006
1. ‘MEN IN TREES’
Anne Heche is crazy good in ABC’s new Thursday-night romance-drama (rom-dram?), where she plays a big-city relationship expert who relocates to the wilds of Alaska. Preview >
2. SUPERFICIAL FRIENDS WEBISODES
Watch Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and the Olsen twins battle the likes of Wilmer Valderrama and Pamela Anderson. (Heavy.com)
3. ‘THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN, VOLUME 1,’ BY NEIL GAIMAN
Bound in a deluxe edition are the first 20 issues of the landmark comic-book series that actually made Death seem…cool.
The quirky medical comedy — starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison — administers just the right dosage of laughs and heart in its sixth season on NBC. Review >
5. MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL IN ‘STRANGER THAN FICTION’
While we didn’t care for this soulless piece of Charlie Kaufman lite, we were much charmed by her gruff but winning turn as Will Ferrell’s love interest. Review >
6. ‘ALIAS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION’
Watch Jennifer Garner kick into action as Agent Sydney Bristow on all five seasons of the cool spy drama, on DVD.
7. MICHAEL HOGAN ON ‘BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’
His Colonel Tigh is hard-drinking and as tough as the skin of an old Cylon: just the battle-tested qualities you’d expect in Adama’s XO. Review >
8. ‘HELL HATH NO FURY,’ CLIPSE
Along with the fury are more killer rhymes and insane beats from Pusha T and Malice — the Virginia-based sibling rappers behind 2002’s brilliant Lord Willin’. Review >
9. ‘ST. ELSEWHERE: SEASON ONE’
On DVD: Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Alfre Woodard, and, um, Howie Mandel are just a few of the stars who got their start on this Emmy-honored hospital drama that ran from 1982 to 1988.
10. ‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’
A two-DVD presentation of a holiday classic that still — nearly 60 years after its release — has the power to make us feel all mushy inside.