Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. Especially if you fall into any of these categories: a) you see dead people, b) you work with a bunch of weird and smelly cab drivers, c) you hunt down escaped antiquities possessed by evil, or d) you have to put up with your in-laws, who are on opposite sides of the law. Why, just ask any of the heroines from this week’s TV On DVD releases from CBS/Paramount.
Ghost Whisperer: The Fourth Season
The premise of the show is this: Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt, who also co-produces the series) is in-tune with the spirit world, whether she likes it or not. Most of the time, she does not. But, in this season, when she is separated from her hubby Jim (David Conrad), her unusual gift gives them a second chance. Series regular Jay Mohr bids adieu to the show this season, giving a chance for Jamie Kennedy to step in. After Jamie leaves, they’ll probably cast Matthew Lillard — and then Scott Wolf.
Personally, I’m not a fan. I prefer Medium. Ghost Whisperer is far too dreamy for me, especially now that it has added its love-from-beyond-the-grave storyline. But, the show must have something going for it, since it’s still going strong on television and has built up a fan base. On DVD, The Fourth Season is given another solid anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer with English 5.1 and Stereo soundtracks. Special features consist of several webisodes, cast/crew interviews, some behind-the-scenes stuff, and several rather silly interactive games that most people over 30 will probably roll their eyes at.
Taxi: The Fourth Season
Ah, the classic sitcom returns. And it’s about time, too — the entire series was put on hold back in 2004 from CBS/Paramount for reasons unknown (I would guess that it was a rights issue — for instance, Billy Joel’s song from “Vienna Waits” but who knows for sure?). Taxi: The Fourth Season is definitely a highpoint of the series, with all of the show’s familiar characters at their zaniest. We begin with Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd) having visions of death — Alex’s death to be precise. But Alex (Judd Hirsch) remains a non-believer in Jim’s less-than-reputable psychic abilities. Meanwhile, Elaine (Marilu Henner) tries to get Latka (Andy Kaufman) to consult a shrink about his multiple personalities. This season resulted in a second Emmy for recurring guest star Carol Kane (as Kaufman’s confused love interest) and features guest appearances by Tom Hanks and Ted Danson (to name a few).