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After all that we've been through, breaking up is hard to do.

Before the launch of the fall season, I sit down with myself and have a little strategy session. How am I going to fit in the new shows that I think are deserving of my attention and actually leave my couch every once in awhile? Some shows have got to go, be cast off. It's time (sniff) to say good-bye.

It pains me to say it but I think it's time to say farewell to "ER." Anyone object to that? The season finale just about did me in.

I also may need to move "Boston Legal" to an "only when nothing else is on" basis.

I'm moving "Prison Break" to a "two shows and you're out" status. Michael and his chain gang have two TV hours to prove to me that this whole "hey, we're back in prison" thing is going to work. I can't go on another chose your own adventure ride with those boys.

The big question is: will I be able to stick to it? After 13 years of watching "ER," can I actually stop? What about you? What shows are you casting off from your TV schedule to make room for "Reaper," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Samantha Who?" or any other show you are looking forward to? Write me at and I'll have your list of cast-offs next week.

Where Have I Seen Them Before?

"The Closer" continues to keep WHISTB in business this summer. That was S. Epatha Merkerson, Lt. Anita Van Buren on "Law & Order," as Brenda's doctor on "The Closer." Loretta was the first reader to be positively thrilled to see Francis Capra, Weevil on "Veronica Mars," as Miguel, the college bound baseball player who wanted to join a gang. Shawn recognized Geoffrey Rivas, Detective Sam Vega on "CSI," as Miguel's father Carlos.

Garrett recognized Carly Pope as the woman who slept with Sean and then sold the story to the tabloids on "The 4400." She was Sam on "Popular" and we just saw her as Garbo on "Dirt." And Glenn Morshower, my beloved Aaron Pierce on "24," was in charge of the army unit that invaded Promise City.

Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, is the headmaster of at Ari's children's school on "Entourage." He's also currently playing a professor on "Greek." Shanna Moakler, who was on "Dancing with the Stars," was the woman Turtle met on Craig's List. William Forsythe, Digger on "John Doe," was the private investigator Ari hired. William Ragsdale, Herman on "Herman's Head," Rob on "Grosse Pointe," and Charles on "Judging Amy," was his assistant. We also saw Ragsdale recently on "Desperate Housewives."

Ashley Williams is Vivi's friend Becca on "Side Order of Life." She was Dylan on "Good Morning Miami," Victoria on "How I Met Your Mother," and Alyssa on "Huff." Bill Cobbs is playing Clarence's brother. Cobbs was Elmer on "The Others," Tony on "The Drew Carey Show," and Mr. Bolivar on "October Road."

Nicole Sullivan is Kimmie, Kenny's pregnant girlfriend on "My Boys." She was Holly on "King of Queens," Carolyn on "Raines, Jill on "Scrubs," and Chloe on "Hot Proprieties." And, of course, we all recognized the brief cameo from Jack McBrayer, Kenneth the Page on "30 Rock."

Quotes of the Week

"I'd do that for a dollar." America's player Eric working in his assigned catch phrase on "Big Brother."

"Jesus, baby, what's wrong? You sound worse than when Harry Hamlin got voted off 'Dancing with the Stars.'" Ari to his wife on "Entourage."

"Are you a good guy or a bad guy?" Maya to Jordan on "The 4400."

More Things We Don't Need to See on TV Again

Last week I asked for your assistance in the TV Gal Public Service Announcement because, after all, we're here to help.

So TV show runners take note. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but we've had it with the following: