To some, the CWs Tuesday night lineup of The Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars makes perfect sense since both shows have female leads who are smart and incredibly quick with a quip. To others, Tuesday nights are all about the LogansHuntzberger and Echolls.
You have to wonder if CW programming executives even realized pairing these shows would mean a night of back-to-back Logans. Be it by accident or divine intervention, Tuesday nights are now a whole lot of fun.
Matt Czuchry plays Rorys boyfriend, the spoiled, rich, charmingly smirky recent college graduate Logan Huntzberger on The Gilmore Girls, while on Veronica Mars Jason Dohring plays Veronicas boyfriend, Logan Echolls, a spoiled, rich, newly-orphaned, charmingly smirky college boy. Both have suffered under domineering fathers. Huntzberger is constantly pressured by his businessman father into living up to the family name, while Echolls cant escape the looming shadow of his murdered murderer/movie star father and cant live down the Echolls name.
Both Logans have to be quick-witted to hold their ownlet alone get a word in edgewiseagainst the women in their lives. Viewers also want them to be worthy of Rory and Veronica, but the boys often do stupid things (Huntzberger playing the field after a fight with Rory, assuming theyd broken up but never bothering to tell her they had; Echolls telling Veronica hes at a lecture when hes really at an illegal on-campus casinolike anyone can lie to Veronica without her finding out).
On paper, they sound a lot alike, but these Logans are very different characters. Czuchrys Huntzberger often comes across as an incredibly wealthy version of Leave it To Beavers Eddie Haskell. A happy-go-lucky party boy with his friends, he knows how to make a good impression with Rorys elitist grandparents. Dohrings Echolls is a petulant bad boy using sarcasm to mask his pain.
Huntzberger has to deal with his controlling fathers unrealistic expectationsordering him to take a job in London against his will, and his mother telling Rory shes not good enough for him. Last season, a lot of viewers disliked how Logan brought out Rorys selfish side. But now that hes working in London, Rorys back to being Rory again.
Echolls actress-mother (apparently) committed suicide, his abusive actor-father had an affair with Logans high school sweetheart before killing her, and then later Logan was framed for killing a gang member. Little wonder Veronicas dad isnt quite ready to trust his daughters heart to Logan.
Im not sure if its because of the writing or the acting, but Echolls is my favorite Logan. Theres a vulnerability under the arrogance thats lacking in the more free-spirited Huntzberger.
Apparently, someone at CW realized the powerful combination they have in these shows. Czuchry recently guest-starred on Veronica Mars as Logan Echolls would-be half-brother. The actors seemed to enjoy playing off one another, with Czuchry toning down his own Logan-ness, yet retaining just enough smirkitude for viewers to believe the two might actually be related.
If you havent yet given The Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars a chance, its not too late to start.
The Gilmore Girls airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on CW (channel 14 on cable) and Veronica Mars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.
Paula Hendrickson is a regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, and has been published in numerous national publications including American Bungalow, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide.
From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue