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TV Week in Review: Farewell Edition (week of 5/13/12)
What few shows didn't air finales last week are most likely airing them this week. It seems fitting timing that as this TV season wraps up so too does my weekly column writing for The Outhouse - the house that gave me my start. My columns will live on, though, at a new venue but more about that later.
With finales filling the screens last week the only list placement that surprised me, as it had nothing to do with a lack of competition, was Disney's Shake It Up landing in the middle of my Top 7 Outstanding Sitcoms list for an especially hysterical episode. Disney's new series TRON: Uprising blasted into my Favorite Teen Shows top spot with its preview episode (its entirety is embedded in my list below), it tied for first place with a game changing epi of Nick's Victorious. ABC alone earned two spots on my Top 7 sitcoms list, while FOX and The CW exerted dominance in my hour-long scripted category. The CW's two Top of the List dramas were particularly explosive as was the Person of Interest season finale on CBS. No net earned dual placement on my Reality Shows Top 7 list, still, cheers go out to the Sklar Bros. for snagging its top position for a second consecutive week since debuting.
A number of shows are premiering over the next few days as the summer season kicks into gear. Tomorrow (Thursday 5/24) Men at Work *, Duets *, So You Think You Can Dance *, Season Three of Rookie Blue and the controversial new TLC series Tattoo School all premiere. Friday (5/25) brings the debuts of Scandalicious * (on Logo), Mystery Diners (on The Food Network) and new Syfy reality series Insane or Inspired? co-hosted by Amber Benson. Get a Coming Soon GetGlue sticker by clicking the asterisks next to select titles (above).
Now onto my last batch of preferred primetime TV picks chosen for The Outhouse.
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
12. Bones - "The Past is Present" (FOX)
(11). Hawaii Five-O - "Death in the Family" (CBS)
10. House - "Holding On" (FOX)
(9). Once Upon a Time - "A Land Without Magic" (ABC)
(8). Private Practice - "Gone, Baby, Gone" (ABC)
(7). Smash - "Bombshell" (NBC)
6. Glee - "Nationals" (FOX)
5. Glee - "Props" (FOX)
(4). Desperate Housewives - "Give Me the Blame" / "Finishing the Hat" (ABC)
1. Person of Interest - "Firewall" (CBS)
(1). Nikita - "Homecoming" (CW)
(1). Supernatural - "Survival of the Fittest" (CW)
Guest Star of the Week: Ashley Williams on How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Runners Up: [3-way tie]
James Patrick Stuart on Supernatural (CW)
Amy Acker on Person of Interest (CBS)
Elizabeth Banks on 30 Rock (NBC)
Rest of my Top 12 Favorite Guest Stars from Last Week;
Scott Bakula on Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Mark Sheppard on Supernatural (CW)
Brenda Strong on Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Katie Walder on Fairly Legal (USA)
Emmanuelle Chriqui on The Mentalist (CBS)
Christopher Lambert on NCIS: L.A. (CBS)
Claire Forlani on NCIS: L.A. (CBS)
Olivia Wilde on House (FOX)
3. Good Luck Charlie - "Dress Mess" (Disney)
2. Shake It Up - "Tunnel It Up" (Disney)
1. TRON: Uprising - "Beck's Beginning" (Disney)
1. Victorious - "Tori Goes Platinum" (nick)
12. Good Luck Charlie - "Dress Mess" (Disney)
11. Victorious - "Tori Goes Platinum" (nick)
(10). Hot in Cleveland - "Storage Wars" (TVLD)
(9). Happily Divorced - "Fran-alyze This" (TVLD)
(8). Rules of Engagement - "Audrey's Shower" (CBS)
(7). Modern Family - "Tableau Vivant" (ABC)
6. The Simpsons - "Ned 'N' Edna's Blend" (FOX)
5. Shake It Up - "Tunnel It Up" (Disney)
(4). 30 Rock - "What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?" (NBC)
3. Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 - "It's Just Sex" (ABC)
2. Veep - "Chung" (HBO)
(1). How I Met Your Mother - "The Magician's Code, Part 1 & 2" (CBS)
(12). Betty White's Off Their Rockers - "Episode 10" (NBC)
11. Best Ink - "For the Love of Ink" (Oxygen)
10. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Change of Heart, Pt.1" (DSC)
9. Richard Hammond's Crash Course - "Demolition" (BBC-America)
8. Shannen Says - "The Wedding" (We)
(7). Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country - "Anger Management" (CMT)
(6). Punk'd - "Miley Cyrus" (MTV)
5. Whale Wars: Viking Shores - "Collision Course" (ANIMP)
(4). Fashion Star - "Finale" (NBC)
* Read my Q&A write-up with Elle Macpherson published finale nite @TVOM.
3. Dream Machines - "The Battleship Shredder" (Syfy)
* Learn all there is to know about deadly Shredders and send 'em to destroy your neighborhood here.
2. Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis - "Comedy Is Not Pretty" (Bravo)
(1). United Stats of America - "Moving On" (History)
The Sklar Bros.
Last week I watched a grand total of forty-seven and a half hours of primetime TV, exactly six fewer hours than the week before. With summer now starting I doubt there'll be many more weeks over forty hours for awhile. Twenty-seven were spent watching hour-long scripted shows, eight hours went to scripted half-hour sitcoms and the remaining twelve and a half hours got directed towards reality series. The only series I accidentally missed last week was Sand Masters from the Travel Channel (I wouldnt've missed it if it were available online or OnDemand).
The various networks' upfront pick-ups have trailers viewable now online, so if you're interested in what Fall will bring you only need visit a network's website to preview what's to come. For this farewell column I've chosen to feature a pair of trailers from The CW and one from Syfy.
First up is superhero series Arrow (about DC's Green Arrow for those who don't know), beneath that is a clip for Mamie Gummer's upcoming medical drama, Emily Owens, M.D..
The third TV preview I recommend screening is for Syfy's Defiance, a futuristic new series starring Jaime Murray, Grant Bowler and Julie Benz (as the mayor of Defiance) involving space aliens in a shared universe with its MMO game. Watch The Making of Defiance below. There's no way I'm missing this one!
The movie trailer impressing me most last week was for The Words, starring Zoë Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and an Alias reunion via Ron Rifkin and Bradley Cooper. It looks very engaging.
As this is the last poster I'll be featuring in a WiR column here, I'm happy it's for my all-time favorite superhero, Batman. Read about this newly released one-sheet for The Dark Knight Rises here.
* See three (even newer) character one-sheets here. They're wet.
GetGlue geeks, like me, may want the following stickers. For films in theaters and VOD I found glue for Apartment 143 (now available OnDemand and in theaters June 1st), Collaborator (on VOD 6/19, in theaters July 6th), Chronicle (now on Blu-ray), Safety Not Guaranteed (premiering 6/8) and an Elizabeth Shaw character sticker from Prometheus (hitting theaters June 8th). Carrie Underwood released a sticker last week in support of her live tour. Beyond the Coming Soon TV stickers listed in this column's opening paragraphs they also have new ones for (by premiere date) The Catalina (5/29), Hell's Kitchen & MasterChef (6/4), Push Girls (6/4), as well as Take Me Out and The Choice (both debuting 6/7). Consider also grabbing these for Hallmark original movie Hannah's Law, True Blood and one celebrating the first season of ST:TNG finally landing on Blu-ray. GG also made a cool new one available for Game of Thrones' Battle of Blackwater. Comic book glue new from Marvel came for Hulk Smash Avengers #3, Avengers Vs. X-Men #4, Incredible Hulk #7.1, Uncanny X-Men #12, Avengers #26, Avengers Academy #30 and Fantastic Four #605.1.
It's been a lot of fun and an invaluable learning experience writing here the past few years (since July 2010) but it's time to start the next chapter in my online writing pursuits. Very soon I'll be relaunching my weekly columns at Geek Nation. I only started column writing because kind fellow Outhousers encouraged me and supported me through their readership, comments, and, answers to each column's trivia game (big ups to avengingtitan). Special thanks to Lord Simian and Jude Terror for allowing me to call The Outhouse a permanent writing home and for giving me my column-writing start, I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for you guys and I don't plan to disappear. I hope you'll all consider reading my columns at GN soon too. Thanks so much for the memories, Have a Great Week & Happy Viewing! I'll be seein' ya.
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