Senior TV Columnist Nightfly offers a List review of his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 3/20/11)
Well, things are going as planned. My column restructuring has enabled me to post more news articles and hopefully some of you saw the Q&A, it was my privilege to particpate in, with Lance Henriksen I published Friday night. As more networks contribute assets to the Outhouse's multimedia growth it's my honor to dedicate more of my time to their specific needs, while still producing this column. My Top 7 Scripted List got a double shot of No Ordinary Family this week earning ABC two of my seven spots, only matched by CBS (for two strong action offerings). NBC enjoys prominence this week taking two of my Sitcom slots and, for the first time ever, not only entering the Reality Shows section but taking its top spot straight away. New series premiering this week include Body of Proof (ABC) starring Dana Delany, and, Monster Bug Wars (Sc) both this Tuesday (3/29), as well as two series I've been greatly anticipating, Camelot (two-hour premiere on Starz) and Chaos (CBS) both debuting this Friday, April 1st (honestly, no foolin'). Also, this Friday don't miss the one hour season finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- catch a sneak peek featuring the legendary hero we've been waiting for here. For the Grey's Anatomy fans among us, be sure to watch this Thursday's very special musical episode (don't tell Dave Grohl) featuring a major story for Sara Ramirez's character; in the meantime buy Ramirez's four song EP on itunes just released today! Lastly, in case you hadn't heard, AMC launches its latest scripted drama The Killing next Sunday (4/3) with a two-hour series premiere - you might want to mark your calendars.
Top 7 Scripted List:
7. Army Wives - "Movement to Contact" (Lifetime)
6. Breakout Kings - "The Bag Man" (A&E)
5. CSI: Miami - "Special Delivery" (CBS)
4. Justified - "Save My Love" (FX)
3. Hawaii Five-0 - "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio" (CBS)
2. No Ordinary Family - "No Ordinary Future" (ABC)
1. No Ordinary Family - "No Ordinary Animal" (ABC)
Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Shake It Up - "Hot Mess It Up" (DIS)
Guest Star of the Week: John Lithgow on How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Trivia Question of the Week: John Lithgow won his most recent Emmy, his fifth, for portraying a serial killer guilty of murdering a beloved cable drama character. The genre favorite thesp who played his last victim stars in which Top 7 Scripted List series?
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answers: Cheech & Chunk + Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (Winner: GOSD)
5. Traffic Light - "Stealth Bomber" (FOX)
4. Modern Family - "Boys' Night" (ABC)
3. Parks and Recreation - "Camping" (NBC)
2. 30 Rock - "Plan B" (NBC)
1. How I Met Your Mother - "Legendaddy" (CBS)
4. What Not to Wear - "Jillian" (TLC)
3. Top Shot - "Trick Shot Showdown II" (History)
2. Top Chef: All-Stars - "Last Supper" (Bravo)
1. Who Do You Think You Are? - Steve Buscemi (NBC)
Tons of repeats again reduced the number of shows in the overall pool this week but it did give me a chance to finally give NCIS:L.A. (CBS) a chance, it's a cool show, I dig it. Thanks to Outhouser Chesscub for clueing me into the fact that its the more action-driven NCIS of the two. The only show I meant to see this week but didn't was L&O:SVU (on NBC) for Rose McGowan's guest appearance. Of the twenty-eight and a half hours of primetime programming I watched to compile this WiR, the two (2) hour long scripted shows coming closest to making my list were The Good Wife (CBS) and the freshman season finale of USA's Fairly Legal (which ended on a ratings up note). Mad Love (CBS) and, surprising as it may seem, the Disney Channel's Shake It Up were the funniest Sitcoms just barely missing my list. Based solely on humor, and if only legal adults are allowed to star, than Mr. Sunshine (ABC) would've taken that second on-deck sitcom spot, instead of Shake It Up. Regarding my Reality Show picks, really only this week's other What Not to Wear fell short of the cut. Regular readers may know I'm a big fan of American Idol, however I don't include it in my column pool because of its multinite dominance. Back when my WiR column only had four (4) reality spots (two weeks ago), routinely surrendering half of 'em to AI just wasn't a cool plan, imo.
If you're curious to know all shows screened this week, and strong in the ways of The Force, click here.
I sure do appreciate you all tolerating the change in focus of this column and your ongoing support in its mission. This last week I began posting Primetime Polls for each nite of the week so please consider voting for your favorite shows. I hope we all have an enjoyable and adventurous week! Be Well & Happy Viewing!
Written or Contributed by: Nightfly
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About the Author - Nightfly
A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.
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