Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 4/10/11)
This week was another highly competitive one in absolutely every category - there were no easy choices. That includes the choice to make this week's column another reviewless one; my weekend was hectic and I just didn't have the extra writing time. CBS, ABC & FOX enjoyed list dominance this WiR but the real story rests in its firsts. E! makes its debut in my column with the new (Ryan Seacrest produced) reality series, The Dance Scene starring Laurieann Gibson. ABC garners my Reality Show top spot for the first time ever, Lifetime claims its first ever victory in my hour long Scripted List, and for the first time I list honorable mentions for my Teen Beat Pick of the Week! This week's Top of the List pick may seem atypical, but, this particular Army Wives entry was beyond exceptional (don't take my word for it, watch it yourself)! Another first this week is the inclusion of a Webisode of the Week feature in my column, the first honoree being last Tuesday's opening epi of Mortal Kombat: Legacy [Rated TV-MA: for language and graphic-bloody violence].
Now onto my Top Picks from last week...
Top 7 Scripted List:
7. CSI: Miami - "Caged" (CBS)
6. Hawaii Five-0 - "Ma Ke Kahakai" (CBS)
5. Justified - "Debts and Accounts" (FX)
4. Camelot - "Lady of the Lake" (Starz)
3. Nikita - "Into the Dark" (CW)
2. Fringe - "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" (FOX)
1. Army Wives - "Walking Wounded" (Lifetime)
Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Supah Ninjas - "Katara" (nick)
Carlos Knight, Ryan Potter, & Gracie Dzienny are Supah Ninjas
Guest Star of the Week: Alyssa Milano on Breaking In (FOX)
Alyssa in "Tis Better to Have Loved and Flossed"
Webisode of the Week: Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Episode 1 (12:25)
Darren Shahlavi (as Kano), Tahmoh Penikett (as Kurtis Stryker), Michael Jai White (as Jax), and Jeri Ryan (as Sonya Blade) star in this awesome, all-new live action premiere for the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. MK:Legacy [Rated TV-MA for Language and Bloody Violence] is presented by Machinima.com and Warner Brothers.
Trivia Question of the Week: Ryan Seacrest Productions this week brought E! their first entry on any of my lists ever via The Dance Scene. What other bold show in this WiR column is co-produced by RSP? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: Doctor Who (Winner: BlueStreak)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
5. The Simpsons - "The Great Simpsina" (FOX)
4. Breaking In - "Tis Better to Have Loved and Flossed" (FOX)
3. Better With You - "Better Without a Job" (ABC)
2. Modern Family - "The Musical Man" (ABC)
1. 30 Rock - "I Heart Connecticut" (NBC)
* Reality Shows *
4. The Dance Scene - "I Am Full Out" (E!)
3. Top Chef: Masters - "Everything Old Is New Again" (Bravo)
2. Top Shot - "Shakedown" (History)
1. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - "Maybe L.A. Was A Big Mistake" (ABC)
Jamie Oliver in "Maybe L.A. Was a Big Mistake"
Of the thirty-five and a half hours of primetime programming watched to compile this week's column, the dramas just barely missing my Scripted List were The Good Wife, House, CHAOS, and Breakout Kings. The sitcoms almost making this column were Parks and Recreation, Traffic Light, The Office (introducing Will Ferrell to the series), and the smartly written premiere of Happy Endings. America's Best Dance Crew, CMT's Next Superstar, & Human Planet came closest to earning placement on my best Reality Shows list. For the first time I'll go ahead and mention that the teen shows hotly competing for the Teen Beat Pick of the Week were Victorious and Shake It Up.
To see all the shows I viewed this week click here.
Thanks a lot for your continued readership and for embracing the new flexibility (of format) following my column requires. Hope you're able to find something good on this week to entertain you. 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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