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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 4/24/11 - Doctor Who, The Office & more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, May 01 2011 and posted in Features

Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.

TV Week in Review
(week of 4/24/11)

This week presented a challenging pool of contenders and a plethora of potential choices in all three main categories. NBC's The Office bursts onto my Outstanding Sitcoms List for the first time ever by taking that section's top spot with the final episode to star Steve Carell. Staying on the subject of firsts, the Sundance Channel appears on my best Reality Shows List for this first time since I've been writing my WiR column. Nickelodeon claims my Teen Beat Pick of the Week honor for the third consecutive week, with Supah Ninjas earning two out of three of those notices. Also for the third week in a row, NBC takes the top spot on my Sitcoms List as well as claiming three fifths of that section's slots. Doctor Who garnered the top Scripted List honor again this week with the enigmatic conclusion to the season's Space 1969 opening storyline.
Tonight (Sun 5/1) brings the fourth season premiere of In Plain Sight and the tenth (and final) season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent both on USA. Saturday (5/7) make sure not to miss Christy Turlington's important documentary chronicling the global plight of maternal mortality titled, No Woman, No Cry debuting on OWN.
Now onto my favorite picks from last week...
Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages.

7. Hellcats - "Before I Was Caught" (CW)
6. Nikita - "Glass Houses" (CW)

Executive Producer Craig Silverstein talks about "Glass Houses"

5. Game of Thrones - "The Kingsroad" (HBO)
4. Justified - "Reckoning" (FX)

Outhouser Zechs describes "Reckoning":
"This was a damn fine episode."

3. Glee - "Born This Way" (FOX)

2. Camelot - "Justice" (Starz)
1. Doctor Who - "Day of the Moon" (BBC-America)

Q&A video with cast regarding this season's first episodes.

Outhouser ThatGuyRoman on DW...:
"Well... that was crazy. Moffat is a twisted genius."

Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Supah Ninjas - "Checkmate" (nick)
Guest Star of the Week: Mark Sheppard on Doctor Who (BBC-America)

Mark Sheppard interviewed about his Doctor Who character.


Webisode of the Week: Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Ep.3  (11:49)

[Rated: TV-14] Click the text link above for Uncensored Version

Trivia Question of the Week: Prior to Damon Sr.'s appearance in this week's Happy Endings, he and his son had worked together on two previous series (for which Damon Wayans Jr. both acted & wrote). Name either of the two shows they previously collaborated on?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:

~ Last week's answer(s): W. Morgan Sheppard & son Mark Sheppard  (Winner: nietoperz)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

5. Happy Endings - "Like Father, Like Gun" (ABC)

4. 30 Rock - "Everything Sunny All the Time Always" (NBC)

3. The Big Bang Theory - "The Agreement Dissection" (CBS)

2. Parks and Recreation - "Jerry's Painting" (NBC)

1. The Office - "Goodbye, Michael Scott" (NBC)

Lovely Angela Kinsey's farewell interview of Steve Carrell


* Reality Shows *

4. Doctor Who in America (BBC-America)

3. All on the Line - "Dana-Maxx: It's Time to Grow Up" (Sundance)

Joe Zee talks about Dana-Maxx

2. Top Shot - "Season Two Finale" (History)

the final challenge (*spoiler alert*)

1. The Voice - "Blind Auditions, Part 1" (NBC)

Coach Interview: Xtina In Depth

Of the thirty-eight hours of primetime programming watched to compile this week's column Fringe, Breakout Kings, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters came closest to making my Top Scripted List, while Better With You, Rules of Engagement, Breaking In, and Mad Love nearly made my Outstanding Sitcoms List. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr., Secrets From a Stylist, WWE Tough Enough (guest starring Bret 'Hitman' Hart), and the Katy Perry episode of ABDC barely missed making my best Reality Shows List.

For a complete list of all shows viewed to compile this week's column click here.

Even if you're not a regular viewer of The Office (frankly, I wasn't until Will Ferrell came aboard) consider checking out the goodbye episode for series star Steve Carell, it's really a special story I happily give my highest recommendation. On a different note, if you haven't yet please take a moment to add your picks to my daily or weekly primetime polls. Be Well & Happy Viewing! :)

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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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