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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 5/1/11 - Justified, The Voice & more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, May 08 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 5/1/11)

In another very competitive week CW is again the only network to score two slots on my hour long Scripted List! CBS takes two spots on my Outstanding Sitcoms List (including the Top spot) and NBC remarkably owns the #1 spot on my favorite Reality Shows list a second week in a row via The Voice. In all honesty, I was torn by my list order(s) for each major category - reasonable arguments can be made for different orders and different #1s in each section. It definitely forced me to analyze what I like and why I like it even more than usual.
Tonight is scheduled to be the season finale of ABC's Brothers & Sisters, but since last week's penultimate epi was preempted by the killing of OBL I'm hopeful it may air tonight instead. For a detailed list of finales and premieres airing this week check out (and/or bookmark) this link (via TV Squad).
Now onto my picks for last week's best...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Game of Thrones - "Lord Snow" (HBO)

6. Nikita - "Betrayals" (CW)

Executive Producer Craig Silverstein talks about "Betrayals"

5. Hellcats - "Warped Sister" (CW)

4. Doctor Who - "The Curse of the Black Spot" (BBC-America)

* prequel webisode to "The Curse of the Black Spot"

3. Camelot - "Three Journeys" (Starz)

2. Glee - "Rumours" (FOX)

* don't forget this week's Behind the Glee.

1. Justified - "Bloody Harlan" (FX)

Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Shake It Up - "Sweat It Up" (DIS)

Guest Star of the Week: Serinda Swan on Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Serinda Swan
Serinda Swan in "Ho'ohuli Na'au"


Webisode of the Week: Mortal Kombat: Legacy - Ep.4 "Kitana & Mileena, Pt.1"

[Rated: TV-MA]
Trivia Question of the Week: Name the English Actress/Model who played the beautiful blue singing Siren in this week's Doctor Who episode, "The Curse of the Black Spot"?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:

~ Last week's answer: My Wife & Kids  (Winner: misac)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

5. Happy Endings - "Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon Do"

4. Breaking In - "Take the Movie and Run" (FOX)
* Executive Producers talk about the episode here.

3. How I Met Your Mother - "The Perfect Cocktail" (CBS)

2. Parks and Recreation - "Eagleton" (NBC)

* Bonus deleted scene.

1. Rules of Engagement - "Double Down" (CBS)

Joseph Campbell Foundation

* Reality Shows *

4. WWE Tough Enough (USA)
* Interview clip with Rey Mysterio, Jr.

3. The Dance Scene - "Mama Cub to Mama Cub" (E!)

2. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Big Guns" (DSC)

1. The Voice - "Blind Auditions, Part 2" (NBC)

Blake Shelton puts his foot in his mouth, again.

Of the forty-three and a half hours of primetime programming viewed to compile this column dramas Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Castle, and Fringe came closest to earning spots on my one hour Scripted Show List. Comedies Traffic Light, Happy Endings, Modern Family, and Mike & Molly barely missed making my best Sitcoms List, while in the Reality Shows category CMT's Next Superstar, Top Chef: Masters, Kitchen Nightmares, and the Rihanna episode of ABDC rounded out my bench picks for that section.

Though Fringe didn't make my Top 7 Scripted list this week, I wanted to include this clip of its cast graciously thanking the fans (for both praise and criticism), as well as the GlyphCode that appeared in the finale's segment breaks (depicted below clip).

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To see a full list of all the shows I viewed for this column click here.

Thanks to all who've been voting in the TV polls! Seeing what you all watch has been educational. Have a fun Mother's Day, 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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