Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 5/8/11)
In addition to being a strong week of television this column highlights what was an exceptional week for showcasing strong women. Speaking of remarkable women, even prior to knowing Brothers & Sisters got canceled this (2hr) season finale episode was already solidly on my Scripted List; it's a very good episode I wholeheartedly recommend.
A diverse range of networks got on the board this week - even if counting the Scripted List, Reality List, and Teen Beat Pick all as one, no network makes more than one appearance. Only the Sitcoms section saw networks make multiple showings, with NBC taking the top two comedic spots and ABC earning the rest. Oprah's OWN network makes its debut on my WiR documenting Shania Twain's journey back to the (performance) stage, while fellow Reality honoree The Voice surprisingly falls to third place after scoring the #1 reality slot the previous two weeks.
Over all this'll be a week of finales, literally dozens. Peek into (or vote in) my daily primetime TV polls for listings of the many finales mentioned day-to-day this upcoming week (of 5/15). This Friday (5/20) brings Special Presentations of VH1's Storytellers (featuring Cee Lo Green), and, the world premiere of Children of Promise: The Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy on Investigation Discovery.
Now to my personal picks for the best offerings from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. The Good Wife - "Getting Off" (CBS)
6. Brothers & Sisters - "Walker Down the Aisle" (ABC)
5. Glee - "Prom Queen" (FOX)
click here to go Behind The Glee
4. Game of Thrones - "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things" (HBO)
3. Camelot - "The Long Night" (Starz)
2. Nikita - "Pandora" (CW)
Craig Silverstein discusses the season finale
"An episode of my all-time favourite TV show written by my all-time favourite author. Not a tough sell."
1. Doctor Who - "The Doctor's Wife" (BBC-America)
Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Victorious - "Tori Gets Stuck" (nick)
Guest Star of the Week: Mark Pellegrino on Breakout Kings (A&E)
Mark Pellegrino as lethal Virgil Downing in "Paid in Full"
Trivia Question of the Week: Shania Twain titled her series' premiere episode, "From This Moment On." Besides the chart-topping song and last week's premiere episode, what other fresh Shania venture shares this title? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: Lily Cole (Winner: Psivage)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
5. Happy Endings - "The Girl With the David Tattoo" (ABC)
4. Better With You - "Better With Baby" (ABC)
3. Modern Family - "Good Cop, Bad Dog" (ABC)
2. The Office - "Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager" (NBC)
1. Parks and Recreation - "The Fight: Producer's Cut" (NBC)
4. WWE Tough Enough (USA)
* Exit Interview here
Steve Austin & John Morrison teach Life Lessons
3. The Voice - "The Battles, Part 1" (NBC)
V-Correspondent Alison Haislip interviews Reba about helping Blake Shelton.
2. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Judgement Day" (DSC)
1. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "From This Moment On" (OWN)
Of the forty-one and a half hours of primetime programming viewed to compile this WiR, Scripted dramas CSI, H50, Private Practice, and Army Wives came closest to making my primary list this past week. Breaking In, Mad Love, Raising Hope (guest starring Garcia vets Jaime Pressly & Ethan Suplee), and Wednesday's second dose of Happy Endings nearly made my Outstanding Sitcoms list, while in the Reality section CMT's Next Superstar, Top Chef: Masters (spotlighting Maroon 5), The Dance Scene, and Chef Gordon Ramsay's contentious Kitchen Nightmares occupy the bench.
Breakout Kings fans should know that creator Nick Santora tweeted this message a couple days ago, "we NEED EYEBALLS on the show this sunday! Please watch/spread the word so we can hopefully give you Season 2!" He meant tonight (5/15). If you haven't tried BK yet consider checking out this two minute clip with Santora and members of the cast discussing the provocative series!
"Jimmi Simpson is a scene stealer."
To digress further, Executive VP & GM for TVGuide.com & TV Guide Mobile Christy Tanner tweeted this past week, "People and their TV shows are like snowflakes. No 2 people have the same top 5 TV show list." In July, (if all goes well) I'll hit the one year anniversary of writing this weekly column. I know I've encouraged other Outhousers to compile their own lists in the past but reading Tanner's tweet just inspired me to bring it up again. Though I've written various lengthed reviews in the past, my current clip-based format should be easily replicable by almost anyone. FTR, I always make sure to write a brief paragraph at the top (of each WiR) to mention what was special about that week & which networks dominated, I also endeavor to remind readers of any shows I know are debuting in the upcoming week. Then, I like to close with a paragraph issuing honorable mentions. Honestly, I'd like to see some other weekly top lists from some other snowflakes in the next year. Just something to consider.
For a complete list of all shows I watched this week click here.
As mentioned earlier, this is a week full of finales so there should be some exciting TV upcoming. 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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