Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 5/15/11)
So, another week of finales delivered lots of intensity though only three of my Top 7 Scripted List entries were finales; and only two of my five favorite sitcoms were finales. This week FOX & CBS earned double spots on my Scripted List, and NBC's Parks and Recreation owned the top Sitcom List spot for the second week in-a-row. Speaking of consecutive streaks, The Voice & Why Not? With Shania Twain continue earning notice, never absent from my WiR since debuting (the same can also be said of the sensational web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy). American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. has been killin' in the ratings and returns to the top of my Reality Shows List for the first time since early January (from the previous season). In the Teen Beat category Victoria Justice's Victorious makes WiR history by becoming the first teen oriented series to claim that spot two weeks consecutively!
FOX's So You Think You Can Dance? premieres this Thursday (5/26). I've never watched it before but am thinking I'll check it out this season. And The Bachelorette premieres with its seventh season tonight (Mon 5/23).
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. House - "After Hours" (FOX)
6. NCIS - "Pyramid" (CBS)
5. Hellcats - "I'm Sick Y'all" (CW)
Creator Kevin Murphy discusses the finale
4. Hawaii Five-O - "Oia'i'o" (CBS)
3. Game of Thrones - "The Wolf and the Lion" (HBO)
2. Camelot - "Igraine" (Starz)
1. Glee - "Funeral" (FOX)
Don't forget to go Behind the Glee
"I really loved this episode."
Teen Beat Pick of the Week: Victorious - "Prom Wrecker" (nick)
See Victoria Justice & Ariana Grande sing "Best Friend's Brother" here.
Guest Star of the Week: Elayn J. Taylor on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Trivia Question of the Week: What artsy 19th century French slogan sparked the Hellcats' closing performance in this week's rousing season finale? (Hint: the same slogan in a different language appears in the royal logo of MGM) [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: Shania Twain's Autobiography (Winner: Psivage)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
5. Raising Hope - "Don't Vote for This Episode" (FOX)
4. Happy Endings - "Barefoot Pedaler" (ABC)
3. Modern Family - "See You Next Fall" (ABC)
2. Parks and Recreation - "The Bubble" (NBC)
1. Parks and Recreation - "Li'l Sebastian: Producer's Cut" (NBC)
4. The Dance Scene - "You Passed on Gaga" (E!)
3. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "Battling Betrayal" (OWN)
2. The Voice - "The Battles, Part 2" (NBC)
1. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Offer Denied" (DSC)
This week I watched thirty-seven hours of primetime programming for this list column, from which the dramatic season finales of The Good Wife, Private Practice, and Desperate Housewives almost made my Top 7 Scripted List, as did a revealing episode of Breakout Kings. Amidst stiff comedy competition the finales of Breaking In, Rules of Engagement, and Mad Love just missed my Outstanding Sitcoms List, joined by one of Happy Endings two epis. The season finales of Kitchen Nightmares and Secrets From a Stylist came closest to making my Reality Shows list along with CMT's Next Superstar and an especially injurious WWE Tough Enough episode (guest starring the WWE Divas). Sesame Street launched a new web series I'd like to give honorable mention to, Conversations With Bert. Bert's new series launched last Sunday with the first part of a two-part interview with SNL's Andy Samberg. The second part of his Samberg interview (Ep.2) hit the web yesterday (5/22).
A full list of all shows I watched this week for this WiR can be found here.
Next week (starting 5/22) will probably be the last for the Sitcoms category until fall. Another wave of finales will air this upcoming week, so enjoy primetime's climactic offerings, Be Well & Happy Viewing! See you again next week.
P.S. Thanks again for bearing with the recent format changes I've made to my Week in Review column. Folks missing my written reviews will hopefully see more of 'em throughout the summer and (with luck) other writers will be contributing reviews too!
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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