Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 5/22/11)
This week I unfortuantely noticed a lack of promotional clips offered on the web. I found the best ones I could and tried to compensate by doubling up on a couple. CBS & FOX share some Scripted List dominance by both snagging more than one slot, though HBO's regal Game of Thrones ascends (for the first time) to my WiR throne by taking this week's Top of the List spot! MTV also makes some WiR history by claiming my Reality Shows number one slot with a show other than Bully Beatdown. There was a virtual cornucopia of reality programming this week - so much, that I expanded the category by one slot and can predict more expansion in its future. Shania's reality series Why Not? continues its unbroken streak of never not making my list. I reduced the Sitcom category by a slot because there simply wasn't a fifth show eligible this week. Whether or not there'll even be an Outstanding Sitcoms section next week is still up in the air. Of the sitcoms that did make this column, ABC provided half of 'em, including my favorite! Disappointingly, there wasn't any teen shows on this week that I follow, so the Teen Beat Pick of the Week morphed into a modified form directly connected to last week's Teen Beat honoree.
More finales continue in the upcoming week (of 5/29); most I'm aware of are reality shows but for tonight's freshman season finale of A&E's Breakout Kings. Tonite, tomorrow (Tuesday), and Wednesday all bring new premieres I'm interested in: first Platinum Hit's series premiere on Bravo tonight (5/30), a new season of NBC's America's Got Talent (5/31), and Oxygen's series premiere of The World According to Paris (6/1), respectively.
Now onto my preferred picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. House - "Moving On" (FOX)
6. Breakout Kings - "There Are Rules" (A&E)
Serinda Swan as Erica Reed in "There Are Rules"
5. CHAOS - "Mole" (CBS)
* Get your secret agent code name here
4. CHAOS - "Two Percent" (CBS)
* Watch a clip from the episode here
3. Army Wives - "Drop Zone" (Lifetime)
Katelyn Pippy as Emmalin Holden in "Drop Zone"
"It was the Superman of kisses. It came with its own cape."
2. Glee - "New York" (FOX)
Go further Behind the Glee here
1. Game of Thrones - "A Golden Crown" (HBO)
"He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon."
Game of Thrones
Guest Star of the Week: Shohreh Aghdashloo on House (FOX)
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Afsoun Hamidi in "Moving On"
Fave *New* Video of the Week: Victoria Justice - "Best Friend's Brother"
src: Just Jared Jr.
Trivia Question of the Week: Eliza Dushku will soon star in a companion web series to Starz' upcoming season of Torchwood called, 'Web of Lies.' Jane Espenson tweeted of the Dushku news, "It's tru; there's an echo of my past work in #Torchwood: Web of Lies." Minnesota native Ian Anthony Dale, introduced as Scorpion in this week's Mortal Kombat: Legacy webisode, prominently guest starred in which one of the two Eliza shows referenced in Espenson's tweet? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: L'art pour l'art (Winner: GLX)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
4. Happy Endings - "The Shershow Redemption" (ABC)
3. The Looney Tunes Show - "Fish and Visitors" (TOON)
* Watch a clip from the epi, guest starring Yosemite Sam, here
2. The Simpsons - "The Ned-Liest Catch" (FOX)
Edna Krabappel & Ned Flanders ask you to vote here
1. Modern Family - "The One That Got Away" (ABC)
5. All on the Line - "From A to Joe Zee" (Sundance)
Joe Zee oversees Leila Shams shopping for fabrics
* Vote for your favorite designer & possibly win a $2,500 gift certificate courtesy of Rent the Runway.
Look over the designers' collections here. I voted for Leila Shams.
4. CMT's Next Superstar (CMT)
Departing contestant Danielle Lauderdale (follow her on twitter)
3. WWE Tough Enough - "I've Been Bamboozled and Flabbergasted" (USA)
James Roday & Bill Demott on Tough Enough
2. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "What Happens in Vegas" (OWN)
1. Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside (MTV)
With so many shows on hiatus I only watched twenty-two hours worth of primetime programming to compile this column. I only watched eight scripted dramas this week, with USA's In Plain Sight being the odd one out. There were so few sitcoms aired that I don't even have the usual five honorees for that section this week, actually the four (4) sitcoms listed represent every half hour sitcom I viewed this week. As to Reality shows, wow... so many aired this week only three more would've been required to double the scripted dramas viewed for this column. I added a fifth honoree to the Reality Show category and can easily foresee that section expanding again (perhaps up to seven slots during the summer). Speaking of summer, while Psych still doesn't have a return date for season six, season five on DVD hits store shelves tomorrow (Tues 5/31), just FYI. But back on topic, of the thirteen (all-new) reality shows I viewed this week the ones I'd award honorable mentions to are The Dance Scene (E!), So You Think You Can Dance? (FOX), and The Voice (NBC). Bear in mind I only watch half, at most, of the available reality programming out there... so hear me when I say there's A LOT of reality shows to watch *already* if that's something you like. I've been eagerly awaiting Bravo's Platinum Hit, and for the first time ever I'm gonna go ahead and give America's Got Talent a try. As an unrepentant fan, who owns most seasons of The Simple Life on dvd, I was pleased when Oxygen's new show The World According to Paris joined my twitter battalion a month or two ago. If you're a fan of (or neutral towards) singer/author/actress/model/fashion designer Paris Hilton I suggest checking out her new show (It's Not What You Think).
Like last week I'm again adding honorable mentions to the Webisode of the Week feature, and this time I'm breaking new ground by not only mentioning, but presenting in their full embedded glory both runners-up!! Continuing with the concluding part of his interview with Andy Samberg, Bert once again merits mention for Conversations With Bert: Andy Samberg, Part 2 (Rated G). Definitely not Rated G is the other hilarious runner-up, Episode 13 of Between Two Ferns via funny OR DIE (TV-MA) starring host Zach Galifianakis interviewing funnyman Will Ferrell in support of his new indie film Everything Must Go. Enjoy both clips below (or just the Sesame Street one if you're under 14yrs old).
Illeana Douglas also gets a solo honorable mention for making my choice of Guest Star of the Week more difficult than expected. Illieana did a great job playing a sexy veteran spy on (the now canceled) CBS actioner CHAOS.
For a full list of shows viewed this week (excluding repeats, chat shows, etc) click here.
Well, that wraps things up for this week. Hopefully I've helped you discover something that might entertain you. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and a safe week. Be Well & Happy Viewing!
Oh yeah, don't forget next Sunday (6/5) is the 2011 MTV Movie Awards (hosted by Jason Sudeikis) followed by the hotly anticipated series premiere of Teen Wolf.
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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