Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 5/29/11)
* Warning: You may want to temporarily Mute your Speakers, for a minute until a few videos listed below stop. Sadly, three (3) spotlighted clips here (from one certain network) embedded with AutoStart on, creating a cacophonous din when the page first loads. I am not presently able to correct the issue but will continue to work on it . *
The Memorial Day holiday prompted numerous shows to sit-out last weekend causing a reduction in slots for my Scipted List. WiR history is made this outting by NBC's Love Bites - the first "comedy anthology" series to compete in my hour long scripted category. Old-timer that I am, LB reminded me a lot of a modern Love, American Style. Even more remarkable than the lack of hour long series airing last week was the drastic drop-off of sitcoms. Despite my expanding the Reality Shows section by two slots and naming four honorable mentions, there were still several reality shows watched but unmentioned.
This week (of June 5th) sees more finales come and go while another wave of summer premieres arrives. For example, tonite (alone) ushers American Chopper and WWE Tough Enough into their season finales, welcomes Chef Gordon Ramsay back for another season of MasterChef, delivers Switched at Birth's series premiere, and, premieres the (Gale Anne Hurd produced) Lifetime movie Last Man Standing, starring Catherine Bell & Anthony Michael Hall, reprotedly hoping to go to series. Tuesday (6/7) brings the anticipated returns of Covert Affairs & White Collar on USA, and the freshman season finale Comedy Central's Sports Show with Norm Macdonald; Friday (6/10) finds Camelot & CMT's Next Superstar closing their debut seasons, not to mention the mancentric Guys Choice Awards on Spike.
Hopefully you watched the premiere of MTV's new supernatural action-series Teen Wolf last nite...if not, make sure to watch one of its replays this evening. Tonight TW bites into its usual Monday timeslot - don't miss it!
For a full list of finales, specials, and premieres for June click here (via aoltv.com).
Now onto my favorite picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
6. Doctor Who - "The Almost People" (BBC-America)
5. Love Bites - "Firsts" (NBC)
4. Breakout Kings - "Where in the World is Carmen Vega" (A&E)
Lauren Vélez as Carmen Vega in Breakout Kings
3. CHAOS - "Eaten by Wolves" (CBS)
Winter Ave Zoli portrays Irina in CHAOS
2. Game of Thrones - "You Win or You Die" (HBO)
1. Camelot - "The Battle of Bardon Pass" (STARZ)
Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie] :-)
Cascada - "San Francisco"
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Kari Kimmel - "Go"
Follow Kari Kimmel on twitter. I'm very happy that she follows me!!
Guest Star of the Week: Lauren Vélez on Breakout Kings (A&E)
Trivia Question(s) of the Week:
1) Actor Greg Grunberg (a.k.a. J.J. Abrams' good luck charm) appears in this column as a star of NBC's Love Bites. Once upon a time he guest starred on a series led by the same strong actress debuting another pointedly perceptive series this Sunday. Greg's proficient previous guest appearance was on what penetrating show?
2) A medal goes to the first person to name one of the seven (7) dance styles McKynleigh Abraham (contestant on The Glee Project) has trained in professionally? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: Dollhouse (Winner: ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo)
* Full Episode Previews of the Week *
~ A.N.T. Farm - "TransplANTed" (DIS)
Clips of the upcoming premiere can be found here
* Watch (series co-star) Stefani Scott's brand new music video, "The Girl I Used to Know"
src: Dare 2 Dream
~ Ice Loves Coco: Baby Got Backstory (E!)
Ice-T & Coco recall their first meeting on Ice Loves Coco
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
Corrective Note: multiple publications described Single Ladies as a new "sitcom", but by my standards it'll from now on be found (if listed) in my hour long scripted list category.
~ Single Ladies - "Pilot" (VH1)
Follow series stars Stacey Dash, D.B. Woodside & Star Trek's Anthony Montgomery on twitter
~ Traffic Light - "Help Wanted" (FOX)
Aya Cash as Callie in "Help Wanted"
7. Platinum Hit - "This Is Platinum Hit" (Bravo)
Nick Nittoli, Jes Hudak, and Karen Waldrup perform "My City"
6. WWE Tough Enough - "Now We Face the Rattlesnake" (USA)
Diva Trish Stratus & "Stone Cold" Steve Austin are Tough Enough.
* Watch exit interview here.
5. The World According to Paris - "Breaking and Entering" (OXGN)
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4. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "Fear is Just a Four-Letter Word" (OWN)
3. The Dance Scene - "Out of the Closet and Into the Light" (E!)
Laurieann Gibson taps into Kherington's soul. (above)
Laurieann Gibson and Richard Jackson discuss hard truths.
2. Whale Wars - "Battle Cry" (ANIMP)
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1. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - "Is It Me or Have We Just Been Pushed Into a Corner?" (ABC)
Follow Jamie Oliver and join the Food Revolution on twitter
With twenty-five and a half hours of primetime programming watched to compile this week's column, it sorta surprised me there weren't enough scripted shows to fill out my standard lists. I decided not to rank the two (2) listed sitcoms this week, and to include The Looney Tunes Show & Supah Ninjas only as honorable mentions. Nearly making my Reality Shows List were (the last non-live epi of) The Voice, a challenge oritented American Chopper: $r. vs. Jr., the penultimate CMT's Next Superstar, and a boy band centered Singing Bee. My selection of Guest Star of the Week was enjoyably difficult for a second week in-a-row; Love Bites on its own, showcased three outstanding guest peformances from Krysten Ritter (Apartment 23), Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle), and Jennifer Love-Hewitt. Winter Ave Zoli also stood out as a memorable guest player on CHAOS.
A full list of shows viewed for this week's column can be seen here.
This weekend will be packed with lots of cool stuff my calendar has had highlighted for awhile, most eagerly anticipated for me are Saturday's series premiere of Alphas (Syfy) and the Sunday debut of The Glee Project on Oxygen. Also launching this Sunday are the series premieres of The Protector (Lifetime) and Ice Loves Coco (E!). June twelfth brings Army Wives (Lifetime) and Why Not? With Shania Twain (OWN) to their season finales, and rolls out the season premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!).
Lastly, turning towards awards shows, CMT hosts its annual CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (6/8), Spike hogs the remote this Friday (6/10) for its Guys Choice Awards, and you won't want to miss the Great White Way's biggest day this Sunday (6/12), the 2011 Tony Awards show on CBS.
Thanks for continuing to support my WiR columns through your readership, answering trivia questions, comments, voting in the polls, and spreading the word via twitter. Before extending my Best Wishes that you and yours enjoy Happy Viewing this week, I thought I'd share Michelle Marie's in-studio interview (for YoungHollywood.com) with nineteen year old musical artist JoJo about for her upcoming (third) album.
Be Well & Happy Viewing!
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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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