Senior TV Columnist Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 6/5/11)
Not a bad week of TV, considering the season. Camelot's finale appears in this column and might just be the first series to go a whole season never not listing in my Week in Review (I'll need to check my records). Odds are high Shania Twain will join that same rarified air in my next column. ABC-Family enjoys its first listing ever via the remarkably moving Switched at Birth, while MTV also debuts on my Scripted List for the first time ever thanks to the first two episodes of Teen Wolf! As anticipated, this column no longer sports an Outstanding Sitcoms section; that category will, of course, return in the fall (if not sooner). Though the sitcom competition is in its off-season, the teen sitcoms of Nickelodeon & Disney keep the laughs coming making my Teen Beat Pick of the Week more competitive than normal.
Regular readers will notice this column's lack of a Mortal Kombat finale webisode. The series' director reportedly plans to save it to be screened at SDCC; the future of the MK franchise will apparently be announced then. I'm going to continue honoring web series each week, and I welcome any suggestions and/or recommendations you might have. I'm very happy that rapper Chuck D now hosts a weekly web show, and I greatly look forward to upcoming animated web series, Torchwood: Web of Lies.
My picks to look out for this broadcast week include the season premieres of HawthoRNe, Memphis Beat, and Pretty Little Liars (all on Tues 6/14), as well as the series premiere of The Nine Lives of Chloe King that same night. The day after tomorrow (Wed 6/15) welcomes Hot in Cleveland back for its mid-season premiere and concludes the seasons of Top Chef: Masters & Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Friday (6/17) brings the official debut of Disney's new musical series A.N.T. Farm, and, Outcasts makes its series debut on BBC-America joining their Supernatural Saturdays lineup (6/18).
Now onto my picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. Army Wives - "Firefight" (Lifetime)
Erin Krakow plays Tanya Gabriel on Army Wives
6. Camelot - "Reckoning" (STRZ)
5. Switched at Birth - "This Is Not a Pipe" (FAM)
4. Teen Wolf - "Second Chance at First Line" (MTV)
3. Teen Wolf - "Wolf Moon" (MTV)
"Great Episode. Loved seeing the space pirates again."
2. Doctor Who - "A Good Man Goes to War" (BBC-America)
1. Game of Thrones - "The Pointy End" (HBO)
"...Best episode yet, no surprise since Martin wrote it himself,..."
Teen Beat Pick of the Week: iCarly - "iParty With Victorious" (nick)
~ Check out The Best Behind the Scenes from "iParty with Victorious" here.
* Download the climactic iCarly-Victorious MASH-UP song, "Leave It All to Shine" @ itunes
Guest Star of the Week: Michelle Trachtenberg on Love Bites (NBC)
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* Note: I'm unable to embed its video, yet rapper & hip-hop legend Chuck D has launched a new weekly web show produced by The Bomb Squad's Carl Ryder titled, Follow For Now. I unfortunately missed his premiere webisode from the last week of May, but I happily got wise in time to include his 2nd webisode in this column. Exploring the arenas of "pocket programming" & "micro-blogging" longtime netizen Chuck D features a variety of diverse segments such as The LaBEATory, TECH Talk, and T.W.I.T. (This Week in Twitter). In this webisode, RsTv's flagship show spotlights Flavor Flav promoting his new memoir, The Icon, and also showcases vid clips of Gladys Knight & the Pips (on Soul Train) and the trailer for Michael Rapaport's documentary film Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. This week's informative installment was dedicated to recently deceased "freedom fighters" Gil Scott Heron & Geronimo Pratt.
Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: Shakira - "Rabiosa"
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Trivia Questions of the Week:
1) Guest Star of the Week honoree Michelle Trachtenberg famously speaks the very last line of the final episode of which cherished supernatural-action series? [answered]
2) TV One's beloved series UnSung made my Reality Shows list this week for its spotlighting of R&B/Gospel diva Deniece Williams. She and Johnny Mathis sang the theme song of what hit 1980s sitcom? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answers: 1) Ballet (Winner: misac), 2) Profiler (Winner: n/a)
7. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Cadillac Build-Off, Pt.2" (DSC)
6. Legends & Legacies: McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice (HBO)
5. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "Finding My Voice" (OWN)
4. UnSung - Deniece Williams (TVONE)
3. Whale Wars - "No Escape" (ANIMP)
2. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - "We're Going to Go Guerilla" (ABC)
1. Through the Wormhole - "Is There Life After Death?" (Sci)
Of the robust thirty-four hours of primetime programming watched for this column, the hour long scripted shows coming closest to making my list were Love Bites, Single Ladies, In Plain Sight, and CHAOS. There's officially no sitcoms category this time out, but amongst shows for teens (and the young at heart) The Looney Tunes Show and a fun crossover episode of Good Luck Charlie (guest starring Bella Thorne & Zendaya Coleman of Shake It Up) were in the running for Teen Beat Pick of the Week. FTR, I'd never seen an epi of Good Luck Charlie before (this epi) and watched this one only to see Bella & Zendaya guest...I'm glad I did, I'm gonna start watching it regularly from now on. There was sure no shortage of Reality Shows for this column, the runners up for the week were Hollywood Treasure, The Voice, CMT's Next Superstar, and Inside the Actors Studio featuring the [adult] cast of ABC's Modern Family.
This upcoming Father's Day Sunday (6/19) don't miss the sure-to-be spectacular series premiere of Falling Skies on TNT.
A full list of all the shows I watched this week for this WiR can be found here.
Hopefully you enjoyed last nite's premiere of The Glee Project on Oxygen. I did! In case you missed it you can catch the official series premiere episode again tonight (or @ Hulu) - Check it out! Have a great, safe week. Be Well & Happy Viewing.
Written or Contributed by: Nightfly
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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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