Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 6/12/11)
Surprise, surprise, there're more changes to my column (again) this week as I begin to acclimate to the new schedule. There isn't a Webisode of the Week this time out but I tried to make up for it with a few Disney vids at the close of the column. For the second week in-a-row Game of Thrones is my Top Pick of the Week, and for the record has never not made it onto my Scripted List. Still in their first handful of episodes Teen Wolf & Switched at Birth also share a perfect streak of column appearances, and, Shania Twain's Why Not? documentary series ended this past week having never not made my preferred Reality Shows list. The most prominent new change I've made to my WiR is to drop the Teen Beat Pick of the Week for the rest of the summer, instead merging that pool of Disney & Nick comedies with the sitcoms of TV Land to resurrect the Sitcoms category in the seasonal form of a new 'Summer Sitcoms' section. When the fall season begins I'll restore the Teen Beat Pick of the Week category again, though, teen oriented series have always been "in competition" with fall sitcoms as well.
Tonite (6/20) ushers in the season premieres of RuPaul's Drag U, Intervention & Hoarders, as well as the season finales of Sanctuary, Nurse Jackie & United States of Tara. Tomorrow (Tues 6/21) don't miss the series premiere of Combat Hospital, the mid-season premiere of Wipeout, and the season premieres of both POV & History Detectives on PBS. Wednesday (6/22) brings the season premieres of I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant (TLC) and both The Real World & Road Rules Challenge (on MTV). Burn Notice, Rookie Blue, Futurama, & Louie all return to primetime Thursday (6/23), Suits debuts (on USA), and the unconventional sitcom Wilfred premieres Thursday on FX too. Friday (6/24) sees the finale of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, while next Sunday (6/26) True Blood comes back to primetime, as does Leverage (TNT) and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH1). The 2011 BET Awards air next Sunday, also, Law & Order: Criminal Intent signs off that night with its series finale on USA.
Now onto my preferred picks from last week's TV and Music...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. The Nine Lives of Chloe King - "Pilot" (ABC-FAM)
6. HawthoRNe - "For Better or Worse" (TNT)
5. Love Bites - "Keep On Truckin'" (NBC)
4. Switched at Birth - "American Gothic" (ABC-FAM)
3. Army Wives - "Farewell to Arms" (Lifetime)
2. Teen Wolf - "Pack Mentality" (MTV)
- Daenerys (Game of Thrones, HBO)
1. Game of Thrones - "Baelor" (HBO)
Guest Star of the Week: Laura Prepon on Love Bites (NBC)
Laura Prepon & Steve Talley in "Keep On Truckin'"
Lady Gaga - "The Edge of Glory"
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Katy Perry - "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"
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Trivia Question of the Week: Guest Star of the Week honoree Laura Prepon has not only attended, but competed in, which World Series? [answered]
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answers: (1) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Winner: Psivage), (2) Family Ties (Winner: Psivage)
* Summer Sitcoms *
5. The Looney Tunes Show - "Casa da Calma" (TOON)
Daffy Duck impresses Starlet Johansson in "Casa da Calma"
4. Happily Divorced - "Pilot" (TVLD)
3. Shake It Up - "Model It Up" (Disney)
2. Hot in Cleveland - "Where's Elka?" (TVLD)
1. Shake It Up - "Vatalihootsit It Up" (Disney)
Bronson Pinchot as Kashlack Hessenheffer in "Vatalihootsit It Up"
7. Singing Bee - "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders" (CMT)
6. The Glee Project - "The Final 12 Casting Special" (OXGN)
* Web Exclusive video of the Mentors (above)
5. Celebrity Close Calls - "Ice-T, Cheryl Tiegs, Ed Begley Jr., Yancy Butler" (BIO)
* See full preview clips here
4. The Glee Project - "Individuality" (OXGN)
- Shania Twain (from Today Is Your Day)
3. Why Not? With Shania Twain - "Endless Love" (OWN)
2. Through the Wormhole - "Is There an Edge to the Universe?" (Sci)
1. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - "Feed Them Healthy Food With 77 Cents" (ABC)
In my efforts to compile the best, most encompassing, column possible I viewed thirty-six and a half hours of primetime TV programming. The Glades, Covert Affairs, Single Ladies, and In Plain Sight came closest to making my Scripted List; Good Luck Charlie & A.N.T. Farm (both on the Disney Channel) both just missed my new Summer Sitcoms section, while of the sea of reality shows out there, Hollywood Treasure, The World According to Paris, G4's Proving Ground, Platinum Hit, and Ice Loves Coco were all narrowly edged out of my Reality Shows category.
Guest stars from last week who were in close contention for my Guest Star of the Week honor included Bronson Pinchot on Shake It Up & Marc Anthony for HawthoRNe.
The absence of a Webisode of the Week is only temporary, hopefully I'll be able to find something cool enough to bring it back again soon. The Disney Channel, meantime, has recently released a couple music videos I'm happy to highlight here.
"We Can Change The World" (by Good Luck Charlie star Bridgit Mendler) hit the web Saturday (6/11) while I was busy assembling my previous week's column, but I'm including it in this column (as an honorable mention) anyway.
This past Friday, during the official premiere of A.N.T. Farm (starring China Anne McClain), Disney premiered "Watch Me" by Bella & Zendaya from Shake It Up. Learn more about its upcoming release dates here and check out a bit of it below.
Lastly, the latest edition of D23's Disney Geek! Covering all things Disney.
If you want to know every show I watched for this Week in Review column click here.
Did you see Falling Skies two-hour series premiere last nite (Sun 6/19)? What an impressive cast, I hope Capt. Dale Dye (ret.) makes more appearances - any opportunity to watch him lead is a privilege. Join me next weekend for what's sure to be an interesting WiR column - considering the season finale of Game of Thrones and the series premiere of Falling Skies will be just two obvious favorites in competition, my task surely won't be an easy one. Until then,...
Be Well & Happy Viewing!
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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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