Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 6/19/11)
Welcome to another Week in Review! This past week was an epic one; Game of Thrones topped my Scripted List for the third consecutive week with its gripping freshman season finale. Fave recent series such as The Glee Project, Teen Wolf, Through the Wormhole, and Celebrity Close Calls all maintained unbroken streaks of never having missed my Lists. It's a safe bet Falling Skies will also become a mainstay as well. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution didn't just consistently list *every* episode, it (according to my records) owned the #1 slot in my Reality Shows category *every* week it aired. I didn't watch any of its epis last season, but this season Hot in Cleveland & new series Happily Divorced have both made my list every airing and HiC climbed to the top Summer Sitcoms slot this week!
While I've come up wanting (again) for a Webisode of the Week selection, I tried to compensate with ties in both the Guest Star & New Music Video of the Week categories. Plus I threw in two honorable mention music vids below for good measure. And, in lieu of a web series, I can recommend you jump onboard the web comics for Teen Wolf & Falling Skies available online now.
This upcoming week, beginning tonight (6/26), is a very eventful one filled with finales & premieres. Most notable of tonight's premieres is the long awaited return of HBO's mega-hit True Blood! Also noteworthy tonight are the premieres of Leverage, The Marriage Ref & Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Tonight (6/26) Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs its series finale, Underbelly reportedly airs its season finale (I don't know for sure because I don't have DirecTV), and BET spotlights its arrivals-through-afterparty coverage of the 2011 BET Awards. Tomorrow (Mon 6/27) boasts the season premieres of Showtime's Weeds & The Big C, as well as the series premiere of My Babysitter's a Vampire (on Disney). Wednesday welcomes Royal Pains, Melissa & Joey, and VH1's Behind the Music back to the schedule, while The Voice airs its finale results show that same night. Wednesday (6/29) additionally rolls out the series premieres of both Necessary Roughness (on USA) & State of Georgia (on ABC-Family). Extreme Chef (on the Food Network) makes its series debut Thursday (6/30), while, Ugly Americans & Wicked Attraction return with their season premieres. And that's not even mentioning Friday or Saturday, hehe.
Now onto my list picks from last week's primetime programming...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. Falling Skies - "The Armory" (TNT)
6. Covert Affairs - "Bang and Blame" (USA)
5. Rookie Blue - "Butterflies" (ABC)
4. Love Bites - "Sky High" (NBC)
3. Teen Wolf - "Magic Bullet" (MTV)
"Will Patton and Moon Bloodgood are always money."
2. Falling Skies - "Live and Learn" (TNT)
1. Game of Thrones - "Fire and Blood" (HBO)
Learn more by exploring Game of Thrones' Guide to Houses.
Guest Star(s) of the Week: [tie]
Eddie McClintock on Love Bites (NBC)
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Katheryn Winnick on The Glades (A&E)
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Britney Spears - "I Wanna Go"
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Shania Twain - "Today Is Your Day"
* I've had crappy luck with embedded VEVO (exclusive) videos lately, watch the official video here.
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Trivia Question of the Week: Yesterday, Saturday (6/25), marked the somber two year anniversary of Michael Jackson's untimely death. Which song on Michael's classic "Off The Wall" album did recently featured Shania collaborator David Foster co-write?
Current Medal Standing:
~ Last week's answer: Poker (Winner: Psivage)
* Summer Sitcoms *
5. Good Luck Charlie - "Bye Bye Video Diary" (Disney)
4. A.N.T. Farm - "The PhANTom Locker" (Disney)
3. The Looney Tunes Show - "Devil Dog" (TOON)
Tags: MTV Shows
2. Happily Divorced - "Pillow Talk" (TVLD)
1. Hot in Cleveland - "How I Met My Mother" (TVLD)
7. The World According to Paris - "New Year, Old Drama" (OXGN)
6. Whale Wars - "The Devil's Icebox" (ANIMP)
5. Hollywood Treasure - "Holy Gobstopper, Batman!" (Syfy)
4. Celebrity Close Calls - "Bobby Brown, Morgan Fairchild, Jewel, Elliott Yamin" (BIO)
- Celebrity Close Calls
3. Through the Wormhole - "Does Time Really Exist" (Sci)
2. The Glee Project - "Theatricality" (OXGN)
1. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - "A New Start, A New Chance" (ABC)
From thirty-seven hours of watched programming, the remarkable dramas Switched at Birth, White Collar, Combat Hospital, Burn Notice & HawthoRNe barely missed my hour-long Scripted List. Being summer, there was of course no shortage of reality shows - this week honorable mentions go to Hollywood Treasure, Ice Loves Coco, UnSung, Platinum Hit, & Rocco's Dinner Party (guest starring D.L. Hughley & Padma Lakshmi).
I'm still lookin' out for just the right Web Series to feature (ideally starting w/ its premiere webisode). If you hear of any new ones or have any favorites please let me know. On a related note, awesome gamer-babe Tara Platt, a mutual follow on twitter, is currently hard at work shooting a soon to debut web series called Shelf Life. SL is about the lives of action figures perched on a young boy's shelf. Keep abreast of news and updates by following SL on twitter or friending it on Facebook. Tara plays superheroine Hero Lass!
Besides my music video picks of the week by Britney & Shania, teen superstar Selena Gomez and Los Angeles based rockband Rival Sons also released exceptional videos this past week too. Enjoy.
Selena Gomez - "Love You Like A Love Song"
Rival Sons - "Pressure and Time"
If you're curious to know all the shows I watched to compile this column, and honestly, I missed a handful I'd meant to see, click here.
Before closing out this WiR column I wanted to share in the celebratory enthusiasm for J.K. Rowling's latest brilliant creation, Pottermore. If you haven't seen Rowling's video announcement yet, watch it below. While not opening till October, today's email registrants may be selected as one of the lucky million granted earlier (beta-tester) access. Register now at Pottermore then make sure to check back July 31st (Harry's birthday) to learn if an owl has a special delivery for you.
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As this column's lengthy opening paragraphs illuminate, there are a lot of premieres & finales airing this week (of 6/26). Keep up to date on what's on every night by checking out my daily Primetime polls and, in case you weren't aware, I post a movie poll each weekend wherein you can learn what may (or may not) be showing in a theater or on Pay-per-View in your area.
Try to stay in the shade if your region's as hot as mine. Be Well & Happy Viewing!
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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