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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 6/26/11 - True Blood, Selena Gomez, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, July 03 2011 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.

TV Week in Review (week of 6/26/11)

Happy 4th of July weekend!! Jumping right into WiR business, the thrilling season premiere of True Blood helped HBO top my Scripted Shows List for the fourth week consecutively. The E! Channel deserves congrats for topping my Reality Shows List for the first time ever, via their outstanding Selena Gomez Special. Betty White and the ladies of Hot in Cleveland take my top Summer Sitcoms slot for a second week in-a-row! My spotlighted Music Video of the Week is actually a newly released 20min documentary about Beyoncé's new abum "4." But don't worry, if you were expecting non-documentary music videos you won't be disappointed. I've included the six (6) highest profile videos released this past week and ordered them (to my liking) for loopable play. My Guest Star of the Week gave me a little grief; first, there were several noteworthy guest appearances in contention, and second, the two I made co-honorees *I hope* will become recurring characters. I checked IMDB and neither is listed as returning soon.
As for tonight (7/3) don't miss the season finale of HBO's Treme. ABC-Family is airing a three episode catch-up marathon of Chloe King Tuesday (7/5), so if you've been wishing you caught that series from the beginning this is your second chance to. Wednesday (7/6) brings the season closers of Hollywood Treasure (Syfy) & Men of a Certain Age (TNT), while Thursday (7/7) delivers the much-anticipated return of Big Brother (on CBS). The National Geographic Channel airs some intriguing dinosaur programming on Thursday, and also that nite, PBS will air a Special Presentation of An American Family: Anniversary Edition. The fourth season premiere of UK sci-fi hit Torchwood debuts its inaugural season as a first-run American series this Friday (7/8) as Torchwood: Miracle Day (on Starz). Its accompanying webseries, Torchwood: Web of Lies , will run parallel to the TV series and is not what I'd previously expected. You can read in detail about it here, but, the nutshell version is that it's an interactive animated phone app, telling its story (and offering clues to the Miracle Day mystery) across ten three-minute motion comic webisodes downloadable from iTunes, starting this week. It's truthfully a game as much as a web series and the first one is free!
The second season premiere of (former Design Star winner) Emily Henderson's series, Secrets From a Stylist, hits HGTV next Saturday (7/9). Emily's adorable and a genius designer to boot - if you haven't seen her show yet, you're missing out.
Now onto my preferred picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Love Bites - "Stand and Deliver" (NBC)

6. Covert Affairs - "All the Right Friends" (USA)
Benito Martinez
Benito Martinez in "All the Right Friends"

5. The Nine Lives of Chloe King - "Green Star" (ABC-FAM)

Follow Grace Phipps on twitter.

4. Teen Wolf - "The Tell" (MTV)
And check out Jackson's recommended video pick if you enjoy excellently acted movies.

3. Burn Notice - "Bloodlines" (USA)
Burn Notice
Jeffrey Donovan & Sharon Gless in "Bloodlines"

* Have you been reading BN's new interactive graphic novel? Pick up where Season 4 left off and follow Michael Westen as he tracks down the organization that burned him. The twelve chapters in Volume 1 - one new chapter every week - will include all of your favorite characters from the series as well as some familiar enemies. The story is currently up to Chapter 2 and both it, and Chapter 1, can still be accessed at its library.

2. Falling Skies - "Prisoner of War" (TNT)

1. True Blood - "She's Not There" (HBO)

Ep. 37 – Inside the Episode
Guest Star(s) of the Week: [tie]
Alicia Coppola on The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC-Family)
Alicia Coppola
Alicia Coppola as Valentina in "Green Star"

Steven Weber on Falling Skies (TNT)
Steven Weber
Noah Wyle & Steven Weber in "Prisoner of War"
Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: plus 6 more
Beyoncé - "Year of 4"  (21min documentary video)

Coldplay - "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"

Tinie Tempah - "Till I'm Gone" featuring Wiz Khalifa

David Guetta - "Where Them Girls At" featuring Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida

Joe Jonas - "See No More"

Lady Antebellum - "Just A Kiss"

Mindless Behavior - "Mrs. Right" featuring Diggy Simmons, LL Cool J, Mike Epps; Dir by Brett Ratner


Trivia Question of the Week: In 2010 Selena Gomez recorded the theme song for a Disney show that debuted that year, and has been my Teen Beat Pick of the Week multiple times. Which show is it?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Last week's answer: "It's The Falling In Love" (Winner: none)
* Summer Sitcoms *

5. Good Luck Charlie - "Monkey Business" (Disney)
Good Luck Charlie
Watch Good Luck Charlie Sundays on the Disney Channel

4. The Looney Tunes Show - "The Foghorn Leghorn Story" (TOON)

Tags: MTV Shows

3. Happily Divorced - "Anniversary" (TVLD)

2. State of Georgia - "Pilot" (ABC-FAM)
State of Georgia
Majandra Delfino & Raven-Symoné in State of Georgia

1. Hot in Cleveland - "Unseparated at Birthdates" (TVLD)


* Reality Shows *

7. Platinum Hit - "The L Word" (Bravo)
6. The World According to Paris - "Hola, Baby?" (OXGN)

Bonus Act: Lexie and Paris Chuck Junk

5. Ice Loves Coco - "Baby Got Birthday" (E!)
Listen to a one minute clip of Coco's single "Shoe Freak" then buy it on iTunes.

4. UnSung - "Big Daddy Kane" (TVONE)
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Follow Big Daddy Kane on twitter.

3. Hollywood Treasure - "Lost in Apes" (Syfy)
Hollywood Treasure
Follow the Hollywood Treasure gang on twitter.

2. The Glee Project - "Vulnerability" (OXGN)

Follow Special Guest Advisor Dot Jones on twitter.

1. E! Special: Selena Gomez (E!)
Selena Gomez
Follow Selena Gomez on twitter.

Sure it seems like a lot (and it is), but this week I only screened thirty-three hours of programming to compile this column. Plenty of hour-long scripted shows and reality shows mean there're full honorable mention rosters for those categories, though the Summer Sitcom section enjoys only one, A.N.T. Farm (Disney). Leverage, HawthoRNe, White Collar, CHAOS & Rookie Blue almost made my Scripted List, while, Through the Wormhole, Hollywood Treasure, Rocco's Dinner Party, and My Yard Goes Disney just missed being Reality picks.
As mentioned in my opening paragraph, my Guest Star of the Week selection gave me a bit of a fit (unsure of who might be returning/recurring or not)... but aside from the honorees I chose, both Gary Cole (on True Blood) & Dot Jones on The Glee Project turned in moving & memorable guest appearances as well.

Check out a forceful list of every show I watched for this week's 4th of July weekend column here.

Happy Birthday to Actor/Producer/Stuntman Tom Cruise today!! An early twitter follower who, merely by giving my efforts that e-nod (about a half a year ago), sent a huge gust of wind to my sails just when I needed it. I warmly wish Tom and his family all the best this special weekend. If you missed the internet premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol's trailer this past week, make sure to take a look at it (below). And, if you're not already doing so, make a wise move and follow Tom on twitter.

Thanks to all who've stuck with my Week in Review column for the past year, and a Happy 4th of July salute to anyone just finding it for the first time! Have fun this weekend. 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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