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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 8/7/11 - True Blood, Whale Wars, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, August 14 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review (week of 8/7/11)

Oh, hello there Cinemax. In case you missed its series premiere this past Friday, Cinemax entered the primetime original series game with the hard-hitting, super-ballistic actioner Strike Back. SB debuts on my Scripted List in the no.4 slot, but expect to it climb higher without Falling Skies to compete with. Regarding Falling Skies, as I sometimes do, I decided to count its two-hour finale as one long episode as opposed to two separate ones; some 2hr finales feel like two different stories jammed together but this finale felt very cohesive so I decided to consider it (as) one. You can access the two individual episodes, though, by clicking on their titles.
Regular readers of this column have surely figured out I'm really high on True Blood this season (every season, to be honest). In many ways I actually prefer this season over the last. That said, I thought last week's TB epi was especially great -- the "Inside the Episode" video below does an excellent job of explaining why. Jessica's journey towards the sun, at the end, literally had me on the edge of my seat.
Three series that earned special notice this past week are Whale Wars, Warehouse 13, and half-hour sitcom State of Georgia. Friday belonged to Whale Wars as Animal Planet dedicated no less than five hours to the ocean-conscious show, all of which are represented in this column (though one hour only received Honorbale Mention). State of Georgia surprisingly claims my top Summer Sitcom slot for a second week-in-a-row, and, W13 produces a second consecutive Guest Star of the Week (no easy feat) as well.
My Webisode of the Week this time comes from a web series in its second season, but with an episode I think is approachable enough for new viewers. It also comes up because of the bevy of celebs that often appear in it and the fact that its the baby of one of my favorite actresses, Emma Caulfield. She's also racing the clock right now to finance a three phase comic-to-screen idea you can read more about below. Emma coincidentally tweeted today, "The depths of love I have for Mick Jagger knows no bounds"; Mick's an element in three of the music videos I text-linked this week, btw. Speaking of music videos... lots came out this week and I predict my two (tied) choices for favorite might surprise some folks. Fact is, I replayed all the featured vids multiple times and the two I chose just strike me as the most ambitiously theatrical & creative - a highly subjective decision, no doubt.
For info on upcoming finales and/or premieres you'll have to check my daily Primetime TV polls in the forum (a.k.a. Asylum), as I've yet to find a decent list for the month of August. If you know of one, please share.
Now onto my favorites from last week... and be mindful of the several videos in this column labeled TV-MA.
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages. Numerous videos this week are TV-MA. *

7. Switched at Birth - "The Homecoming" (ABC-FAM)
Switched at Birth
Gilles Marini & Vanessa Marano in "The Homecoming"
* Learn The ASL Alphabet from the cast of Switched at Birth here.

"I just want you.":
- Emmett (Switched at Birth, ABC-FAM)

6. Warehouse 13 - "3... 2... 1" (Syfy)
Jaime Murray
Jaime Murray as H.G. Wells in "3... 2... 1"

5. Eureka - "Omega Girls" (Syfy)
Debrah Farentino
Debrah Farentino as Beverly in "Omega Girls"

4. Strike Back - "Pilot" (MAX)

3. Torchwood: Miracle Day - "The Middle Men" (Starz)
Alexa Havins
Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond in "The Middle Men"

"Good shot.":
- Capt. Weaver (Falling Skies, TNT)

2. Falling Skies - "Mutiny"/"Eight Hours" (TNT)
Noah Wyle
Noah Wyle as Tom Mason in Falling Skies
* The Resistance Continues Summer 2012

1. True Blood - "Cold Grey Light of Dawn" (HBO)
Ep. 43 - Inside the Episode
* I definitely need to be keeping up w/ Jessica's blog. See her latest insightful [TV-MA] video below.

Jessica's Blog: Born Again
Guest Star of the Week: Jaime Murray on Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Jaime Murray
Jaime Murray as H.G. Wells in "3... 2... 1"
Webisode of the Week: Bandwagon - "Shouldn't Have Talked To An Actress" [TV-MA]

* If you haven't been following it up till now, Emma Caulfield's Bandwagon is in its second season already for which this is its fifth episode. Though I've enjoyed this web series for awhile I haven't posted it here because it can get a little raunchy and isn't shy about using the F-word. Nevertheless, this episode is funny and features familiar faces I thought readers might enjoy seeing.
** Caulfield fans wishing to support her three phase comic idea, RIPPED, can contribute funding here. Her kickstarter project only runs till August 27th.

Andrew Charles

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
Jessie J - "Who's Laughing Now"

Oh Land - "White Nights"

* other noteworthy videos released this past week;
SuperHeavy - "Miracle Worker"
Taylor Swift - "Sparks Fly"
Maroon 5 - "Moves Like Jagger" (featuring Christina Aguilera)
FreeSol - "Hoodies On, Hats Low" (Dir. by Justin Timberlake)
Scott McCreery - "I Love You This Big"
Michelle Branch - "Loud Music"
and the most viewed video of last week...
Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Otis"
* Fastball Fact: The vehicle used in the [TV-MA] "Otis" video will soon be sold for auction, with proceeds going to East African Drought Disaster relief.

In an Outhouse weekend music poll "Moves Like Jagger," "Otis," "Sparks Fly" and "Loud Music" all tied for most votes earned.
And, although "Same Folks" by Evidence (feat. Fashawn) technically came out the week before last, it got enough love from a couple of Outhousers to merit mention here since it's my fault for not having included it last week. FYI, this video is [TV-MA].
Trivia Question of the Week: Of the series placing on my various lists in this particular column, which series (lead) star sustained a broken ankle this past week in a frightfully unusual bus accident?

Current Medal Standing:
Jonathan Carroll:


~ Last week's answer:  Crash (Winner: none)
* Summer Sitcoms *

5. A.N.T. Farm - "replicANT" (Disney)
A.N.T. Farm
Noah Alexander Gerry & China Anne McClain in "replicANT"

4. Web Therapy - "Public Relations" (SHO)

3. iCarly - "iLost My Mind" (nick)

2. Happily Divorced - "Vegas Baby" (TVLD)

"We look like Big Bird's illegitimate kids.":
- Georgia (State of Georgia, ABC-FAM)

. State of Georgia - "The Popular Chicks" (ABC-FAM)
State of Georgia
Raven-Symoné & Majandra Delfino in "The Popular Chicks"


* Reality Shows *

7. Whale Wars: The Battle Unfolds (ANIMP)

6. The Glee Project - "Believability" (OXGN)
Follow Hannah on Twitter and "like" her on Facebook.

5. G4's Proving Ground - "Mortal Kombat" (G4)
Jessica Chobot
Follow Jessica Chobot on Twitter.

4. Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait (BBC-America)
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay on the hunt for shark fin.

3. Whale Wars - "Delivering the Final Blow" (ANIMP)
Fiona McCuaig
Sea Shepherd Fiona McCuaig

2. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens and Sacred Places" (History)
Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock

"The possibility is there you can die...":
- Capt. Paul Watson

1. Before Whale Wars: At the Edge of the World (ANIMP)
Capt. Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd Founder, Capt. Paul Watson

All told I watched around forty-five hours of TV in service to this column. Drama series Teen Wolf, Haven, Single Ladies, Rizzoli & Isles, and Covert Affairs all almost made this week's Scripted List, with Hot in Cleveland snagging my only Sitcom Honorable Mention - only because it was just a bloopers clip show, albeit a very funny one. Project Runway, Whale Wars: War Stories (hosted by Lisa Ling), Flipping Out, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Rocco's Dinner Party came closest to being featured in my Reality Shows category. Par for the seasonal course, I watched around twenty hours worth of Reality shows [alone] for this WiR.
Choosing Guest Star of the Week was unusually difficult this time. I'm cool with my (fanboy) choice but could certainly understand if someone wanted to argue on behalf of Jane Lynch for Web Therapy, Annabeth Gish for Against the Wall, Gilles Marini for Switched at Birth, or, Jim Parsons for iCarly.

To see a full list of al shows watched for this week's column, click here.

Regular readers know I'm a hardcore Gleek and as such I plan on spotlighting Glee: The 3D Concert Movie each week of its 2-week run. Last week I neglected to mention it, but you can also follow the film on Twitter, I do.

Movie fans will surely be excited to learn that Star Wars: The Complete Saga - all six films plus much more - will be released on Blu-ray next month (September 16th)! The comprehensive megaset includes never before seen footage & over forty hours of bonus materials. Check out the preview clip below and watch two other promos for it here.

Well, the month's about half over and I still haven't found a decent list of premieres and finales for August. As a result I basically learn each day as I compile my daily Primetime TV polls what's starting or ending or what have you. If I'd had such a list I surely would've mentioned Strike Back in my last column. As of now I learn about finales 'n premieres each day by scrolling a day ahead through my onscreen cable guide listings and scanning the show descriptions.
Anyway, stay cool this week and don't forget to let me know if you're interested in contributing reviews or a column to the Outhouse. Take care,... 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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