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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 8/14/11 - True Blood, Torchwood & more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, August 22 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review (week of 8/14/11)

Congrats to Syfy for being the only net to earn two slots on my one-hour Scripted List this week. This is the fourth week in-a-row that Syfy has garnered two spots on that list. Cinemax's Strike Back made my Scripted List for its second consecutive week since premiering. I couldn't choose just one Top of the List pick this outing so I decided to make this week's #1 spot a tie. Turns out, according to my records, this is the first time I've ever done that in that category. True Blood delivered its reliable awesomeness but this past week Torchwood was undeniably impressive as well. Speaking of ties, my Webisode of the Week title is a shared honor this time. If you don't like one of the entries, perhaps you'll like the other. ABC-Family and TV Land split the spoils in the Summer Sitcoms section, a fairly common occurrence in recent months, and, my Reality Shows category welcomes some unexpected additions that even surprised me.
As mentioned last column, I'm lacking a decent list of premiere and finale dates so you'll just have to check my daily TV forum polls to learn what might be starting or ending in the upcoming week. One show I'm really looking forward to is tonight's Alphas (Monday, August 22nd @ 10/9c) on Syfy, most notably because Summer Glau is guesting!
I now happily present my favorite shows from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

6. Alphas - "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure" (Syfy)
Alaina Huffman in "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure"

5. Haven - "Audrey Parker's Day Off" (Syfy)

4. The Nine Lives of Chloe King - "Beautiful Day" (ABC-FAM)
Alicia Coppola
Alicia Coppola in "Beautiful Day"

3. Strike Back (MAX)
Strike Back
Sullivan Stapleton & Philip Winchester star in Strike Back
* Watch this [TV-MA] episode for free here.

2. Teen Wolf - "Code Breaker" (MTV)
Teen Wolf - MTV Shows
* Take a look at the latest Teen Wolf comic @ MTV Geek!

1. Torchwood: Miracle Day - "Immortal Sins" (Starz)
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Daniele Favilli as Angelo in "Immortal Sins"

1. True Blood - "Spellbound" (HBO)

Ep. 44 - Inside the Episode
Guest Star of the Week: Anne-Marie Johnson on Leverage (TNT)
Anne-Marie Johnson
Anne-Marie Johnson
Webisode(s) of the Week: [tie]
Bandwagon (S2, Ep.6) - "Namaste, Bitch"

These Are The Breaks: Vice in Vegas  -- DJ Vice

Joseph Campbell Foundation

Fave *New* Music Video of the Week: Lady Gaga - "Yoü and I"

* a handful of my other favorites;
The Band Perry - "All Your Life"
The Duke Spirit - "Surrender" {I really dig this track!}
Kaiser Chiefs - "Man on Mars"
Martina McBride - "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" {You're gonna need a tissue}
Miggs (feat. Lindsay Lohan) - "Let The Games Begin"

Outhouser's Choice: Lady Gaga - "Yoü and I"
Trivia Question of the Week: Mick Jagger was described by me as "an element" in three of the music videos featured in last week's WiR column. Naming all three videos in which he either appeared or was somehow referenced will win someone this week's trivia medal. Can you name them?

Current Medal Standing:
Jonathan Carroll:


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

5. State of Georgia - "It's Not Easy Being Green" (ABC-FAM)
State of Georgia
Majandra Delfino & Raven-Symoné in "It's Not Easy Being Green"

4. Web Therapy - "Shrinking and Growing" (SHO)

3. Happily Divorced - "Torn Between Two Lovetts" (TVLD)
Happily Divorced
Charles Shaughnessy & Fran Drescher

2. State of Georgia - "Locked Up, a Broad" (ABC-FAM)
State of Georgia
Raven-Symoné & Majandra Delfino in "Locked Up, a Broad"

1. Hot in Cleveland - "Indecent Proposals" (TVLD)
Huey Lewis
Huey Lewis in "Indecent Proposals"

Abbey Dawn

* Reality Shows *

7. What Not to Wear: Top 10 Fashion Resistas (TLC)

6. Project Runway - "All About Nina" (Lifetime)

Follow Nina Garcia and Kimberly Goldson on Twitter.

5. Born to Dance - "Designing Dancers" (BET)
Born To Dance
Follow Born to Dance on Twitter.

4. G4's Proving Ground - "Spider-Man's Powers" (G4)
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn dressed to wall-climb.

3. The Glee Project - "Generosity" (OXGN)
The Glee Project
Lindsay, Alex, Damian, and Samuel

2. Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters (BBC-America)

Prequel webisode to "Let's Kill Hitler"

1. Inside Story: Dances with Wolves (BIO)
Dances With Wolves
Graham Greene & Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves

Though I missed a few shows I'd intended to catch, I still watched forty-one and a half hours of primetime TV to assemble this column; twenty-one hours of scripted drama. In this hotly competitive week both the "Boiler Room" and "Grave Danger" jobs from Leverage just missed my Scripted List, as did Eureka, Warehouse 13, and The Glades. The only sitcoms I watched that didn't make my comedy list were A.N.T. Farm and both new episodes of Melissa & Joey. This was the first week I ever watched Melissa & Joey and I like it a lot, it's funny. Celebrity Close Calls, Ancient Aliens, UnSung, Flipping Out, and, What Not to Wear (guest starring Jenny McCarthy & Cheryl Burke) all ride the Reality Shows bench this time out.

Guest actors making it super-difficult to choose this week's honoree included Daniele Favilli (on Torchwood: Miracle Day), Sasha Behar (on Strike Back), Huey Lewis (on Hot in Cleveland), Neil Grayston (on Warehouse 13), and Alaina Huffman (on Alphas).

In case you haven't seen it yet there's only a few days left to experience Glee: The 3D Concert Movie before it leaves theaters. Also in theaters currently are genre remakes, Conan the Barbarian & Fright Night.

Check out a complete list of all shows watched for this week's column here.

You may've noticed my title bump to Entertainment Editor? Well, one of my highest priorities now is to recruit new writers for the Outhouse's expanding entertainment division. We're especially looking for someone to write an entertainment news of the day (or week) type column; movie, tv, music news, casting rumors, and the like. If you're interested in filling this plumb role let me know.

It's been an unexpectedly busy weekend for me, so I'm gonna wrap it up here. 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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