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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 8/28/11 - True Blood, Hot in Cleveland, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Sunday, September 04 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 8/28/11)

Sorry for my column's absence last week, it was due to technical difficulties beyond my control. Then as the week rolled on I just decided to let that one go. I know what my Lists and Weekly Honorees were to be so if you're interested feel free to ask and I'll be happy to share those lost picks. For the week of this column, I watched only four of the six Summer Sitcoms I'd intended to resulting in only (those) four honorees in that category. Congrats to Syfy for being the only network to air multiple series placing on my hour-long Scripted List this week. Syfy has earned multiple placements on my last five Scripted Lists, four of which they bore that distinction alone.
The TV week highlighted in this column featured the series premiere of Dark Matters: Twisted But True, the mid-season return of American Chopper, the season finale of Hot in Cleveland (topping my sitcoms list for the second WiR in a row), Seventeen Magazine's annual cover special Seventeen's Pretty Amazing (on MTV), and the summer finale of Leverage.

One interesting development of the past week I thought I'd share was my very first watching of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. I really liked it, enough to look forward to watching it again - it airs tonight @ 9/8c. It's possible that I just landed on one of the series' best episodes, or something, but I frankly don't think so. Rather, I get the impression it's been good all along and I've just been missing out. Who knows? I could be wrong... it's all subjective and maybe I'll not dig the next few entries. However, I fairly quickly noticed numerous elements suggesting D3 will be another series I watch from now on. This new-view revelation may seem random but since I've either been wrong about what the show was for two plus seasons or it's grown into a show I now easily liked, I felt behooved to spread the word. I was particularly struck by the talent of series lead Brooke Elliott.
This Tuesday (9/6) delivers the season premieres of The Rachel Zoe Project, and, Outhouse favorite Sons of Anarchy. The waterfall of new fall series begins next week.
Now onto my picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Alphas - "A Short Time in Paradise" (Syfy)
Garret Dillahunt
Garret Dillahunt on Alphas

6. Warehouse 13 - "The 40th Floor" (Syfy)
Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams in "The 40th Floor"

5. Leverage - "The Queen's Gambit Job" (TNT)
The Leverage team in "The Queen's Gambit Job"

4. Burn Notice - "Better Halves" (USA)
Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter in "Better Halves"

3. Doctor Who - "Night Terrors" (BBC-America)

* Check out this revealing music-centric clip (above) BBC-America tweeted Friday.

2. Torchwood: Miracle Day - "The Gathering" (Starz)

1. True Blood - "Burning Down the House" (HBO)
Ep. 46 - Inside the Episode
+ Watch Jessica's latest [TV-MA] blog entry (below), recorded during the events of the above featured episode.

Jessica's Blog: Where Have All the Cowboys Gone
Guest Star of the Week: Charisma Carpenter on Burn Notice (USA)
Burn Notice
 Gabrielle Anwar, Charisma Carpenter, & Jeffrey Donovan
Webisode of the Week: The Guild (S5, Ep.6) - "Revolving Doors"
<a href="" target='_new' title='Season 5 - Episode 6 - Revolving Doors' >Video: Season 5 - Episode 6 - Revolving Doors</a>
I've missed more episodes of The Guild this season than I'd care to admit, but thanks to Day's current run on Eureka I've been reminded to watch this series and get caught up. This week's well-promoted episode (embedded above) features a prominent guest star you've probably already heard about... the last few epis, though, also include a lot of great guest stars (Brent Spiner being one of my favorites)! Even if you've never followed this series before I recommend checking out the last few highly entertaining Con-centered epis.

Runner-up: VEVO Stylized: Dev

Her Universe

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week:  [tie]
"All I Want Is Everything" by Victoria Justice (w/ cast of Victorious)

"Second Song" by TV On The Radio

other notable videos from last week;
"Fly" by Nicki Minaj (feat. Rihanna)
"I Was Broken" by Marcus Foster (feat. Kristen Stewart)
"Irresistible Force" by Jane's Addiction
"Old School" by Chuck Wicks
"So Fresh" by CJ Hilton
"Two Hearts Down" by The Black Lillies
"Wonder What It Do" by Snoop Dogg (feat. Uncle Chucc)
Trivia Question of the Week: The standout guest star of this week's The Guild is someone Felicia Day has previously worked with on multiple occasions. For this week's medal, name any of the projects they've worked on together prior to "Revolving Doors"?  [answered]

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous column's answers: "Miracle Worker" by SuperHeavy, "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5, & "Loud Music" by Michelle Branch (Winner: none)
* Summer Sitcoms *

4. Good Luck Charlie - "The Bob Duncan Experience" (Disney)
Good Luck Charlie
Bradley Steven Perry & Rico Rodriguez on Good Luck Charlie

3. Web Therapy - "Exposed!" (SHO)

2. The Looney Tunes Show - "Bugs & Daffy Get a Job" (TOON)

. Hot in Cleveland - "Elka's Big Day" (TVLD)

Disney Institute

* Reality Shows *

7. Born to Dance - "Suck It Up" (BET)
Lydia Sims
Dancer Lydia Sims

6. Seventeen's Pretty Amazing Contest (MTV)
Seventeen Magazine's "Pretty Amazing Contest" - MTV Shows
* read about it here.

5. Dark Matters: Twisted But True - "The Philadelphia Experiment; Electric Chair; Ape Human Hybrid" (Sci)

4. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "The Settlement" (DSC)

3. G4's Proving Ground - "Angry Birds" (G4)
G4's Proving Ground
The late Ryan Dunn hugs Jess Chobot

2. Inside Story: JAWS (BIO)

1. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens and Ancient Engineers" (History)

This week, as usual (lately), I missed a handful of shows I'd wanted to watch; Top Gear, both episodes of Melissa & Joey, and both episodes of History Detectives. D'Oh! On a very related note, I gotta say, 90min shows don't easily fit into my viewing schedule. Making matters worse, BBC-America isn't offering any content OnDemand at present, making Top Gear doubly hard to catch.
Out of the thirty-five hours of primetime programming I watched to compile this column, the hour-long scripted shows most narrowly missing my List were: The Closer, Eureka, Haven, Combat Hospital and Against the Wall. Few sitcoms airing this past week, combined with my missing a couple, means no Honorable Mentions for the Summer Sitcoms category this time. As for reality shows, Prehistoric Predators: Sabertooth, Wolf, and Shark all just missed my list, as did modern-day series What Not to Wear and Flipping Out. There were several remarkable guest appearances last week. The short list of thesps making my Guest Star of the Week pick difficult included Garret Dillahunt (on Alphas), Wallace Shawn (on Eureka), Kate Mulgrew (on Warehouse 13), Justina Machado (on The Protector), and, Lily Tomlin (on Web Therapy).

For the Disney fans that might've missed it, here's a link to Jeffrey Epstein's latest edition of D23's Disney Geek series! D23's Disney Geek will be on hiatus for the next few weeks so this could be the last installment till October.

Rather than talk about movies to close out this WiR column, I thought I'd highlight a singer starting anew. International pop-sensation Lena Katina (formerly the ginger half of t.A.T.u.) debuted her first two tracks & video last month which unluckily escaped my attention. On her own now and speaking English, Lena's elegantly tasteful (but NSFW) solo video is entitled, "Never Forget." In support of her career relaunch Lena's started a video blog to keep her fans updated as she records and promotes her upcoming album & new singles. Her most recent (Sept.) blog update can be viewed here, but in last month's posting she asks for help from artist fans in designing her a logo. Since I know a couple artists and friends of artists read my column I thought I'd post her request here now, since I missed it last month when she first made it.

* and to end with a bit of bts glamour, here's another clip (I'm pretty sure is SFW) Katina posted in August, The Making of Lena Katina's Photoshoot by Kate Turning. Enjoy.

Behold another Forceful scrolldown of every primetime column-worthy show I watched this week here.

Hopefully you didn't find the number of clips in this entry to be too many. Perhaps I was trying to make up a bit for not publishing a column last week. Enjoy this final quiet week before the fall roll-out begins and have a great Labor Day holiday, 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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