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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 9/4/11 - True Blood, Penguins of Madagascar, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, September 12 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 9/4/11)

As loaded as this Week in Review column is you'd probably think the fall season had already begun, well no, it really starts tomorrow (9/13). This installment's Scripted List does include the season finales of Torchwood & Rookie Blue, as well as the mid-season finale of Burn Notice; it also features another rare tie for the hour-long Scripted List's top spot. Congrats to Lifetime's cop drama Against the Wall for making its debut on my Scripted List in what was a fairly competitive week as well as the week that the non-renewal (cancellation) of Ally Walker's Lifetime series The Protector made news. The Penguins of Madagascar made history by becoming the very first animated show to ever claim the top spot of either my Summer or standard Sitcom categories! Considering the animated comedies I routinely highlight (The Simpsons & The Looney Tunes Show chief among 'em) I think the DreamWorks team deserves some kudos for achieving that outstanding accomplishment.  Nickelodeon didn't just take the top comedy spot, it also spawned this column's Guest Star of the Week and claims no less than three fifths of my Summer Sitcoms slots.

Tonight (9/12) you can catch the season finales of ABC's Bachelor Pad & HGTV Design Star, the series finale of TLC's Kate Plus 8, and, the premiere of new series Showhouse Showdown on HGTV.
Before jumping into my preferred picks from last week's TV I thought I'd point out that Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the hot nights of this week starting tomorrow (9/13). Tuesday welcomes 90210 and Parenthood back for their new seasons, not to mention the series premiere of Sarah Michelle Gellar's Ringer. Wednesday introduces new sitcoms Up All Night & Free Agents from the peacock network, season premieres of Survivor & America's Next Top Model, the series premiere of the provocative reality show H8R, and the season finale of FOX's Buried Treasure. Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Vampire Diaries kick-off new seasons this Thursday (9/15) which also ushers in new supernatural series The Secret Circle.
Now to my primetime picks...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

6. Against the Wall - "Obsessed and Unwanted" (Lifetime)

5. Burn Notice - "Dead to Rights" (USA)
Gabrielle Anwar
Gabrielle Anwar in "Dead to Rights"

4. Strike Back - "Episode 4" (MAX)

3. Rookie Blue - "God's Good Grace" (ABC)
Missy Peregrym
Missy Peregrym in "God's Good Grace"

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

1. Doctor Who - "The Girl Who Waited" (BBC-America)

1. True Blood - "Soul of Fire" (HBO)
Ep. 47 - Inside the Episode
* Bonus Video: Carrie Preston interviewed by Rocco Leo Gaglioti for Fashion News Live

Guest Star of the Week: Neil Patrick Harris on Penguins of Madagascar (nick)
Webisode(s) of the Week:
The Guild (S5, Ep.7) - "Downturn"
<a href="" target='_new' title='Season 5 - Episode 7 - Downturn' >Video: Season 5 - Episode 7 - Downturn</a>
features guest stars Neil Gaiman, Erin Gray, and Richard Hatch.

Bandwagon (S2, Ep.9) - "It's About Best Friends" [TV-MA]

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week:
"Invisible" by Skylar Grey

"Amor De Alta Mar" by Gustavo Galindo

* Honorable Mention [TV-MA]: "Run" by The Knux featuring Kid Cudi

other notables released last week:
"Give" by LeAnn Rimes
"God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
"Lessons Learned" by Kristin Chenoweth
"Loud N Proud" by Scoundrels
"Marvin & Chardonnay" by Big Sean (feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
"The Sound of Winter" by Bush
"This Moment/The More Things Change" by Truth Universal
"Wish You Were Here" by Avril Lavigne

Abbey Dawn

Trivia Question of the Week: Both webisodes this week star actresses well-known for working on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Can you name either character either actress played on his seminal genre series?

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Summer Sitcoms *

5. Web Therapy - "Psychic Analysis" (SHO)

4. Victorious - "Helen Back Again" (nick)

3. iCarly - "iDate Sam and Freddie" (nick)

2. The Looney Tunes Show - "That's My Baby" (TOON)
The Looney Tunes Show
Daffy & Bugs for The Looney Tunes Show

1. Penguins of Madagascar - "Blowhole Strikes Back" (nick)

Dream Out Loud

* Reality Shows *

7. Born to Dance - "Boys, Boys, Boys" (BET)
Born to Dance
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6. Quirky - "Sacrifice for Sex Appeal" (Sundance)

5. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Return of the Black Widow" (DSC)

4. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens, Plagues and Epidemics" (History)
Ancient Aliens
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3. Unleashed by Garo - "Can I Pull You a Little Bit Tighter?" (Sundance)

2. G4's Proving Ground - "Surviving Zombie Apocalypse" (G4)
Proving Ground
Jessica Chobot and Ryan Dunn

1. Curiosity: Parallel Universes (DSC)

I again missed a handful of reality shows I wanted to see but I always hope to see more than I can successfully schedule. Again the missed shows were Top Gear & History Detectives, though this week I added a couple episodes of Dinosaur Revolution to the missed list. I'm going to try real hard to stop missing Top Gear, but its 80min runtime and unavailability OnDemand make it frustratingly difficult. My oldest regular readers know how much I love TG and know that when I catch it, it consistently dominates my Reality Show lists.
From the thirty-three hours of primetime programming I did catch, the dramas just missing my hour-long scripted list were; The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Haven and the season finales of A&E's The Glades and ABC's freshman medi-drama Combat Hospital. Comedies barely missing my Summer Sitcoms list: both humorous episodes of Melissa & Joey, and, the latest adventure of nick's teen Supah Ninjas. Top Shot, What Not to Wear, Project Runway (featuring guest judge Rose Byrne), Dark Matters, and the season finale of Jeff Lewis' Flipping Out all earned honorable mentions amongst the Reality Shows this week.
Talented guests Jere Burns (on Burn Notice), John de Lancie (on Torchwood: Miracle Day), Callum Keith Rennie (on Rookie Blue), Steven Weber & Courteney Cox (both on Web Therapy) made my Guest Star of the Week choice more of a challenge than usual.

If you're interested in a complete list of the TV series I watched fo this column click here.

This bottom section of my column has turned into a sort of miscellaneous area, most often occupied by newly released film trailers. This week I instead spotlight a new movie poster alongside some engaging various other stuff. You've probably noticed my affinity for fashion programming, well, this past week marked the proud occasion of my first ever VIP invite to Fashion Week's FNO (Fashion's Night Out)! I was disappointingly unable to attend the festivities but I'm nonetheless grateful and can only hope to get another chance at it next year. Speaking of, check out this FNO music video by Lea Michele and the cast of Glee. (Beep Beep)

Back to the Future fans likely loved last week's news of Nike offering up fifteen hundred pairs of 2015, er 2011, Marty McFly model Nike Mags for auctionNike Air Mags to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Besides the handsome profile pic featured here (to the right) a showstopping clip about the super-kicks (featuring Doc Brown, Bill Hader, and directed by Frank Marshall) can be screened here. The enticing original teaser trailer can be viewed here.

Tuesday's a lucky day for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, bringing two series premieres involving ME alumna. Jane Espenson's new web-series Husbands (co-starring Alessandra Torresani, Caprica) debuts on the thirteenth, and, Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her long-awaited return to television that night in the mystery drama series, Ringer. Check out a trailer for Ringer (below).

* You can also catch Alessandra Torresani guesting tonight (9/12) on an all-new episode of Warehouse 13.

Lastly, last week unveiled two cool new posters including an appropriately futuristic 'moving poster' for the upcoming sci-fi series Terra Nova. You can see a clip of it here (uploaded by Jason O'Mara). Thanks to Klout I got an early look at TN and can truthfully say I was astounded! It handily exceeded my already high expectations in multiple ways.
The other cool poster making the scene was for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, presenting sets of numbers over a close-up of Tom Cruise. Read a bit more about the poster here via THR.
Ghost Protocol

Thanks for making my WiR column part of your weekly television roundup, I hope it's helped you catch or investigate some shows you might've otherwise missed. Come back next week for more of my picks (of the popcorn variety) and please do your best to Be Well & enjoy Happy new fall Viewing!! WooHoo!!!

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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