Entertainment Editor Nightfly lists his preferred picks from the previous week of primetime programming.
TV Week in Review (week of 9/11/11)
One could rightly describe this past week as the calm before the storm. Even so, it brought Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to television in Ringer, and, NBC's new romantic comedy Free Agents (co-starring Anthony Head back in the role he created in the original British version).
The History Channel makes its mark again with high ranking episodes of Top Shot and Ancient Aliens and is the only net to place on my Reality Shows list more than once this week. Ancient Aliens' top spot reality win spotlights its third consecutive week making my column. No network garnered more than a single Outstanding Sitcoms nod this outing, though, Syfy impressively dominated my main hour-long Scripted List with moving and intense episodes of Eureka, Warehouse 13 & Alphas. It's not often that a single net claims three of my main scripted slots so congrats are most definitely due to Syfy.
Super-celebratory kudos go to HBO's True Blood for concluding a season last Sunday for which Top of the List honors were awarded every week I published a column. Ball's genre favorite shared the no.1 slot on rare occasion(s) but it was never outshined by a rival.
Glee, Fringe, How I Met Your Mother (premiering tonight), Nikita, Castle (premiering tonight) and Hawaii Five-O (also premiering tonight) are the returning shows I'd most recommend for the current week. Debuting series New Girl (starring Zooey Deschanel), J.J. Abrams' Person of Interest, 2 Broke Girls (premiering tonight), A Gifted Man (starring Patrick Wilson, Rachelle Lefevre & Margo Martindale), Whitney and Unforgettable (starring Poppy Montgomery & Dylan Walsh) are my official 'best bets' among the many pilots premiering this week. Here's a helpful schedule grid of all fall premieres for the month from the good folks at TV Guide. Also airing tonight (Mon 9/19) is the season premiere of Two and a Half Men starring Ashton Kutcher, and, a sneak preview episode of Nickelodeon's upcoming Kung Fu Panda series titled Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness!!!
Now onto my favorite picks from last week...
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *
7. The Closer - "Fresh Pursuit" (TNT)
Mark Pellegrino & Kyra Sedgwick in "Fresh Pursuit"
6. Warehouse 13 - "Shadows" (Syfy)
Alessandra Torresani guests in "Shadows"
5. Ringer - "Pilot" (CW)
Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer
4. Eureka - "One Small Step" (Syfy)
Neil Grayston, Felicia Day & Wil Wheaton in "One Small Step"
3. Doctor Who - "The God Complex" (BBC-America)
2. Alphas - "Blind Spot" (Syfy)
1. True Blood - "And When I Die" (HBO)
Guest Star of the Week: Brent Spiner on Alphas (Syfy)
Brent Spiner guest stars in "Blind Spot"
Webisode(s) of the Week: [tie]
The Guild (S5, Ep.8 ) - "Social Traumas"
* guest starring Kevin Sorbo, Eliza Dushku & Rick Fox among many!
Bandwagon (S1, Ep.10) - "It's Your One Shot"
"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" by Cut Copy
* Thanks to Outhouser GLX for bringing this cool video and many others to my attention!
"Last Man Standing" (Explicit Version) by Asher Roth featuring Akon
other notables: (for even more music vids from last week check out this thread)
"Anything (To Find You)" by Monica feat. Rick Ross
"Big" by Sneaky Sound System
"Come Alive" by Hanni El Khatib [TV-MA]
"Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" by Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne & André 3000 [TV-MA]
"Going and Going. And Going." by Icebird (feat. Aaron Livingston & RJD2)
"Just In Love" by Joe Jonas
"My Name Is Money" by Sonia Leigh
"No Te Preocupes Por Mi" (Spanish) by Edith Márquez
Trivia Question of the Week: With Sarah Michelle Gellar & Tony Head back on primetime, I naturally couldn't help but think of the show they're both best known for. In that series' musical episode ("Once More, With Feeling") Tony sang a moving ballad to SMG's character while she gracefully trained in slow-motion. Can you name the title of that arc-altering ballad?
Current Medal Standing:
~ Previous week's answer: Vi (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *
5. Melissa & Joey - "Do as I Say, Not as I Did" (ABC-FAM)
Melissa & Joey cast in "Do as I Say, Not as I Did"
4. Good Luck Charlie - "Ditch Day" (Disney)
Bridgit Mendler of Good Luck Charlie
3. Web Therapy - "Whistle While You Work" (SHO)
2. Victorious - "Who Did It to Trina?" (nick)
1. Free Agents - "Pilot" (NBC)
7. Project Runway - "What Women Want" (Lifetime)
Malin Ackerman, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors & Heidi Klum for Project Runway
6. Dark Matters: Twisted But True - "Sexy Secret Agent, Full Body Transplant, Honey I Nuked the Planet" (Sci)
John Noble hosts Dark Matters: Twisted But True
5. Secrets From a Stylist - "Exotic Contemporary Comfort" (HGTV)
Emily Henderson hosts Secrets From a Stylist
4. Born to Dance - "Born to Glam" (BET)
Laurieann Gibson was Born to Dance
3. Top Shot - "Turn the Corner" (History)
2. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Downsizing" (DSC)
* make sure to catch part 2 of the Aftershow in which Rick is a covered topic
1. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens and Lost Worlds" (History)
Monkey shaped Nazca Line in Peru
Surprisingly, I watched only twenty-eight and a half hours of column related primetime last week, though I did miss a few shows I'd intended to catch. Of the shows I did catch, Haven, Rizzoli & Isles, Strike Back, and The Protector barely missed making my Scripted List. The summer finale epi of Melissa & Joey, A.N.T. Farm, Supah Ninjas, iCarly, and The Looney Tunes Show all ride the honorable mention bench for my Sitcoms category, while, Top Chef: Just Desserts, HGTV'd (featuring Emily Henderson), What Not to Wear, Quirky, and Unleashed by Garo just missed placing on my Reality Shows list.
Exceptional guest stars, Michael Massee (on Rizzoli & Isles), Mark Pellegrino (on The Closer), Rebecca Mader (on Alphas), Alessandra Torresani (on Warehouse 13) and Kate Mulgrew (on Warehouse 13) all earned serious consideration for this column's Guest Star of the Week honor.
The area of my WiR previously called 'The Clone Wars Report' will sadly continue no more, but I couldn't let last week's season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars pass without mention. Read more about the exciting double-episode opener and check out its extras here.
Also debuting last week was Jane Espenson's comedically unconventional web series, Husbands (co-starring Alessandra Torresani). Give it a look if you're curious.
Soon after publishing this column, I look forward to watching an early premiere of the CW's Hart of Dixie (starring Rachel Bilson & Jaime King) thanks to their partnership with Klout. While I'm on the subject of Klout, I'd like to thank their FOXVIP perk program for scoring me early looks at new series Terra Nova & New Girl, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Speaking of early premieres, NBC's dangerously sexy new series Whitney is currently available OnDemand along with a handful of BTS extras for the show. Being a Whitney Cummings fan for some time, it's been fun reading her tweets about the show throughout its pilot season / early production stages. I don't follow stand-up comedy closely but even I knew Whitney as one of the funniest comics working today; I'm happy that she's getting this primetime shot. If you have OnDemand, consider screening her early premiere... and if you like it help her out by telling a friend.
Lastly, on a musical note, Sting has released a first interview webisode (of a series) in support of his new 3 cd + 1 dvd box set titled, Sting: 25 Years. The set hits shelves 9/27.
I hope you're as excited as I am to finally have the major shows back (and the dog days of summer behind us). If there are any shows you'd like to write about, please consider writing your reviews for us. We're in need of additional entertainment writers at the Outhouse - so let me know if you're interested.
Let the Fall Season Begin!! Be Well & Happy Viewing.
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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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