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Nightfly's TV Week in Review 9/18/11 - Doctor Who, Whitney, and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, September 26 2011 and posted in Features

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

TV Week in Review (week of 9/18/11)

I wouldn't've guessed CBS would take nearly half the slots on my first hour-long scripted list of the Fall, or be the only net to earn multiple slots,... but despite their (action-driven) dominance, the Top of the List honor goes to a Cybermen-centric episode of Doctor Who. Next week's column should be interesting as the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire competes against the series premiere of Terra Nova and what's sure to be a monumental season ender for Doctor Who.
Every network featured in this week's newly expanded sitcoms section scored double placement, except for chart topper NBC.
Starting this week I'm expanding my Outstanding Sitcoms category by two (to accommodate all the comedies on the schedule now) and reducing my Reality Show honoree list by two. I'm also reinstating my Favorite Teen Shows category, however, the sitcoms that compete in it will also be competing in the main sitcoms section too. Star Wars: The Clone Wars will compete in the teen shows category since that section isn't exclusively for comedies. Unsurprisingly, Nickelodeon dominated my first Favorite Teen Shows List this season garnering sixty-percent of its spots. The History Channel deserves kudos for being the only net to earn a second slot on this column's highly competitive Reality Shows list.
I was stunned by how many new music videos were released last week, and I'm sure I didn't learn about all of 'em. Believe it or not I excluded a few I found from this column.
Before I mention some of the premieres coming up this week (of 9/25), I wanted to publicly lament my failure to catch even a single episode of Top Gear's most recent series. Tonight (9/26) is TG's season finale, already. Regrettably, it fell into a very over-scheduled night and wasn't available to me this year OnDemand. I can only hope to catch up sometime later in reruns.
Tonight (Mon) brings the long-awaited series premieres of Terra Nova and Hart of Dixie, as well as the season premieres of Mike & Molly & Gossip Girl. Wednesday (9/28) debuts Suburgatory and the season premiere of Happy Endings. A new season of Kate Walsh's Private Practice opens Friday, as does CBS' new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman [series leads Kevin Dillon & David Hornsby share their Comic-Con Curriculum here].
Now onto my favorite picks from last week... many still viewable online.
* Warning: videos below may contain spoilers and/or mature content not suitable for all ages *

7. Hawaii Five-O - "Ha'i'ole (Unbreakable)" (CBS)

Follow Hawaii Five-O on twitter.

6. NCIS: L.A. - "Lange, H." (CBS)

Follow NCIS:LA on twitter.

5. Person of Interest - "Pilot" (CBS)

Follow Person of Interest on twitter.
* Check out the PoI panel at SDCC

4. Ringer - "She's Ruining Everything" (CW)
 Ioan Gruffudd & Sarah Michelle Gellar in "She's Ruining Everything"

3. Glee - "The Purple Piano Project" (FOX)
Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale & Naya Rivera in "The Purple Piano Project"

2. Strike Back - "Episode 6" (MAX)

1. Doctor Who - "Closing Time" (BBC-America)

Producer Denise Paul discusses "Closing Time"
Guest Star of the Week: Daniella Monet on Supah Ninjas (nick)
Daniella Monet
 Daniella Monet in "Morningstar Academy"
* Read about her guest appearance here.
* Favorite Teen Shows *

5. iCarly - "iLove You" (nick)
 Nathan Kress & Jennette McCurdy in "iLove You"

4. Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Special Preview (nick)
Kung Fu Panda
 Kung Fu Panda: Po!

3. Shake It Up - "Shrink It Up" (Disney)
Shake It Up
 Zendaya Coleman & Bella Thorne star in Shake It Up

2. Supah Ninjas - "Morningstar Academy" (nick)

Follow guest star Daniella Monet on twitter.
* Read about Monet's guest appearance here.

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars - "Prisoners" (TOON)
The Clone Wars
 Prince Lee-Char & Ahsoka Tano in "Prisoners"
Webisode of the Week: The Guild (S5, Ep.9) - "Invite Accepted"
<a href="" target='_new' title='Season 5 - Episode 9 - Invite Accepted' >Video: Season 5 - Episode 9 - Invite Accepted</a>
* follow The Guild on twitter.

* Emma Caulfield's offbeat web series Bandwagon typically ties for this spot but it was on hiatus this past week. Watch some extended "UrbanGlee" auditions on their extras page here.


Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"Papi" by Jennifer Lopez {released 9/19 via VEVO}

"Gonna Get Over You" by Sara Bareilles {released 9/22 via VEVO}

Honorable Mention: "Tattoos On This Town" by Jason Aldean {released 9/22 via VEVO}

other videos released last week;
"Blackout" by Breathe Carolina {released 9/22 via VEVO}
"Blame It On September" by Allstar Weekend {released 9/23 via VEVO}
"Bulletproof" by Steel Magnolia {released 9/21 via CMT}
"Daybreak" by Sierra Hull {released 9/21 via CMT}
"Finito" by N.O.R.E. {released 9/20 via VEVO} [TV-MA]
"Girl Talk" by Ultraviolet Sound {released 9/21 via VEVO}
"Never Will Be Mine" (R3hab Remix) by Rye Rye and Robyn {released 9/22 via VEVO}
"Pass At Me" (Explicit Version) by Timbaland (feat. Pitbull) {released 9/21 via VEVO}
"Superstar" by Gasoline Inc {released 9/20 via VEVO}
"Swim Good" by Frank Ocean {released 9/23 via VEVO}
"Take a Back Road" by Rodney Atkins {released 9/19 via CMT}
"This City" by Patrick Stump (feat. Lupe Fiasco) {released 9/20 via VEVO}
"When I Get My Wings" by Will Hoge {released 9/19 via CMT}
Trivia Question of the Week: The star and creator of this week's most Outstanding Sitcom also co-created another of the sitcoms that placed on the same list. Can you name the other show, in question, co-created by the star-creator of this column's top comedy? [answered]

Current Medal Standing:


~ Previous week's answer: Standing (Winner: avengingtitan)
* Outstanding Sitcoms *

7. 2 Broke Girls - "Pilot" (CBS)

Follow Beth Behrs, Kat Dennings, & 2 Broke Girls on twitter.

6. Two and a Half Men - "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" (CBS)

Follow Two and a Half Men on twitter.

5. Modern Family - "Dude Ranch" (ABC)

4. Modern Family - "When Good Kids Go Bad" (ABC)

3. Raising Hope - "Prodigy" (FOX)
Greyson Chance
 Greyson Chance guests in "Prodigy"

2. New Girl - "Pilot" (FOX)

Follow Zooey Deschanel and New Girl on twitter.

1. Whitney - "Pilot" (NBC)

Follow Whitney on twitter.


* Reality Shows *

5. Unleashed by Garo - "I'm Never Going to Take It All Off" (Sundance)

Follow Garo Sparo & Tali De'Mar on twitter.

4. Top Shot - "Tricked Out" (History)

Follow TOP SHOT host Colby Donaldson and Bass Pro Shops on twitter.

3. American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr. - "Gears of War" (DSC)

Follow Paul Jr., Vinnie, and Mikey on twitter.

2. Ancient Aliens - "Aliens and Deadly Weapons" (History)
Ancient Aliens
 Arthur receiving Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake

1. Born to Dance - "The Monster Ball" (BET)
Born to Dance winner LaTonya

Wow, it must be Fall if I'm catching forty-eight (48) hours worth of primetime programming for a column. From the momentous pool of shows I chose from, the hour-long series almost making my Scripted List were Warehouse 13, the season premiere of Fringe, the season finale of Eureka, and the series premieres of Unforgettable & Charlie's Angels. Read about how new "Charlie" (Victor Garber, Alias) nabbed the iconic voice role here.
There's sure no shortage of sitcoms on the schedule now and, not that I'm complaining, even more are premiering this week. Comedies nearly earning placement on this column's Outstanding Sitcoms List included The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Supah Ninjas, and both episodes of The Big Bang Theory. The Looney Tunes Show and A.N.T. Farm are the first of the season to ride my Favorite Teen Shows bench. There was also no shortage of Reality Shows last week; I made it even tougher on myself by reducing my weekly honoree list from seven to five (again) as scripted programs reclaim my focus. The reality shows barely missing this list were Project Runway, Curiosity: How Will the World End? (speculative CGI disaster porn narrated by Samuel L. Jackson), Secrets From a Stylist, What Not to Wear & Top Chef: Just Desserts.

My short-list of noteworthy guest stars swelled to ten for this entry. The thesps coming closest to taking my Guest Star of the Week honor included Vanessa Lengies (on Glee), The Glee Project's Lindsay Pearce (on Glee), Terry O'Quinn (on Hawaii Five-O), Courtney Ford (on Drop Dead Diva), and, Tim Blake Nelson (on Modern Family).

While the chances of Sesame Street coming to Glee aren't high, in a way Glee came to Sesame Street last week. In case you missed it and in recognition of what would've been Jim Henson's 75th birthday (9/24), check out this tribute clip titled, "G: A Glee Parody" (via by way of Glee Watch).

In my last column I embedded the first webisode of Sting's multi-part series promoting his new box set scheduled for release tomorrow (Tues 9/27). By my reckoning the ongoing web series is comprised of excerpts from the dvd that's part of the box set. Click on the following links to see the second and third installments in the Sting: 25 Years interview web series before you pick it up tomorrow.

Before I close this column I really must rave about the pilot of CW's Hart of Dixie (starring Rachel Bilson). I saw it early thanks to Klout and I really, really loved it. As a fan of both Jaime King and Tim Matheson I predicted I'd like it, but frankly, I haven't been so (emotionally) moved by a series opener since Grey's Anatomy. Thanks to Klout perks for letting me screen it early! I look forward to watching Zoe's story unfold over the rest of the season. Bilson (as Dr. Zoe Hart) is charming and richly compelling in this well-written, witty character & premiere.
Hart of Dixie
Don't miss the Hart of Dixie series premiere tonight (9/26) on the CW.

Clearly I enjoyed the past week of new programming. I trust you found something to like as well? If not, there's still more premieres to come. I encourage everyone to watch tonight's spectacular Terra Nova premiere on FOX. More thanks to Klout perks and their FOXVIP program for letting me screen TN early too.

I also can't wait for the return of sexy ABC sitcom, Happy Endings on Wednesday (9/28).
With luck I'll have some cool personal news to share with you all in my next WiR. Till then, 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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